Orange County hires Raul Pino as new health director

Dr. Raul Pino has resigned from his role with the Florida Department of Health in Orange County.Pino was hired by Orange County as its new health director.“After careful consideration, I have decided to resign from the position of Health Officer with the Florida Department in Orange County effective Monday, April 25 at 5 p.m.,” Pino said in a letter Monday. Pino’s appointment will be effective April 26 upon approval by the Orange County Board of Commissioners. His first day as Health Services Director will be May 2.“I tell you, it’s exciting news because of the work that Dr. Pino has been doing here in Orange County,” District 5 Orlando city commissioner Regina Hill said.Hill said she’s worked with Pino on several minority health events.”Because we did see and I think something that he recognized during COVID was the disparities in health when it came to those in indigenous neighborhoods here in Orange County,” Hill said.In a statement, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said: “Pino has a rich history in working with our Health Services Department to meet the needs of our community. During these most recent years, Dr. Pino’s leadership has been instrumental in the success of our public health initiatives, including our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”Pino was issued a “corrective action plan” after returning from administrative leave in March.He was placed on probation after a state investigation into an email he sent about the rate of vaccination in his department.As the director of health services at the building on Michigan Avenue, Pino will have a host of responsibilities, including the oversight of the county’s Corrections Health Services, Orange County Medical Clinic, Animal Services and Mosquito Control Division.“I have served with pleasure and commitment, and will continue to do so in the next chapter,” Pino said in his resignation letter.“We wish him the best and look forward to collaborating with Dr. Pino as he takes on a new public service (role) with Orange County government,” Jeremy Redfern, press secretary for the Florida Department of Health, said.Pino will replace Yolanda Martinez, who resigned.

Dr. Raul Pino has resigned from his role with the Florida Department of Health in Orange County.

Pino was hired by Orange County as its new health director.

“After careful consideration, I have decided to resign from the position of Health Officer with the Florida Department in Orange County effective Monday, April 25 at 5 p.m.,” Pino said in a letter Monday.

Pino’s appointment will be effective April 26 upon approval by the Orange County Board of Commissioners. His first day as Health Services Director will be May 2.

“I tell you, it’s exciting news because of the work that Dr. Pino has been doing here in Orange County,” District 5 Orlando city commissioner Regina Hill said.

Hill said she’s worked with Pino on several minority health events.

“Because we did see and I think something that he recognized during COVID was the disparities in health when it came to those in indigenous neighborhoods here in Orange County,” Hill said.

In a statement, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said: “Pino has a rich history in working with our Health Services Department to meet the needs of our community. During these most recent years, Dr. Pino’s leadership has been instrumental in the success of our public health initiatives, including our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Pino was issued a “corrective action plan” after returning from administrative leave in March.

He was placed on probation after a state investigation into an email he sent about the rate of vaccination in his department.

As the director of health services at the building on Michigan Avenue, Pino will have a host of responsibilities, including the oversight of the county’s Corrections Health Services, Orange County Medical Clinic, Animal Services and Mosquito Control Division.

“I have served with pleasure and commitment, and will continue to do so in the next chapter,” Pino said in his resignation letter.

“We wish him the best and look forward to collaborating with Dr. Pino as he takes on a new public service (role) with Orange County government,” Jeremy Redfern, press secretary for the Florida Department of Health, said.

Pino will replace Yolanda Martinez, who resigned.

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