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Rebecca Lazensky; B.S., M.P.H.

Regional Environmental Epidemiologist; Florida Department of Health

Gainesville, FL 32601, 352-955-1900


Becky received her MPH degree in Global Health from Emory University in 2006 and is a recent graduate of the Florida Epidemic Intelligence Service (FL-EIS) Program. As an FL-EIS fellow, Becky provided epidemiological assistance to the Northeast Florida region (Nassau, Baker, Clay, and St Johns counties) by investigating outbreaks and responding to emerging health trends. After completing the FL-EIS program, Becky served as the County Epidemiologist for the Nassau County Health Department. At present, Becky serves 16 County Health Departments (CHDs) and provides support for food and waterborne disease investigations and outbreak response efforts. In this position, Becky enjoys enhancing environmental epidemiology capacity at local CHD’s in Florida. Becky has been in her current position since October 2008. Becky's office is located in Gainesville and she is responsible for Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Putnam, Suwannee, Union, Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties.


To effectively develop leadership skills, one must recognize the issues that others in their same field confront in order to learn what common challenges are faced before working together to develop best practices. Networking within the EPHLI network has proven invaluable throughout the year and has assisted many of us during the in class meetings, email conversations, and conference calls with our team members. The projects and ideas expressed by my colleagues during the EPHLI sessions provided a source of new information that will be applicable to my daily job responsibilities in the field of public health. Listening to the stories and lessons of those who work in public health imparted a tremendous knowledge base. EPHLI aims to impart an array of new skills that can help future leaders influence and change health outcomes by applying the concepts outlined in the essential public health services to their everyday life.