For Hometown News
DAYTONA BEACH -- Dr. Bonnie J. Sorensen, director of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, was named the 2013 Great Communicator by the Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association.
Dr. Sorensen will be honored Aug. 13 at the 14th annual "Gems in Communications" Great Communicator Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. at Cypress Head Golf Club in Port Orange.
The annual award, given to one outstanding communications professional in Volusia and Flagler counties, is the highest honor bestowed by the chapter.
Kent Donahue, chapter president, said Dr. Sorensen is celebrated for her tireless promotion of healthy lifestyles and public education.
"Dr. Sorensen has been highly successful in articulating the interconnection between public health and our everyday lives," he said. "She has demonstrated a lifetime of accomplishments in effective communication."
With more than 20 years in public health, Dr. Sorensen's professional experience includes service as deputy director of the Florida Department of Health, president of the Florida Public Health Association and recognition as an HIV/AIDS expert.
In 2007, she helped launch the California Department of Public Health in Sacramento under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In 2012, she was assigned as incident commander of the tuberculosis cluster investigation in Duval County and was named interim director of the Florida Department of Health in Duval County.
Dr. Sorensen received the 2012 Public Health Hero Award by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. She is board certified in Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Internal Medicine.
She earned her bachelor's degree and medical degree at the University of Illinois.
The public is invited to the luncheon, which is co-sponsored by Florida Health Care Plans and Cypress Head Golf Club, 6231 Palm Vista St., Port Orange. The cost, which includes lunch, is $18 for students, $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
Reservation deadline is Friday, Aug. 9. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit fpravolusiaflagler.org.