A healthy Louisville where everyone and every community thrives.
To achieve health equity and improve the health and well-being of all Louisville residents and visitors.
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You can find our strategic plan HERE.
You can view our high-level org chart HERE.
Our department is organized under two main branches: Health Operations and the Center for Health Equity.
The Health Operations branch includes Health Services (TB Clinic, Specialty Clinic, Syringe Exchange Program, MORE Center, WIC Clinics, Infectious Disease Prevention, Health Administration), Laboratory Services, and Environmental Services (Food Safety, Public Facilities (includes 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, Emegency Public Health Preparedness).
The Center for Health Equity branch 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 (includes Healthy Start, Healthy Babies Louisville), Sociocultural Capital, Food and the Built Environment, Environmental Quality, Housing and Economic Develoment, 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.
Some of our recent accomplishments include:
- Establishment of the state's first Syringe Exchange Program.
- Release of the 2017 Health Equity Report.
- Release of Hope, Healing and Recovery: Louisville's Two-year Plan to Address Substance Use Disorder.
- Hepatitis Outbreak Response - called the "gold standard" by the CDC, more than 82,000 vaccinated in the community.
- Expansion of Louisville's smoke-free ordinance to include the prohibition of smoking or vaping electronic cigarettes as well as hookah in indoor public places.
- Achieving a Bronze medal in the 2018 CityHealth rankings.
- Implementation of a healthy vending policy in all Louisville Metro buildings.
We are currently working with community members on Healthy Louisville 2025 (HL2025), our city's shared plan for improving health by 2025.Over 100 community members, strategic partners and metro employees came together to review the data of the Health Equity Report and our Community Health Needs Assessment . They narrowed our focus areas for HL2025 to three themes: Access to Healthcare, Socioeconomic Progress, and Environmental Equity. We expect to release Healthy Louisville 2025 in June, 2019. If you'd like to join us, call 502.574.8270.
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.