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Robert B. Washam, RS, MPH

Environmental Health Director

Martin County Health Department

Stuart, FL 34994


Robert Washam is the Environmental Health Director at the Martin County Health Department, a division of the Florida Department of Health.  He started his career as an Environmental Specialist at the Palm Beach County Health Department in 1978.


He earned his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Miami and his Bachelor in Environmental Technology from Florida Institute of Technology.  He is also a graduate of the Florida Public Health Leadership Institute.


He is registered nationally as an environmental health professional and is a past president of the Florida Environmental Health Association.  He was selected as an emerging Environmental Public Health leader by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is currently an active member of the Florida Environmental Health Professionals Registration Board of Directors.

Leadership Development Opportunities

I have made major changes in my leadership skills since being accepted into the EPHLI program.  I have changed my leadership style to one of mobilizing others to a shared vision and purpose.  I have worked to improve organizational climate by allowing flexibility in how things are done, built team commitment through trust, and increased recognition by changing the culture of rewards.  I now understand systems thinking and how some changes can lead to poor results while others can make drastic improvements.


With my new skills, I have worked on improving employee job satisfaction, started a process to conduct exit interviews for employees who leave our organization, chaired a statewide team working to improve the work environment, and worked with other leaders in our organization to improve communication.


I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in such a tremendous program and I have been promoting other environmental health leaders to apply for the program.


"What is necessary to change a person is to change

his awareness of himself."

– Abraham Maslow