The Kern County Public Health Services Department is the local governmental agency charged with the protection and promotion of the public’s health.  Our mission is “To protect and safeguard the health and safety of the community.”

The Kern County Department of Public Health operates public health programs and enforces laws relating to public health, as prescribed in the State Health and Safety Code and the Kern County Ordinance Code. There are three departmental divisions, Emergency Medical Services, Environmental Health Services and Public Health Services.

The community desires, and has a right to, protection from many threats to health, whether naturally occurring or man-made, which are beyond the control of the individual.  Those rights are expressed through specific provisions of the California Health and Safety Code.  It is that concern with the common good that sets public health apart from other traditional curative health care services which are usually directed toward the individual’s health.

The Department promotes healthy behaviors and disease prevention through media relations, marketing, and community health education.  And, includes programs on unintentional injuries, tobacco use, promoting immunizations, physical activity and healthy eating habits, communicable disease prevention and intervention programs and a variety of pre and post-natal programs.

Measures of the effectiveness of public health services include indicators of community health status, i.e. vital statistics compiled from reports of births, deaths, morbidity, and mortality.