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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.

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Heather Huffman, MS, RDN, LD/N, IBCLC

As the Health Officer and Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Clay County, I am honored to lead a team of dedicated health professionals in our mission to protect, promote, and improve the health of all individuals in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts. Our vision is to become the Healthiest State in the Nation.

At the local level, we believe in empowering the community, reflecting our belief that healthier lifestyle choices are made in partnership with an integrated public health network that promotes and advances health in all places. We collaborate closely with the Florida Department of Health, drawing upon their guidance and state resources to fulfill our core public health responsibilities of assessment, policy development, and assurance.

Thanks to the strong support from the Clay County Board of County Commissioners and elected officials, DOH-Clay can provide essential public health services that meet the specific needs of our community. We are resilient and remain committed to working with our numerous community partners to strengthen our local public health network and ensure a healthy Clay community for all.


Heather Huffman started her career in public health at the Duval County Health Department, following 12 years with the Nassau County Health Department. She became the Clay County Administrator and Health Officer in November, 2015.  The health department serves as a key connector within the local public health network through community engagement and strong partnership, building to improve the overall health for all residents in Clay County.

During her years of service in public health, Ms. Huffman has been responsible for championing many health improvement accomplishments including maternal and child health outcomes, breastfeeding initiation and duration rates, the development of a community health resource guide, and childhood obesity projects. She has served as a public information officer for the  Nassau County Health Department and created the Northeast Florida Breastfeeding Collaborative, which continues today.

Ms. Huffman is a registered and licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist in the State of Florida and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Health and a Master’s of Science in Health from the University of North Florida, Jacksonville, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health Policy and Management from the University of South Florida, Tampa.