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Dr. Joy Jackson, MD
Director, Florida Department of Health in Polk County


To protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.


To be the Healthiest State in the Nation



I nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.

C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.

A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.

R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.

E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.

Strategic Plan:

The Florida Department of Health in Polk County (FDOH-Polk) initiated a new strategic planning process (PDF 1mb opens in new window) in March 2018 to define the direction and course for the next four years. Click the link below to view the current FDOH-Polk Strategic Plan:

FDOH-Polk 2023-2027 Strategic Plan (PDF 1mb opens in new window)