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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

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About Us

Florida Department of Health in Hendry County

  •  (863) 674-4041


    (863) 674-4076

    Mailing Address

    LaBelle - 1140 Pratt Blvd; 33935 

    Clewiston - 1100 South Olympia Ave 33440 


Our Health Officer  

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Joseph D. Pepe, Ed. D., MSA

Joseph D. Pepe, Ed. D., MSA

Joseph Pepe serves as the Administrator at the Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades County.  Prior to his current role, Dr. Pepe served as an emergency planner for the agency developing responses to Public Health emergencies.  Before joining the Florida Department of Health Dr. Pepe was the Executive Vice President of Administration at Hodges University and Executive Director at Nova Southeastern University leading campuses in multiple states and three countries.  During that time Dr. Pepe launched several medical and allied health programs along with several community partnerships such as the Medical Reserve Corp and the 1st American Legion Post on a college campus to support Veterans returning home. Currently, Dr. Pepe is a current or past Board Member for Junior Achievement of SW Florida, Health Planning Council, National Board Member of Diversity First, Family Self Sufficiency Program and Early Learning Coalition, and Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network, Chair of the SW Florida Regional HIV/AIDS Consortia, Chair of the Hendry County Emergency Services Council, and serves in an advisory capacity to several non-profit organizations.
Currently, Dr. Pepe is working with community partners to develop a comprehensive strategy to improve the lives of all members. Dr. Pepe has presented at several statewide conferences on adverse childhood experiences and their impact upon health and academic achievement. Most recently was a keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.
Dr. Pepe holds a Doctorate Degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education and Human Services, a Masters in Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Sociology from the University of South Florida. He is also a Professor at Barry University teaching graduate courses in administration as part of their Masters in Administration.

Mission Statement:

To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

Our Vision:

To be the Healthiest State in the Nation


I nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.
C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.
A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.
R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.
E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.