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.
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.
Mr. Rubio’s team leads the state in breastfeeding initiation rates among its Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clients, with an average initiation rate of more than 84 percent.
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 safe sleep initiatives, including its popular Baby Box Program.
Ever improving, DOH-Citrus continues to partner with local, county and federal agencies to significantly impact the overall health and wellness of its residents.