To protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.
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I nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.
C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals and solve problems.
A ccountability: We perform with integrity and respect.
R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers and engaging our partners.
E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning and continuous performance improvement.
Mr. Ernesto “Tito” Rubio became the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) Administrator in December 2015. Overseeing a staff of 61, with a budget of over $5.3 million, the agency serves a combined rural and metropolitan population of approximately 141,000 residents.
With a strong focus on improving birth outcomes in the county, DOH-Citrus has been recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) as a promising public health practice for the agency’s "Breaking Barriers to Breastfeeding Support" initiative. The initiative's focal point was the creation of a unique partnership between DOH-Citrus' International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and the two hospitals that serve Citrus families. Thanks to their combined efforts in bringing lactation support to families that need it most, breastfeeding initiation rates for the county have increased from 75 percent (2017) to 79 percent (2018).
In 2019 Mr. Rubio's team was recognized as plaque winners of the 2019 Florida TaxWatch Productivity Awards. DOH-Citrus’ Communicable Disease team was awarded for developing and implementing a successful hepatitis C program, which tests adults at risk for hepatitis C, diagnoses them and ensures they are linked to care. The "Plum Case Network Solution,” a collaboration among DOH-Citrus and DOH-Marion Information Technology and Preparedness employees, received the award for its unique capability to provide full internet connectivity and secure access for up to 200 users during emergency situations.
Ever improving, DOH-Citrus continues to partner with local, county and federal agencies to significantly impact the overall health and wellness of its residents.