About our Health Officer
Congratulations to DOH-Palm Beach’s Dr. Alina Alonso for being named a “Woman of the Year” in USA Today
Dr. Alina Alonso has been serving the medically underserved in Palm Beach County through the Health Department since 1989. As the Director since 2009, she oversees the operations of one of the largest county health departments in the state. Its 720 plus employees provide a full range of primary and preventive services to seven health centers located throughout Palm Beach County. Its numerous other Public Health services include Epidemiology, Communicable Disease Control, Environmental Public Health, Nutrition, Emergency Preparedness, School Health and Community Health and Education, making it a nationally recognized academic 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 first case of inhalation Anthrax in the United States in recent history. She has extensive training with communicable and emergent diseases having handled everything from Anthrax to Zika. She maintains a passion for a healthy community with equity for every resident and visitor.
Dr. Alonso graduated from Barry University in 1978 with a Major in Biology, a double Minor in Chemistry and Mathematics and a BS degree. She pursued her medical career as a 1984 graduate of the foreign medical school, Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. In New York, she served as Chief Resident in the three-year Family Practice Residency Program at St. Joseph Medical Center from 1985 to 1988. After returning home, 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, a member the National Association of County and City Health Officers since of the Palm Beach County Medical Society and a member of the Palm Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors. She is also an appointed commissioner at the Health Care District Board since 2009.
Dr. Alonso serves on the faculty for Nova Southeastern University, Health Professions Division as Clinical Assistant Professor, Affiliate Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, and Affiliated Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Education, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She serves as the institutional officer for the Preventive Medicine/Public Health Residency Program at the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach training and mentoring future public health leaders.
She has won numerous awards and recognition in the many years in Public Health such as Executive Women of the Palm Beaches-Public Sector 2009,Cardinal Newman High School Alumni Legacy Award 2013, Palm Beach County Medical Society Hero in Medicine Physician of the Year 2016, Woman Physician of the Year 2020, Heroes in Medicine-Tulisa LaRocca MD Leadership Award 2020, COVID Outstanding Service Recognition-County Safety Council of PB County 2021, and the Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health for Palm Beach County Contributor, 2021.
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 population health. Her favorite pastime is snorkeling and scuba diving off the Florida Keys and the Bahamas Islands with her sons Gabriel and Alex.
QUOTE: “I am a Family Practice Physician by training, but a Preventive Medicine/Public Health servant by choice.”