Recognizes an individual or group who develops innovative responses to emerging public health and/or social challenges.
Mark Howard Rosenblum has called Miami home since 1977. His interest in food and its related health outcomes led to a Bachelor and a Master of Public Health in Human Nutrition at the University of Michigan in 1976. Rosenblum also earned an M.B.A. from the University of Miami in 1987.
Rosenblum is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, and a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist by the State of Florida. He is director of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and an adjunct assistant professor with the UM Miller School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics.
The Jackson Memorial Hospital WIC is the only hospital-based WIC program in Florida. Rosenblum expanded services from a stand-alone WIC clinic concept to inpatient and outpatient specialty care units. This enhances unique opportunities for servicing to the most medically involved patients in Miami-Dade County. Rosenblum implemented systems to securely access patient information to assess nutrition risk. He also established WIC services in the NICU and Newborn Nursery, funding lactation consultants and breast-feeding peer counselors to support breast-feeding success.
Rosenblum trains medical residents, students, allied health professionals and dietetic interns. He was the principal investigator on a Centers for Disease Control surveillance study on pediatric undernutrition in Miami-Dade County. He has served as chairman of the Nutrition Section of the Florida Public Health Association and WIC Program Services Efficiency Initiative. He participates in the Interdisciplinary Professional Collaborative on Community Health at the Mailman Center for Child Development and the Healthy Start Coalition’s Community Action Group. He is current chairman of the coalition’s Fetal Infant Mortality Review.
Rosenblum enjoys being an amateur saxophonist, tending his garden and preparing nurturing foods. He is blessed with a son and wonderful wife of 29 years.