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About our Health Officer

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Kim Kossler, MPH, RN, CPH.  

Kim Kossler was appointed Health Officer of the Florida Department of Health in Collier County in December 2020. Ms. Kossler began her career in public health over 15 years ago when she started working for the Women Infants and Children Program at Greene County Health Department in North Carolina. Ever since, she has been committed to the field of public health and dedicated to continuing to grow and serve as a public health leader. She has worked for the Florida Department of Health since 2005. Throughout her career, she has held several varied and responsible public health positions in epidemiology, emergency planning and response, quality improvement, and for the past five years oversight and management of disease control programs for DOH-St. Lucie with an operating budget of approximately $6 million.

Ms. Kossler received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Master of Public Health from East Carolina University, North Carolina. She was awarded a Graduate Certificate in the Field of Epidemiology by the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health. She is Certified in Public Health through the National Board of Public Health Examiners and a Member of the Charter Class as a participant in the first examination. Ms. Kossler earned her Nursing Degree through Palm Beach State College and completed the Florida Department of Health Public Health Executive Leadership Certificate Program with the University of South Florida College of Public Health.

She has served and participated with several work groups and task force committees to serve the Florida Department of Health’s mission and priorities including Infection Control Assessment and Response team with the Central Florida Disaster Medical Coalition, Infant Mortality and Fetal Infant Mortality Review work groups, Opioid Task Force, Region 5 Epidemiology Strike Team Leader, HIV/AIDS Consortium and Planning Network, STI/HIV Prevention Council, Public Health Preparedness and local Emergency Management Planning work groups.

Ms. Kossler values the opportunities public health brings, along with the rewards and challenges, all the while making a difference in people’s lives.