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Nov. 18, 2013

Florida Medical Executive Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

For immediate release:
Nov. 18, 2013

WASHINGTONThe American Medical Association (AMA) presented E. Russell Jackson, former senior vice president at the Florida Medical Association (FMA), with the Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given by the AMA to honor a medical association executive who has contributed substantially to the goals and ideals of the medical profession.

"We are pleased to present Russell Jackson with this award, honoring his outstanding commitment to the medical community of Florida," said David O. Barbe, M.D., chair of the AMA Board of Trustees. "He has played a pivotal role in helping Florida physicians provide better care for their patients."

As senior vice president for the FMA, Jackson directly assisted the executive vice president and the president in the all aspects of the FMA's management and operations. He was previously the director of the FMA's Division of Programs where he supervised eight departments in addition to working closely with the Florida Legislature, the U.S. Congress and government agencies at state and national levels.

Prior to joining the FMA in 1984, Jackson spent nearly ten years with the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS). While at HRS, Jackson was the legislative liaison for the State Public Health Office and was involved in health program planning and policy development. He participated directly in the effort to separate public health out of HRS, which was successfully accomplished with the leadership of the FMA in 1996 creating a new Florida Department of Health.

Jackson has been integral in his contributions to the governance of the FMA's Executive Committee, Board of Governors, House of Delegates, Committee on Strategic Planning, Florida AMA Delegation and the Committee on the Museum of Medicine and Public Health. Mr. Jackson obtained a Bachelor of Arts in government from Jacksonville University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from East Carolina University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

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