Claudia Blackburn has been the Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) in Leon County (Tallahassee) since June 2014. She is in the
unique position of being employed by Florida State University (FSU) as assistant professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine and is contracted to work as the Health Officer for the FDOH-Leon.
Florida Department of Health – Leon is located in north central Florida and has mostly an urban population of 285,890 (2017 census estimate). She works with a dedicated staff of 197 public health professionals to protect, promote and improve the health of Leon County residents through an integrated public healthsystem. Her vision is to sustain a high performing health department that works collaboratively with community partners to create the conditions where everyone can be as healthy as the healthiest person in Leon County.
Previous positions include Director of Health for Sedgwick County HealthDepartment (PHAB accredited) in Wichita, KS from May 2005 to June 2014 and
Amarillo Department of Public Health from 1996-2005.
She is currently the Past President of the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments and is a past Kansas Health Foundation Fellow and graduate of the Kansas Public Health Leadership Institute as well as the National Public HealthLeadership Institute. A public health practitioner for over 40 years, Blackburn holds a BSN from University of Connecticut, an MPH from University of Texas School of Public Health and is a Certified Public Manager. Trained as a Women’s Healthcare Nurse Practitioner, she maintains national certification though not currently practicing.
Claudia has been privileged to serve on the NACCHO Board since 2013. Blackburn has been a Public Health Accreditation Board site reviewer for eight years and successfully shepherded Sedgwick County Health Department and assisted DOH-Leon through the accreditation process.
Tuesday, July 9
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM