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"Meet our Health Officer, Dr. Jennifer Bencie"

Florida Department of Health in Manatee County

Dr Jennifer Bencie Headshot

Jennifer Bencie
MD, MSA


Jennifer Bencie, MD, MSA

In August 2009, Jennifer Bencie became the County Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County.  She oversees a staff of 120, and a $10 million budget.  The agency is involved in many population health initiatives worksite wellness, school health and environmental monitoring. Dr. Bencie is also the Health/Medical Co-chair for the southwest Region 6 Domestic Security Task Force. She previously served as Director of the Division of Emergency Medical Operations for the Florida Department of Health in Tallahassee.  The Division oversees the state’s health and medical preparedness system, as well as the state’s trauma centers and EMS. Including federal grants, the division budget was approximately $200 million.  In her almost 20 years with the Department of Health, Dr. Bencie has also served in leadership roles in the health departments in Orange, Seminole, Miami-Dade and Bay counties.

Dr. Bencie is a current Adjunct Professor at Everglades University and a former professor at Florida State University’s College of Medicine and the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Bencie is a board member of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Manatee Memorial Hospital, Centerstone of Florida, the Manatee Healthcare Alliance, the local Ivy League Club, and the Arts and Health Coalition of Sarasota/Manatee.

Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from Brown University, her medical degree from UAG, Mexico and her master's degree in health administration from Central Michigan University at Fort Gordon, Georgia.   Her interests include rowing, beagle rescue and travel.