Welcome to the Florida Department of Health in Lee County
Department of Health in Lee County
Angela M. Smith, BS, MHA, Administrator
Angela Smith, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Lee County, is responsible for the oversight and supervision of public health programs. She administers a budget of over $16 million in a county with over 735,000 residents and 1.7 million annual visitors. Angela has a special interest in the reduction of health disparities and in evidence-based strategies to increase early detection of cancer and reduce chronic disease mortality. Additional interests include the incorporation of behavioral health practices into the public health setting. She has a strong background in public health program implementation and public health administration. Angela currently serves on the Healthy Lee Executive Committee and is a member of the Communicable Disease and Health Equity Program Councils. She was selected as one of 40 health officials nationally to participate in the National Council for Behavioral Health’s 2019 Behavioral Health Training Institute for Health Officials sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control. Angela has formerly served on the Health Equity Priority Area Workgroup for the State Health Improvement Plan, the United Way Allocations Committee, the Ethics Committee Workgroup, and as co-chair of the Healthy Lee Coalition.
Angela's public health service is extensive. She worked for over 10 years in Chautauqua County, New York, as a public health professional. From 2005 to 2011, Angela served as Program Coordinator for the Chautauqua County Health Department’s Cancer Services Program. From 2011 to 2012, she worked as the Director of Administrative Services and served as the acting Public Health Director. In this role, she assisted with the consolidation of the Department of Health and Department of Social Services. From 2012 to 2015, Angela served as Deputy Public Health Director and was instrumental in the development of a Maternal and Child Health Division in Chautauqua County.
During her service in New York, Angela was a member of the Northern Appalachian Cancer Network and partnered with the University of Kentucky and the Penn State College of Medicine on various health disparity and health literacy projects. She served on the New York State Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan Steering Committee and the New York State Cancer Consortium. She has a special interest in socioeconomic status as a health disparity and has worked diligently implementing evidence-based public health practices in the Amish, African-American, and Hispanic populations.
Angela holds a Bachelor of Science in Community and Human Services from the State University of New York and a Master of Healthcare Administration from Bellevue University. She is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work from Florida State University.
Mission: To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.
Vision: To be the Healthiest State in the Nation
Who are we?
The Department of Health in Lee County is the collective effort of over 200 dedicated employees working to assure the health and safety of the more than 550,000 residents and 1.7 million annual visitors to one Florida’s most beautiful counties.
A joint venture between the State of Florida and the Lee County Board of County Commissioners, the Department of Health works in partnership with other health care providers, contractors, law enforcement and social service providers in an integrated and coordinated effort, with the goal of maximizing resources.
What do we do?
Provide services to every individual living in our county, starting at birth with the issuance of a birth certificate. Our services continue through the life span…
- Healthy Start, WIC, and immunization programs for newborns and toddlers
- Inspections of child day care facilities, schools, and school health programs to protect our children as they embark on their education
- Investigations into food-borne outbreaks and other disease outbreaks stop the spread of diseases to children and adults
- Environmental Health and Environmental Engineering programs ensure safe drinking water and proper waste disposal
- Sexually transmitted disease programs, HIV prevention and family planning education the young adult to the dangers of unprotected sexual activity
- Tobacco prevention and wellness programs provide the information and motivation that we all need to adopt a healthy life style
- Providing for primary care through contract with our partner Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida, and family planning needs at our clinics
- Healthy Start and WIC programs return as young adults begin their families
Our final service to each and every resident of Lee County is to issue the individual’s death certificate.
Public health touches everyone directly or indirectly. We are proud of our service to the community and our many accomplishments.