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Charles H. Henry, R.S., M.P.A.

Sarasota County Health Department

Sarasota, FL 34232



Charles Henry is the Director of Environmental Health for the Sarasota County Health Department in Sarasota, Florida. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Southern Illinois University and a Masters in Public Administration (Health Care Administration) from Troy State University. He served in the United States Navy from 1977 to 2001, as a Hospital Corpsman, Preventive Medicine Technician, and Environmental Health Officer. His career start in environmental public health began in 1987, when he was assigned to the Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center at Ft Detrick, MD. While there, he authored intelligence studies focusing on environmental public health issues and conditions in North Africa and the Horn of Africa. Mr. Henry is credentialed as a Registered Sanitarian and has been a member of the National Environmental Health Association since 1997 and the Florida Environmental Health Association since 2000. He retired from the Navy in 2001 and moved to Florida where he continues his environmental public health career. In his current position, as Environmental Health Director, he administers a broad multi-disciplined environmental public health program serving the citizens of Sarasota County with a staff of 46. His work interests include; environmental public health workforce development, smart growth, sustainability, and the support of healthy communities initiatives. 

Leadership Development Opportunities

Being a Fellow of the National Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute has been an extremely rewarding experience, both personally and professionally. The opportunity to hear and discuss leadership concepts and ideas with some of the nation’s brightest and best practitioners, as well as, other environmental public health professionals from around the nation, has become the most profound part of the experience for me. From our study and practice exercises in systems thinking, the self-evaluation tools and professional development resources, discussions on emerging environmental public health leadership issues, and the tremendous networking opportunities provided throughout the program, the Leadership Institute has greatly enhanced my skills and knowledge. The National Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute will continue to have a positive impact on my life, leadership approach, and thinking for years to come.