- About our Health Officer
- Annual Reports
- Founder of Palm Beach County Health Department
- Guiding Principles
- Our History
- Preventive Medicine Residency
- Community Health Assessment, Community Health Improvement Plan
- Table of Organization
- The Pulse Newsletter
- Volunteer at the Health Department
- Volunteer Health Care Provider Program
- Temporary Program and Services
About our Health Officer
Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County Director, Alina Alonso, M.D., has been serving the medically underserved in Palm Beach County since 1989. As Director, Dr. Alonso oversees the operations of one of the largest county health departments in the state. Its 750 employees provide a full range of primary and preventive services through seven health centers strategically placed throughout the county. Numerous other Public Health services include Environmental Public Health, Nutrition, School Health, Community Health, Communicable Disease and Epidemiology, Immunizations and Maternal Child Health. These wide ranging quality programs and services make the department a nationally recognized organization in a class by itself.
Dr. Alonso has trained in Bio-Chemical Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction since 1997. She has the experience of handling the clinical operations of the first case of terrorist related inhalation Anthrax in the United States in 2001. She has extensive training in communicable and emergent diseases.
Dr. Alonso received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Barry University in 1978 where she majored in Biology, and Minored in Chemistry and Mathematics. She began her medical career as a 1984 graduate of the foreign medical school, Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. Dr. Alonso served as Chief Resident in the three-year Family Practice Residency Program at St. Joseph Medical Center, New York, from 1985 to 1988. After returning home to Palm Beach County, she finished a second residency in Public Health and Preventive Medicine in 1992 at the Palm Beach County Health Department. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice and a member of the Palm Beach County Medical Society.
Dr. Alonso serves on the faculty for Nova Southeastern University, Health Professions Division as Clinical Assistant Professor and remains very active in the Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency Program at the Department of Health in Palm Beach County training future leaders.
In addition to her Public Health responsibilities, Dr. Alonso combines her Cuban heritage and her experience and training in Mexico and Central America to stay active in minority health issues, patient's rights advocacy, cultural diversity, health equity, and tolerance training. Her favorite pastime is snorkeling or scuba diving off the Florida Keys and the Bahamas Islands with her sons Gabriel and Alex.
“We will remain champions for the healthiest community in the nation, empower the youth to choose healthier lifestyles, build healthier communities and improve access to care with the help and support of our many partners in this community.” Alina Alonso, M.D.