About the Department of Public Health & Wellness

Our Vision
A healthy Louisville where everyone and every community thrives.

Our Mission
To achieve health equity and improve the health and well-being of all Louisville residents and visitors.

Our Values 

Collaboration   Innovation   Grit   Integrity   Quality

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) is an independent, academic health department under the leadership of Jeff Howard, MD, MPH. 

Our department is organized under four divisions: Administration; Environmental; Health Services and the Center for Health Equity.

The Administration division includes human resources, information technology, budget and logistics.

The Environmental division includes Laboratory Services, Public Health Preparedness, and Environmental Services, including Food Safety, Public Facilities (hotel/motel inspections, swimming pools, tattoo and body art studios), Mosquito Control, Rabies Control, Lifeguard Certifications, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention, Construction Plan Review, Private Sewage Systems, Emergency Public Health Preparedness). 

The Health Services branch which includes the TB Clinic, Specialty Clinic, Harm Reduction Outreach Services, MORE Program, WIC Clinics, and Infectious Disease Prevention.

The Center for Health Equity works across all functions of the department to ensure policies, practices and outcomes meet the needs of all people in every community. It is organized into Root Cause Teams:  Early Childhood Development (including Healthy Start and Healthy Babies Louisville), Social and Cultural Capital, Food and the Built Environment, Environmental Quality, Housing and Economic Development, and Criminal Justice. These teams are tackling the areas that we know are at the core of some of the major public health issues affecting Louisville. The Center for Health Equity also oversees the department's research and data collection and analysis as well as academic engagement.

To see a complete listing of our programs and services or other health related information visit our A to Z listing of programs and services.

Click here to read our HIPAA Policy also available in Spanish.


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