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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

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The Department At A Glance

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The Department of Health is Florida’s state agency dedicated to protecting, promoting and improving the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.

Established by the Florida Legislature in 1996, the Department traces its roots to the creation of the Florida State Board of Health in 1889. The Department of Health is an executive branch agency, established in section 20.43, F.S.  Led by a State Surgeon General who serves as the State Health Officer and is directly appointed by Florida’s Governor and confirmed by Florida’s Senate, the Department also has two Deputy Secretaries who oversee the business and programmatic operations. 

The Department is comprised of a state health office (central office) in Tallahassee with statewide responsibilities, Florida’s 67 county health departments, 22 Children’s Medical Services area offices, 12 Medical Quality Assurance regional offices, nine Disability Determinations regional offices, and five public health laboratories. Facilities for the 67 county health departments are provided through partnerships with local county governments and provide a variety of services.

MISSION: To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

VISION: To be the Healthiest State in the Nation

VALUES: ICARE
I nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.
C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.
A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.
R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.
E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.