Established in 1906, the City of Long
Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is over 100 years old.
Over the last century, much has
changed yet much has remained the same. Our primary emphasis continues to be the control of communicable disease, as well
as providing health education and
immunizations to the public.
The years have made public health a much more complex discipline. Living in a large urban environment, diseases such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and human and social
service issues make our role in protecting the health of the entire community even more critical.
The Health Department is one of only three city-operated local health jurisdictions in
California (along with Pasadena and Berkeley). Local provision of public health services allows the Health Department to tailor its programs to meet the specific public health and human service needs of the residents of the City of Long Beach.
Public health, when it is functioning properly, is largely invisible. Therefore, the understanding and support of the general public, policymakers and healthcare professionals is crucial to the success of public health activities. The mission of a local health department is to take leadership in assuring a healthy community. This is accomplished by promoting, protecting and preserving health through advocacy and organized community efforts. In Long Beach, the Health Department contributes to the health of the community by promoting the prevention of disease and injury for all residents.