The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) is an independent health department under the leadership of Dr. Sarah Moyer.
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.
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.
Our Values - Collaboration Innovation Grit Integrity Quality
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
You can see our shared community plan for creating a healthier city, Healthy Louisville 2020, and how we're doing on reaching our goals by visiting healthylouisvillemetro.org. We are currently in the planning stages for Healthy Louisville 2025 (HL2025).Over 100 community members, strategic partners and metro employees came together recently 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’re currently surveying the community to learn about what is already taking place in these three areas and are looking for passionate people willing to serve on workgroups this fall (2018). 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 Topics page.