Dr. Scott Rivkees

As COVID flares, FL surgeon general Rivkees is on the way out; who will replace him?

BY: - August 27, 2021

Rarely seen in public since April 2020, Florida Surgeon General  Scott Rivkees will officially disappear from the Department of Health next month. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ press secretary, Christina Pushaw, confirmed Friday that Rivkees, who was appointed by DeSantis in June 2019, will depart when his contract expires Sept. 20. Pushaw, in June, told the Florida […]

World AIDS Day: FL is heavily impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic

BY: - December 1, 2020

State officials on Tuesday commemorated those who are living with or have lost their lives due to HIV/AIDS, a global public health issue with disproportionate HIV rates in southern states in the nation, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Dec. 1, people across the globe recognized World AIDS Day, to […]

Gov. DeSantis, V.P. Pence to huddle over coronavirus campaign

BY: - February 28, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis was to meet in South Florida with Vice President Mike Pence on Friday afternoon to discuss efforts to contain coronavirus, the governor’s office announced. The meeting was set for 3 p.m. at Palm Beach International Airport, according to the governor’s daily schedule. DeSantis’ press office had no immediate reply to a request […]

First Lady attacks opioid addiction; focuses on babies born with addictions

BY: - October 2, 2019

First Lady Casey DeSantis announced new initiatives Wednesday targeting opioid addiction, including plans to hire a statewide coordinator of services for pregnant women and mothers and their children. Opioid abuse claims 17 lives each day in Florida – more than 6,000 per year, Ms. DeSantis said. Moreover, nationwide the number of children born with drug […]

Florida's surgeon general

Is Gov. DeSantis’ pick for FL surgeon general qualified, based on state law?

BY: - April 12, 2019

Amid the allegations, scrutiny and bad press over Gov. DeSantis’ pick for Florida’s surgeon general comes a fundamental question: Is Dr. Scott Rivkees qualified, by law, for the job? The University of Florida professor and chair of pediatrics has lofty academic degrees, medical training and a list of accomplishments, according to biographical material. But the […]

Florida's surgeon general

Will Florida’s new surgeon general survive all the scrutiny?

BY: - April 8, 2019

A week after appointing a new surgeon general for Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis is trying to stem the bad press over the pick, even as the state Senate has decided to postpone confirmation hearings. The governor’s office late Friday released a series of positive letters about Dr. Scott Rivkees, who was appointed April 1 as […]