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Health Officer

Public Information Officer

Sarah Quaranta, MPH

Health Officer

FDOH Franklin and Gulf

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Welcome to the Health Officer page for the Florida Department of Health in DOH-Franklin/Gulf. Thank you for taking the time to visit our website today to learn more about our services available to you. If you ever have questions, feel free to give us a call. We strive to connect residents and visitors to resources and information.

About the DOH-Franklin/Gulf Health Officer:

Sarah Quaranta has been with the Florida Department of Health in Franklin and Gulf (DOH-Franklin/Gulf) since 2008. Ms. Quaranta began her public health career as a Family Support Worker, where she bridged partnerships between local organizations to improve population health. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Master of Public Health in 2015 from the University of South Florida.

Ms. Quaranta continued to take on new positions, including Health Educator Consultant in 2010, where she served as the Positive Youth Development Coordinator and was responsible for health education grants. From 2012 until 2017, Sarah served as an Operations Manager. In this position, she supervised programs in health education, school health, and maternal/child health and served as the local accreditation coordinator over strategic planning, quality improvement, and community health plans. During this time, she worked with core public health programs during outbreak investigations and preparedness. In alignment with this experience, she served as the Public Information Officer for all public press releases and media inquiries. Sharing public health information to residents and visitors that is timely, accurate and easy to understand remains priority.   

Ms. Quaranta became Assistant Director in 2017, where she focused on maximizing public health services and business management strategies to meet community needs. In June 2018, Ms. Quaranta became the Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Franklin and Gulf. She served as the Health and Medical lead in both counties during Hurricane Michael response and recovery. And in 2020, she served as the local Health and Medical lead for the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Ms. Quaranta’s professional philosophy is to empower and train employees to perform their job duties to the best of their ability, and to represent the health department in the community in a positive and professional manner. Ms. Quaranta works with a dedicated team of professionals who are committed to the business of putting good health within everyone’s reach. Her goals for DOH-Franklin and Gulf include health equity improvements in underserved neighborhoods, community stakeholder engagement opportunities to address public health issues, and continued work on preparedness, recovery and mitigation efforts related to disasters. Sarah is a board member for several community organizations, including local Transportation Disadvantaged Councils, North Port St. Joe Project Area Coalition, Citizens of Gulf County Long Term Recovery Coalition, and Ascension Sacred Heart on the Gulf.