Overview of the Public Health Department
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department focuses on protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, disease and injury prevention, and the promotion of sound health policy. The Department is comprised of a highly diverse work force that encompasses many professional disciplines and several main areas of focus. The Department includes over 30 programs and services organized across seven divisions or centers.
Administrative Support Services Division
The Public Health Department’s Administrative Support Services Division is charged with providing department-wide support to all programs and functions within the Department. Services include: Health Communications; Contracts Management; Compliance and HIPAA implementation; Space and Facility Management; Human Resources support; Staff Training & Development; Policies & Procedures enforcement; and the administration of the State’s Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program. In addition, a Finance unit oversees the financial aspects of the various programs.
Assessment, Planning, and Health Policy Division
The Assessment, Planning & Health Policy Division is comprised of the Planning, Health Policy and Epidemiology & Data unit, Vital Records & Registration, and the Public Health Preparedness programs. Key functions include data development, analysis and reporting; policy analysis and development; strategic planning and community health planning; birth and death records services; and improving the capacity of public health staff and partners to plan, respond, mitigate, and recover from natural or man made disasters.
Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMS)
The Emergency Medical Services Agency oversees and regulates the emergency medical services system in Santa Clara County. As such, EMS is responsible for developing and coordinating an integrated emergency medical care delivery system, which includes hospitals and specialty care facilities, as well as responding and planning for medical care related to disasters. As a regulatory entity, the agency performs an essential assurance function within the public health framework. In addition to its regulatory functions, the agency provides quality assurance leadership across the EMS system.
Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
The Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention implements strategies that support healthy behaviors (avoiding tobacco use and exposure, being physically active and injury free, breastfeeding, and eating healthy foods), which can greatly reduce a person’s risk for developing chronic diseases. Chronic Diseases-such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes- are among the most prevalent, costly and preventable of all health problems. The Center works with community partners to make organizational, system, and policy changes that create and maintain healthy, safe and livable communities.
Center for Family Health
The Center for Family Health is comprised of services that improve the health and well-being of special populations. The Center includes Women, Infants & Children (WIC), a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, infants, and young children eat well, be active, and stay healthy; California Children’s Services (CCS), a program that provides diagnostic and treatment services, medical case management, and physical and occupational therapy services to children under 21 years with CCS-eligible medical conditions; Black Infant Health (BIH), a program to address the alarming rate of infant mortality among African-American babies, includes a multidisciplinary team that provides case management and other services to African-American women who are pregnant or parenting a child under the age of 1; and Immunization Education, a program that provides education and support for schools, providers and residents to increase immunization rates for vaccine-preventable diseases.
Center for Infectious Diseases
The Center for Infectious Diseases protects the community from infectious diseases by conducting surveillance, implementing prevention programs, and controlling the spread of diseases. The center is comprised of the Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention & Control, Communicable Disease Prevention & Control, Adult Immunization & Travel Clinic, Public Health Laboratory, Public Health Pharmacy, and HIV/AIDS/STD Prevention Services programs.
Community Health Services Division
The Center for Community Health Services is comprised of Regional Public Health Nursing Services, First Five-Family Wellness Court, Healthy Outcomes II, Nurse Family Partnership (NFP), Child Health & Disability Prevention (CHDP), Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (CLPPP), and the Maternal Child & Adolescent Health (MCAH) programs.
Creating a healthy community for all people to live, work, and play.
The mission of Santa Clara County Public Health Department is to prevent disease and injury and create environments that promote and protect the community’s health.
All people have the right to good health and well being.
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department works to keep all county residents safe and healthy and create environments that contribute to good health. We believe great things start with good health and are focused on protecting and improving the health of everyone who lives and works in Santa Clara County.
The Public Health Department is working towards improving its capacity to address the root causes of health disparities. As such, the Department has adopted the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) framework for understanding and measuring the underlying social and economic determinants of health and implementing population based health strategies (such as policy, systems and environmental change) necessary to see measurable health impact on a community scale.
What is Public Health?
Public health is about protecting and improving the health of the entire community as a whole. Public health achievements during the last century have dramatically improved our quality of life.
Learn more about the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century.
Value of Public Health
Watch these videos by the American Public Health Association, to learn why public health is so important and how "together, we can do better."