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About our Health Officer

Florida Department of Health in Brevard County

Maria Stahl, DNP, RN

Maria Stahl, DNP, RN
Administrator / Health Officer

Maria Stahl, DNP, RN was appointed Department of Health (DOH) in Brevard’s administrator in November 2016 with the concurrence of Brevard County’s Board of Commissioners. Dr. Stahl has worked 39 years in public health practice. She has managed various public health programs in Brevard since 1995. Prior to relocation to Florida, Dr. Stahl worked for 13 years in public health practice in Buffalo, New York. Dr. Stahl earned her Bachelor's of Nursing in 1979 from SUNY at Buffalo, Master's of Nursing in 2008 and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2014 from the University of Central Florida. 

Since 2016 Dr. Stahl has worked with community partners to enhance public health priorities in Brevard County including increasing access to health, behavioral health, and dental services for Brevard County citizens. She served thirteen of her 39 years in Public Health as Nursing Director at DOH-Brevard where she oversaw operations for family planning, school health, maternity, immunizations, refugee health, STD, dental, WIC, and disaster preparedness. During this time, she also served as the interim health officer for 5 months. Prior to this position she has held positions as Nursing Program Specialist and TB Program Coordinator from 1997-1998, Senior Community Health Nursing Supervisor from 1998-2000, and Assistant Community Health Nursing Director from 2000-2003 with responsibilities for the School Health Program. Dr. Stahl has been an adjunct instructor for UCF's College of Nursing since 2009 teaching Community/Public Health nursing and Health Promotion to undergraduate nursing students.  

In addition to her work experience, Dr. Stahl has been awarded numerous times for her professional acumen including receipts of grants, Prudential Davis productivity awards and National Association of City and County Health officer awards. In 2020 Dr. Stahl coauthored a publication in Public Health Nursing A Florida Public Health Based Endocrine Clinic for Low Income Pregnant Women. In 2009 Dr. Stahl was awarded the Outstanding Nursing Leadership award for the Florida Public Health Nurses Association.

Dr. Stahl has extensive involvement in Brevard’s community organizations. She sits on several health advisory boards and councils including Space Coast Health Foundation Health Advisory Board, Health Council of East Central Florida where she was chair from 2014-2018, and Vice Chair from 2019-present, Brevard Opioid Task Force and Brevard Prevention Coalition where she has been appointed chair. Dr. Stahl has also been instrumental in applying for and receiving grants worth over 1.2 million dollars to fund public health programs in the department.

Dr. Stahl strives to build community collaboration and relationships to promote health across the spectrum of ages of citizens in Brevard county.