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Meet DOH-Leon's Health Officer

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Claudia Blackburn, MPH, RN, CPM
Health Officer
Florida Department of Health in Leon County

Claudia Blackburn has been the Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Leon County (Tallahassee) since June 2014.  DOH-Leon is located in north central Florida and has a mostly urban population of 284,740 (2015 census estimate).  Her vision is to create a high performing health department that works collaboratively with community partners to make the healthy choice the easy choice. Blackburn was instrumental in the formation of an academic health department agreement between DOH-Leon, Florida State University and Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University.  These partners and the NAACP created and support the Southside and Frenchtown Community Advisory Council representing communities experiencing health disparities and inequities.

Previous positions include Director of Health for Sedgwick County Health Department (PHAB accredited) in Wichita, KS from May 2005 to June 2014 and Amarillo Department of Public Health from 1996-2005. 

Blackburn has been president of the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments and the Texas Association of Local Health Officials and is a graduate of the Kansas Health Foundation Fellows Program, the Kansas Public Health Leadership Institute and the National Public Health Leadership Institute.  A public health practitioner for over 35 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.   

Blackburn has been a Public Health Accreditation Board site reviewer for five years and successfully shepherded Sedgwick County Health Department and DOH-Leon through the accreditation process.  She was also a member of the PHAB Accreditation Improvement Committee, providing feedback on the reaccreditation process. 

Claudia has served on the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Board since 2013, the Accreditation Preparation and Quality Improvement Workgroup from 2010-2013 and the Public Health Informatics Workgroup since 2011 (Co-chair since 2016). She has been actively involved in local public health’s role in the health information exchange at the local, state and national level. 

Claudia is married, has a son, grandson and a daughter who is entering graduate school.  When she’s not working, she fully appreciates her friends and family, faith community and loves to meditate, kayak, travel, cook and live as balanced a life as possible.