Meet Our Director
Florida Department of Health - St. Johns County
200 San Sebastian View
Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
Dawn C. Allicock, M.D., M.P.H., C.P.H.
Director / Health Officer
Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County
Dr. Allicock has been the Director and Health Officer with the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County (DOH-St. Johns) since 2004. She has a varied and diverse medical education and public health background that forms her focused vision for Public Health.
Dr. Allicock’s education includes an A.B. from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, an M.D. from the Eugenio Maria de Hostos University School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic and an M.P.H. from the University of South Florida, College of Public Health Practice Executive Program. In 2008, as a member of the charter class for voluntary national certification in Public Health, Dr. Allicock became one of the first in the nation to become certified in Public Health. She completed her pediatric residency training at University of Columbia, Missouri. Dr. Allicock is licensed to practice medicine in three states, Florida, Texas and Nebraska, and she is board certified in urgent care medicine, and board eligible in pediatrics.
After working as a private practitioner in Texas, Dr. Allicock answered a calling to work in Public Health. Prior to her current role, her public health positions have included medical director of a not-for-profit pediatric clinic funded by the Texas Healthcare Network; pediatrician for the St. Lucie and Okeechobee County Health Departments; and Medical Director/Senior Physician and Laboratory Director of St. Lucie County Health Department.
In addition to serving in her role as Director / Health Officer with DOH-St. Johns, Dr. Allicock has served as interim Director / Health Officer with DOH-Duval in 2013, and also as interim Director / Health Officer with DOH-Clay in 2015.
Most recently, Dr. Allicock represented Public Health at the national level by serving on the Board of Directors of the National Association of County and City Health Officials representing Region 4, and volunteering as a Public Health Accreditation Board Site Visit Examiner for those organizations/agencies seeking national public health accreditation. At the state level, Dr. Allicock is a Board member of the Governor’s Florida Sterling Council; a Florida Sterling/State-Level Baldrige Award Alumnus Examiner; co-chairs the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Communicable Diseases & Epidemiology Program Council; and serves on the FDOH Health Equity Program Council. Regionally and locally, Dr. Allicock serves as Health Officer Representative and Convener for the Child Abuse Review Team Circuit 7; Board member Circuit 7 Community Alliance, Department of Children and Families; Champion and Convener, St. Johns Health Leadership Council; member of St. Johns River Rural State College Advisory Council; member of St. Johns County Medical Society; Chair of the St. Johns County Infant Mortality Task Force. Additionally, Dr. Allicock has served on the Board of the Florida Association of County Health Officers; served on the FDOH Performance Management Advisory Council; FDOH Agency State Strategic Planning Workgroup; FDOH Health Officers Performance Expectations Workgroup; served as Chair of the Northeast Florida Consortium; member of the American Public Health Association, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
In 2011, DOH-St. Johns was recognized on the national stage for its role model status as an outstanding Public Health Agency. Dr. Allicock was privileged to share their performance excellence journey as a keynote speaker at both the CDC in Atlanta, GA, and the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin, TX. At the 2012 American Public Health Association Conference, Dr. Allicock participated on a panel and presented an abstract entitled Using Healthy People 2020 Across the Life Span to Drive Local Health Department and Community Planning Efforts.
In addition to the United States, Dr. Allicock has resided in Guyana and the Dominican Republic. Her observations and experiences of healthcare in these diverse cultural systems have infused her with an understanding of the necessity of a strong public health presence in all communities. She was quick to realize that in a changing world, the traditional management and organization of public health agencies would not produce optimal results. Dr. Allicock pro-actively implemented the Baldrige/Sterling Management Model at the DOH-St. Johns, resulting in evidenced-based results, increased accountability, efficiency, and improved public health outcomes. She led her Agency to achieve recognition as a 2009 recipient of the Governor’s Sterling Award for Performance Excellence, and in 2011, as one of the first recipients of the Governor’s Sterling Sustained Performance Excellence Award. Again, in 2015 and 2017, Dr. Allicock led her Agency to achieve recognition as a 2015 Governor’s Sterling Award recipient, and a 2017 Governor’s Sterling Sustained Performance Excellence Award recipient. By embracing this national performance based management model, Dr. Allicock sees the way to building a sustainable public health infrastructure supporting core public health needs of her community.