Beth A. Paterniti, was appointed Deputy Health Officer of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County in November 2020. Immediately prior to joining DOH-Orange, Ms. Paterniti served almost two years as delegate for the vacant Deputy Secretary of County Health Systems, where she reported directly to the State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health. Ms. Paterniti became the Director of the Office of the Deputy Secretary of County Health Systems in 2012 where she was responsible for providing leadership and direction to Florida’s 67 county health departments. She brings wealth of experience in all aspects of public health policy and operations, as well as community and governmental relations.
Prior to her time in public health, Ms. Paterniti worked at both the state and local level in business relations and government affairs. Ms. Paterniti served as a policy advisor in the Office of Policy and Budget within the Executive Office of the Governor, a legislative staffer with the Florida Senate, and a business development manager and paralegal in private law practice.
A Florida native and proud Seminole, Ms. Paterniti is a graduate of Florida State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Policy and holds a master’s in Public Administration. Ms. Paterniti currently serves as a Board Member at Large with the Florida Public Health Association and an active member of both the Florida and National Association of City and County Health Officials serving in leadership roles for various committees on policy and legislative matters.