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Episode #347 Being A ‘Disruptor’ In Public Health, With Rebecca Desir, MPH

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Meet Rebecca Desir, an award-winning public health practitioner, the founder of the Black Health Commission, and the senior manager of community advocacy for AdventHealth in Florida. She joins us to tell us about her focus on the Black diaspora in her public health mission. Tuning in, you’ll hear all about Rebecca’s life as the daughter of Haitian immigrants, her career, her passion for the Black diaspora, and all the different things she is responsible for in her multitude of public health jobs. We delve into what the Black Health Commission is before Rebecca tells us about the Eagle Award she won recently. Lastly, Rebecca tells us how her knowledge of public health helps her impact her community. To hear all this and even be encouraged to keep an open mind when finding your way in this industry, press play now!


Meet Rebecca Desir


Rebecca Desir, an award-winning public health practitioner from Ft Lauderdale, Florida, is currently the Senior Manager of Community Advocacy at AdventHealth Central Florida. Dedicated to health equity in Black communities, she founded the nonprofit Black Health Commission and organizes the annual BLK JOY Festival. Rebecca has received recognition such as Orlando Business Journal's 40 under 40 and was a finalist for Orlando Sentinel's 2023 Central Floridian of the Year. Active in her community, she serves on the boards of The LGBTQ+ Center Orlando and the Center for Thriving Communities. In her free time, she enjoys reading, attending music events, and hosting game nights.



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Conversation Highlights


  • A warm welcome to today’s guest, Rebecca Desir

  • Rebecca tells us a little bit about herself and how she got into public health

  • Why Rebecca is passionate about the Black diaspora

  • All of the different hats Rebecca wears in her current roles in public health

  • What the Black Health Commission is and what their mission is

  • The award Rebecca recently won from the African American Chamber of Commerce

  • How understanding public health helps Rebecca serve her community

  • She shares some advice for anyone trying to find their way in public health



“We hear of all these different statistics where Black folks tend to get the short end of the stick and [are] just trying to navigate a system that wasn’t really built with us in mind and so what we try to focus on is assets.” — Rebecca Desir

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