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Health Officer

Fl Dept of Health in Martin County

Karlette J. Peck
Health Officer
Florida Department of Health, Martin County

Karlette J. Peck, MPH, P.A.

Karlette Peck became the Health Officer of the Martin County Health Department in July, 2011. The Martin County Health Department serves a community of approximately 146,000 people. Prior to becoming Health Officer in Martin County, Karlette served as the Deputy Health Officer for the St. Lucie County Health Department where she held a number of leadership roles since 1996.

Karlette is a Florida licensed Physician Assistant and a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Health at the University of South Florida (USF) with a concentration in Global Communicable Disease. She earned a Masters degree in Public Health Practice and a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science. She also earned a Graduate Certification in Disaster Management from USF.

Karlette has a diverse 30 year career in Public Health in Florida. She started her public health career in Martin County as a Physician’s Assistant providing clinical services, from there she assumed a variety of public health positions including the Assistant County Epidemiologist in Palm Beach County; regional Epidemiology, HIV/TB/STD Program Management; the Director of Epidemiology and Disease Control in St. Lucie County; the Deputy Health Officer in St. Lucie County and now the Martin County Health Department Health Officier.

Karlette is a member of the Florida HIV/AIDS Research Consortium; the American Public Health Association; a member of the Martin County Executive Roundtable and the Martin County Health Collaborative. She is active in several civic organizations in Martin County and is a graduate lecturer in Epidemiology at Florida Atlantic University and Adjunct faculty at Indian River State College.

Karlette has worked as a public health leader and advocate in the community on issues of interest such as HIV/AIDS, Oral Health, Public Health Preparedness and Maternal and Child Health for 30 years. Karlette was able to use her background and education to research access to care issues in the community and to develop public health programs to enhance access to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Her efforts at working within the community have led to progress in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS/STD and increased access to Oral Health services.