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Health Department

Health Department

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City of Long BeachCity of Long Beach Department of Health and Human ServicesDepartment of Health and Human Services 
DEPARTMENT OVERVIEWDEPARTMENT OVERVIEW
 
 
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Department of Health and Human ServicesDepartment of Health and Human Services Organizational ChartOrganizational Chart 
Mission
To improve the quality of life of the residents of Long Beach by addressing publichealth and human service needs, and ensuring that the conditions affecting thepublic’s health provide a healthy environment in which to live, work and play.
 
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Director’s MessageDirector’s Message 
This year marks the 106
th
anniversary of the City of Long Beach Department of Healthand Human Services and my 22
nd
year with the Health Department. Since beginningmy tenure as Director in 2000, the Health Department’s programs, services andoperations have greatly evolved. The Great Recession, coupled with governmentreform, required that we change the way we operate to the meet our community’sgreatest needs. While these adjustments have been challenging, we continue toprovide critical services to our community and maintain one of the strongest publichealth departments in the country.Throughout its history, adapting to community needs has been the HealthDepartment’s greatest strength. Although we have changed in many ways from whenwe began at the turn of the century, we are consistent in that our services have alwaysreflected and addressed the needs of the Long Beach community. In the early years,public health was about water and food safety. In the 1920s, the Health Departmentadministered over 50,000 smallpox vaccinations. In the 1940s, we worked to reducethe number of tuberculosis infections and, in the 1950s, we focused on poliovaccinations. In the 1980s, Long Beach was at the forefront of the war against HIV/ AIDS and, in the 1990s, we banned smoking in public places. Current efforts arefocused on the childhood obesity epidemic and working with the City Council to makeLong Beach a world class healthy city.As one of only three locally operated health departments in the State, our efforts are connected to the entire community,as we collaborate with community partners to address the health and human service needs of Long Beach residents.We are unique in every sense of the word, but the bottom line is that our Health Department serves the local communityin ways that a county health department cannot. Our work is driven by our commitment to improving the lives of thecitizens of Long Beach. This commitment is supported by our employees - nearly 70 percent of whom live in LongBeach.The Health Department continues to be the major contributor to the overall public health and well being of Long Beach.My hope is that we will continue to meet the needs of the Long Beach community for more than another 100 years.
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Ronald R. Arias, Director

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