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About our Health Officer

Florida Department of Health in Volusia County

Patricia Boswell

Patricia was appointed as administrator of the Department of Health in Volusia County in March 2016. Prior to assuming leadership in Volusia County, she served as the assistant county health department director in Pinellas County.

Over her 16-year career in Pinellas County, Patricia also was director of clinical services and community health promotion. She began her career with Florida Health in 2001 as the program manager for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program in Pinellas County. In 2004, she became director of the Office of Chronic Disease Prevention.

Patricia began her public health profession in 1985 at the Suffolk County (New York) Health Department. She also worked as legislative analyst for the Suffolk County Office of Legislative Budget from 1986 to 1993. Prior to joining the Florida Department of Health, Patricia worked in Pennsylvania serving as the executive director for Sullivan County Victim Services from 1995 to 2000 and as assistant director of Capital Planning for Hershey Medical Center from 1993 to 1995.

Patricia serves on several boards in Volusia County. They include the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler & Volusia, Healthy Start Coalition, Medical Advisory Board – Volusia, and One Voice for Volusia. She also serves on the Child Abuse Death Review Statewide Committee.

Patricia has earned a master of science in urban and policy sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a master of public health from the University of South Florida. She also is a graduate of the National Public Health Leadership Institute and a graduate of the Public Health Leadership Institute of Florida.