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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP FOR THE BUREAU OF TOBACCO FREE FLORIDA
-New chief to help in Florida’s efforts to curb the use of tobacco-
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health (DOH) today announced Shannon Hughes as the new Chief of the Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida, effective November 2. She will oversee the bureau’s efforts to reduce illness, disability and death related to tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure.
“We are pleased to have Ms. Hughes joining the Division of Community Health Promotion in this capacity,” said Acting Division Director of Community Health Promotion Betsy Wood. “Shannon brings a wealth of talent and expertise that will serve the Department and the people of Florida well and we are looking forward to her leading the program as it continues its important work in creating a Tobacco Free Florida.”
Before being named to the Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida, Hughes was director of the DOH Office of Workforce Development. Hughes has substantial experience within the Department of Health in employee wellness, performance improvement, and chronic disease prevention. She is also a certified public manager, a past member of the Florida Sterling Council, and a Certified Quality Improvement Associate. She has been a member of the Performance Management Advisory Council, the University of South Florida and Florida International University Leadership in Public Health Advisory Councils and the Workforce Development Advisory Council. Hughes’ strategic planning, policy development, group facilitation, and training expertise will benefit the important mission of the bureau. Hughes earned her degree in social work from Florida State University.
ABOUT TOBACCO FREE FLORIDA
DOH’s Tobacco Free Florida campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. The program is managed by DOH, specifically the Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida. Tobacco users interested in quitting are encouraged to use one of the state’s three ways to quit. To learn about Tobacco Free Florida and the state’s free quit resources, visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com.
DOH’s mission is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.
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