Our Mission – To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.
Our Vision – To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.
Our Values: I CARE
Innovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.
Collaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.
Accountability: We perform with integrity & respect.
Responsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.
Excellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.
Today's Department of Health
The Department of Health in Duval County (DCHD) and the other 66 county health departments are part of the State of Florida’s Department of Health and today serves a population in Duval County of approximately 800,000 residents. From its early 1990’s size of 300 employees and a $13 million budget, to its current size of nearly 800 employees with a $45 million budget, the growth of DCHD has been phenomenal.
This growth is attributed to the hard work and dedication of many staff and community partners. Some of the many partnerships established by the DCHD, include the relationship with the University of Florida and Shands Jacksonville, University of North Florida College of Health, Jacksonville Children’s Commission, Healthy Families Jacksonville, Environmental Protection Agency, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and others.
The DCHD has enhanced the image of our health centers and facilities, expanding to more spacious, state of the art facilities, situated throughout Jacksonville. In an effort to address the personal and environmental health issues more effectively, DCHD has involved the citizens of Jacksonville in various capacities, such as focus groups and advisory councils. We perceive our future role to be leaders and partners in a public health system of care to better meet the needs of Jacksonville.
The Department of Health in Duval County at a glance.
City of Jacksonville Health Department, created in July of 1889.
Kolbein K. Waering, M.D., the first Health Officer, 1938 - 1945.
Consolidation of City/County Government occurred in July 1968, creating a combined department with the county health officer serving concurrently as the Chief of the Health Division within the Health, Welfare and Bio-Environmental Services Department, City of Jacksonville.
Current unit began operation in its present location at 515 West Sixth Street in 1972.
The Duval County Health Department formerly referred to as the Duval County Public Health Unit was created in October 1938 and was the 16th unit in the state to become part of the state-county system. Its formation was due to the efforts of a concerned Citizen's Committee headed by Mrs. Willie Bell. The new unit was to be the companion of the already existing City of Jacksonville Health Department, created in July of 1889. Kolbein K. Waering, M.D., was selected as the first Health Officer and he was joined by seven public health nurses, two sanitarians and one clerk at the headquarters on First and Market Streets.
Funding for the unit was shared by the Florida State Board of Health, the Board of County Commissioners, the United States Public Health Service, the Children's Bureau of Labor Department and the Works Progress Administration. The population of Duval County and Jacksonville in 1938 was approximately 176,000 people. After interim moves to 1050 Hendricks Avenue in 1945, to the County Courthouse and to 962 Main Street, the new unit began operation in its present location at 515 west Sixth Street in 1972. Consolidation of City/County Government occurred in July 1968, creating a combined department with the county health officer serving concurrently as the Chief of the Health Division within the Health, Welfare and Bio-Environmental Services Department, City of Jacksonville. Reorganization of the City/County health departments occurred in December 1987 resulting in the creation of a new combined position to serve as both the HRS Duval County Public Health Unit Director and as the Director of the Health, Welfare and Bio-Environmental Services, City of Jacksonville.