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2017 HC0 Department of Health

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The mission of the Department of Health (DOH) is to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent illness, protect the public from threats to their health, and provide equal access to quality healthcare services for all in the District of Columbia.

Summary of Services

The Department of Health provides programs and services with the ultimate goal of reducing the burden of disease and improving opportunities for health and well-being for all District residents and visitors. DOH does this through a number of mechanisms that center around prevention, promotion of health, expanding access to health care, and increasing health equity. The department provides public health management and leadership through policy, planning, and evaluation; fiscal oversight; human resource management; grants and contracts management; information technology; government relations; risk management; communication and community relations; legal oversight; and facilities management. The DOH performance plan is based on three priority areas: (1) health and wellness promotion, (2) promoting health equity, and (3) public health systems enhancement.