For Immediate Release
January 14, 2019
Contact Information

Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County
Communications Office

(BPRW) Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade Committee Leadership Announcement

(Black PR Wire) Miami, FL. – The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County is pleased to announce the newly elected 2019-2020 Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs that provide guidance to the Consortium.




Vice Chair

Children Issues  

Alina Soto, Department of Children Services

Cristina Brito, United Way

Elder Issues

Michael Pearson, Alzheimer’s Association

Cindy Brown, Lambda Living

Health and the Built Environment 

Cheryl Jacobs, Miami Center for Architecture and Design

Joanna Lombard, University of Miami

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Leyanee Perez, American Healthy Weight Alliance

Ana Teri Busse-Arvesu, Miami -Dade County Office of the Mayor

Marketing and Membership

Edwin O’Dell, Jackson Health System

Jason Mizrachi, Univision

Tobacco-Free Workgroup

Dr. Richard Thurer, University of Miami

Bill Amodeo, All Star Media

Worksite Wellness

Nathan Burandt, FIU

Desiree Addereley, Miami- Dade County


The Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade was established in 2003 by the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County to address the increasing rate of chronic disease in the community. The goals of the Consortium are to:

  • Integrate planning and assessment processes to maximize partnerships and expertise of

the community in accomplishing its goals.

  • Increase the percentage of adults and children who are at a healthy weight.
  • Build and revitalize communities so people can live healthy lives.
  • Increase access to resources that promote healthy behaviors.

The Consortium is guided by the goals and objectives established in Healthy People 2020. It is comprised of over 400 organizations, all united by the common belief that through collaboration and prevention-focused initiatives, Miami-Dade County residents can live longer, healthier, and happier.

To learn more, visit the Consortium For a Healthier Miami-Dade website for meeting times and updates. 

Consortium membership is free and open to all individuals who share the vision, mission and goals of the Consortium. To become a member and participate in the monthly Consortium committee meetings, simply fill out the form by clicking here.


About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.


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