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Preserving History (and making a little, too!)

Thursday, October 27, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bryan Campbell
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 Pictured from left: Alan Harmon, M.D., Bryan Campbell, Sen. Aaron Bean, Russ Jackson

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, I was fortunate to take part in a little bit of history, while working to preserve more history at the same time. The photo above is at the conclusion of the first-ever meeting in the conference room at Senator Aaron Bean's new Jacksonville office. I'm joined by former DCMS and FMA President Alan Harmon, M.D. (left) and Russ Jackson on the right.

But this meeting was about much more than grabbing a nice photo in a new office. As you are aware, the elections are less than two weeks away, and in just a few weeks after that, the 2017 Legislative season will begin when Committee assignments are given and work on writing legislation begins.

There are a number of key issues which we will monitor as we move into the Legislative Session. One of particular importance here is the Sowder Public Health Building. This historical structure sits on the site of the Florida Department of Health Lab just north of downtown. The Sowder Building was the home of the first Public Health Department in the state of Florida.

The building has not been used in years, but back in 2002, it was restored and rededicated as a Museum to Public Health. Unfortunately, that plan never came to fruition, and the building sits in decay. You can read about the 2002 dedication here.

The Duval County Medical Society and the DCMS Foundation are now working with the Florida Medical Association and Senator Bean to breath new life into this historic building and revitalize the plan for the Museum of Public Health. As the Legislative Session draws near, stay tuned for further updates on our progress.