Updated November 3, 2014
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."
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. Learn about our core values >
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. Learn more >
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. Learn more >