Florida Department of Health in Hendry County
- (863) 674-4041
LaBelle - 1140 Pratt Blvd; 33935
Clewiston - 1100 South Olympia Ave 33440
Joseph D. Pepe, Ed. D., MSA
Joseph Pepe serves as the Administrator at the Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties. Prior to his current role, Dr. Pepe served 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.
Currently, Dr. Pepe is launching several initiatives to serve Hendry and Glades Counties including a school-based dental sealant program, childhood trauma prevention, a joint research project with FIU on rural health, and a high focus program aimed to help reduce the rates of teen pregnancies. Dr. Pepe has presented at several statewide conferences on adverse childhood experiences and their impact upon health and academic achievement.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 and Emergency Management degrees.