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Citrus County Health Department


Mr. Ernesto “Tito” Rubio has served as an administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County since December 2015. Overseeing a staff of 73, with a budget of over $5.1 million, the agency serves a combined rural and metropolitan population of approximately 142,000 residents. Mr. Rubio is also currently serving as the Interim Administrator for Columbia & Hamilton Counties.

Mr. Rubio earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Chapman University in 1986, and completed his Master in Public Health from the University of South Florida in 2013.  Mr. Rubio serves as a leader in the community to impact the aspects of health promotion regarding treatment and preventative medicine.

Mr. Rubio’s team leads the state in care of people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Autoimmune Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), with a viral suppression rate of over 91%, versus the state average of 58%. The Department of Health in Citrus County established one of the first Hepatitis C treatment programs for underserved clients of Citrus County.  Not only is the Hepatitis C program in Citrus County used as a state model but also: Healthiest Weight, Environmental Toxic Surveillance Program, Public Health Preparedness, and the Healthy Start Initiative. The Department of Health in Citrus continues to partner with local, county, and federal agencies to significantly impact the overall health and wellness of its’ residents.

Mr. Rubio’s responsiveness to the Department and community as a leader are reflected as he represents Citrus County in following Department/Community organizations: West Central Coalition, Executive Board Member and Investment Committee Chair for the Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation, Citrus ESF-8 Working Group, Board Member of the Community Alliance of Citrus County, Health Equity Priority Area (PAW) Working Group, Fetal Infant Mortality Review Committee, Tampa Bay Health and Medical Preparedness Coalition, Langley Health Services – Community Advisory Board for Diabetes Education, Co-chairman of the Citrus Health Improvement Partnership. Mr. Rubio is also involved with many workgroups such as the EPH testing of wells, Arsenic in local water working in conjunction with DEP, and Board of County Commissioners, EPI Program Council, and Local and State Performance Management Councils.

Continuing a distinguished thirteen-year career with the department, Mr. Rubio previously served as Chief Financial Officer for Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County in 2014 -2015; Administrative Services Director and Field Support Trainer for Florida Department of Health from 2006 to 2014, and as Business Manager for Florida Department of Health in Indian River County from 2002 to 2006.

A proven leader and organizational strategist, he is retired from the military with nine years of service in the U.S. Navy and fourteen years as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. His interests include golf and fishing; and is looking forward to exploring the many beautiful waterways of Citrus County in his new interest, kayak fishing.