The Department of Public Health (DPH) is committed to the vision of healthy people in healthy communities through the delivery of 39 diverse programs that protect and promote health, prevent disease and advance the well-being of L.A. County residents. Every day, our workforce strives to be an active partner in improving your health.
Last year, Public Health enhanced community health through multiple initiatives and programs.
DPH protected residents against illness, epidemics and health-related emergencies. We provided more than 72,000 vaccines and performed other routine public health activities to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, such as whooping cough, measles, influenza, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections.
The department ensured that children and families had access to preventive healthcare. We assisted 22,500 children and adults in securing healthcare insurance coverage.
In addition, DPH advocated for safer community environments. We collaborated with the county’s Housing Authority to expand smoke-free policies in 63 of their public housing developments, protecting 6,500 residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
We played a prominent role in halting industrial pollution caused by a battery recycling facility in Vernon by assessing its environmental impact and informing stakeholders of its significant health hazards to residents. In addition, we collaborated with state regulators and issued a health directive to the Southern California Gas Company to mitigate the effects of an extraordinary large natural gas leak in the Porter Ranch area.
The department developed and launched a Countywide Community Health Improvement Plan with input and participation from a wide range of community partners. It identified ten key goal areas to protect and improve health for residents throughout the entire county.
For its work, DPH was recognized as a national leader in local health innovations. We were awarded a Health Equity Award for Exemplary Large County Practices by the California Endowment for our Parks After Dark Program, a collaboration with several County departments. Our Healthy Food Procurement Program was highlighted in multiple toolkits and case studies nationally, including USDA’s SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions Toolkit.
DPH will continue to work for you to protect and promote health and control diseases. Visit our website at ph.lacounty.gov, where you can learn more about our department and find reliable health information.