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Erin Hess
Interim Administrator
Florida Department of Health in Duval County

Erin Hess, DOH-Duval Interim AdministratorErin Hess began her current position as interim Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Duval County on April 9, 2018.   Erin served the Department of Health as the Administrator in Marion County from 2015 – 2017, Okeechobee County from 2011–2015 and simultaneously as the Interim Administrator in Hardee County from 2013–2015. 

Erin was the Administrative Services Director for the Florida Department of Health in Highlands County from 2009–2011 and served as Healthy Lifestyle Coordinator for the Department in Hardee County from 2005 - 2009. Erin has a Bachelor of Science degree in public affairs from Indiana University and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from the University of Central Florida.

Ms. Hess received a Davis Productivity Award in 2010 for her work on the Community Health Improvement Planning Training Team and has served as a “story from the field” with National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in the states of Mississippi, Ohio and California over the past few years speaking on her passion and practice of community health improvement planning and partnership development. 

Ms. Hess was one of twenty health officials from across the United States convened by the de Beaumont Foundation and NACCHO to discuss efforts to develop leadership and skill training for the next generation of public health leaders who are faced with leading in an ever changing environment. 

Erin is a NACCHO Survive and Thrive 2012 graduate and an active member of the Florida Association of County Health Officers serving previously as secretary.  Ms. Hess has served as the Chairperson for the Department of Health Southwest Regional Business Managers, has been a member of Toastmasters International from 2009 - 2013 and served a term as Area Governor.  Ms. Hess was a member of the Leadership Highlands Class of 2005 and stays actively involved in civic organizations such as domestic violence shelters, United Way and Big Brothers Big Sisters. 

Erin hails from Indiana but has been a Floridian for over a decade.  In her time away from the office, Erin enjoys hiking and paddle boarding, sharpening her golf game, following Tennessee Volunteer and Oakland Raider football and can never get enough time with her niece and two nephews.