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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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Our Health Officer:

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Joseph D. Pepe, Ed. D., MSA

Joseph Pepe serves as the Administrator at the Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County.  Prior to his current role, Dr. Pepe served as an emergency planner for the agency developing responses to public health emergencies.  Before joining the Florida Department of Health, Dr. Pepe was the Executive Vice President of Administration at Hodges University and Executive Director at Nova Southeastern University leading campuses in multiple states and three countries.  During that time Dr. Pepe launched several medical and allied health programs along with several community partnerships such as the Medical Reserve Corp and the 1st American Legion Post on a college campus to support Veterans returning home. Currently, Dr. Pepe is a current or past Board Member for Junior Achievement of SW Florida, Health Planning Council, National Board Member of Diversity First, Family Self Sufficiency Program and Early Learning Coalition, and Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network, Chair of the SW Florida Regional HIV/AIDS Consortia, Chair of the Hendry County Emergency Services Council, and serves in an advisory capacity to several non-profit organizations.

Currently, Dr. Pepe is working with community partners to develop a comprehensive strategy to improve the lives of all members. Dr. Pepe has presented at several statewide conferences on Adverse Childhood Experiences and their impact upon health and academic achievement.

Dr. Pepe holds a Doctorate Degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education and Human Services, a Masters in Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Sociology from the University of South Florida. He is also a Professor at Barry University teaching graduate courses in administration as part of their Masters in Administration.

Legislative Intent:

The Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County (DOH-Charlotte) is a state agency that is part of the Florida Department of Health and is governed by Florida Statute 154. The Florida Legislature designed the statute with the intent that county health departments (CHDs) have a unique partnership between the state and the counties to meet the public health needs of the state. To strengthen this partnership the CHDs and the counties enter into a contractual arrangement which is renewed annually.

Our Philosophy of Doing Business:

DOH-Charlotte employees view you as the owner and customer of this organization. As such, we always strive to make sure you have a great experience every time you do business with us. We are always looking at new and better ways to assure that we all live in a healthy community. Likewise, we are always looking at how we can create more public health value for you while making the best use of your time and keeping costs down.

Department of Health Mission:

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

Department of Health Vision:

To be the Healthiest State in the Nation

Department of Health Values:

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.

Role of the Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County:

Policy Development * Assessment * Assurance

Core Competencies:
1. Delivering Public Health Services.
2. Public Health Educator.
3. Public Health Regulator.
4. Monitor Public Health trends.

Essential Public Health Services:
1. Monitor health status to identify community health problems.
2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
4. Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.
5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
7. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.
8. Assure a competent public health and personal healthcare workforce.
9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.