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Lisa Conti

Director

Division of Environmental Health

Florida Department of Health

Tallahassee, FL 32399

Biography

Lisa Conti currently serves as the Division Director of Environmental Health at the Department of Health. She leads four Bureaus: Onsite Sewage Programs, Community Environmental Health, Water Programs, Radiation Control and the Office of Environmental Public Health Medicine. She has been with the Florida State Health Office since 1988, and was previously the Florida State Public Health Veterinarian. She has authored or co-authored numerous journal articles on HIV/AIDS surveillance, public health, vector-borne diseases and zoonoses.

 

Lisa earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medical degree from the University of Florida (UF), Master of Public Health (Public Health Administration) from the University of South Florida and Bachelor of Science (Chemistry/Math) from the University of Miami. She has taught Epidemiology at Florida State University and Anatomy and Physiology at Tallahassee Community College and is an adjunct instructor at UF.

 

She has been an active member of her local, state, and national environmental health, public health, and veterinary medical associations for many years. She was an Executive Board member of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association and established and chaired the Public Health Committee since 1995. In 1997, Lisa was elected to the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Public Relations representing Public Health. She also works as a clinical veterinarian on weekends.

What I Learned at EPHLI

As Division Director of Environmental Health since March 2003 in the fourth most populous state, I am hungry for opportunities to learn and hone skill sets that make me an effective leader of the programs entrusted to me. I come away from this EPHLI experience with three fundamental areas of achievement I can continue to build upon. EPHLI has:

 

  • heightened my awareness to make targeted self improvements 
  • exposed me to concepts of systems thinking, and  
  • afforded me an opportunity to meet valued peer professionals, mentors and trainers, with whom I intend to continue the forged friendships.

I have incorporated lessons learned from EPHLI directly into my leadership role. I am thankful for the opportunity to have had such a wonderful experience with my team and I look forward to sharing the wealth.