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.
Our Values (ICARE)
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.
With a strong focus on improving health outcomes for all in Citrus County, the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) is the driving force behind the Citrus Health Improvement Partnership. The partnership brings several agencies together to discuss strategies to address various public health issues, such as health equity, behavioral health, child health and safety, healthy behaviors, and access to health care.
In 2019, the mission of DOH-Citrus, "to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts," was put to the test when the state battled a growing hepatitis A outbreak early in the year followed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the medium-sized county health department, operating with a staff of approximately 60 full time employees was taxed during these incidents, the dedicated employees at DOH-Citrus honored its mission by providing exemplary service to the community through heightened surveillance, vaccination and testing, all while maintaining the agency's core programs such as immunizations, STI testing and treatment, prenatal care and family planning, WIC, Environmental Health and Community Health, among many others.