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Karen L Smith, MD, MPH

Director & State
Public Health Officer​

Contact the Director's Office

(916) 558-1700

cdph.internetadmin@cdph.ca.gov

PO Box 997377, MS 0500

Sacramento, CA 95899-7377

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​​ Protecting the Health of ALL Californians...

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Shaping the Future of Public Health

By sustaining its commitment to support healthy individuals and families in healthful communities, CDPH recognizes the need to transform as public health advances and society evolves. We have an ever-changing health care system, and technology is dramatically advancing business processes. At the same time, public health leaders are increasingly asked to look at how factors such as  employment, the environment, discrimination and inequality, and access to education impact health outcomes.

CDPH launched the Public Health 2035 initiative to create a public health department that can and will adapt to this ever-changing landscape.  Public Health 2035 builds a path for CDPH’s ultimate transformation into  the ideal public health department, driving greater quality of life and better health outcomes across all communities. The Department’s vision is to be a transparent, evolving and data-driven organization that provides leading edge public health knowledge and services to all Californians.

In adopting Public Health 2035, CDPH has committed to being a change leader in government, and is also engaging communities in identifying their own health priorities and developing practical plans to achieve locally sustainable improvements in health.

The CDPH mission to protect the health and wellbeing of the people and communities in California will not change, but there is no doubt the state’s public health department will look different years from now. With a focus on the future, CDPH is beginning its transformation into a continuously improving, agile organization that adapts to a growing science of public health and California’s dynamic environment to continue our long history of public health successes.

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