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Melanie Black, Public Health Preparedness Unit Program Manager

Florida Department of Health in Volusia County

Melanie BlackFor more than 16 years, Melanie has worked in emergency preparedness. She began her Department of Health (DOH) career in 2000 as the training and education coordinator for Bioterrorism in the Bureau of Epidemiology. Six years later, she accepted a consultant position with Tallahassee Community College as the Division of Environmental Health’s public health preparedness planner before becoming the planning unit manager for the Bureau of Preparedness and Response in 2007.

Melanie moved to DOH-Volusia in 2013 as the public health preparedness unit manager and the director of the Medical Reserve Corps. She is responsible for public health preparedness planning, training and exercises. She supervises the Volusia County Medical Reserve Corps coordinator and serves as the lead for Emergency Support Function 8-Health and Medical. Additionally, Melanie serves as the regional planner for Regional Domestic Security Task Force Region 5 and as the region’s back-up staffing point of contact.

Before moving into public health preparedness, Melanie was a licensed clinical social worker in the neonatal intensive care unit and emergency department at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

Melanie has earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia.