About Columbus Public Health
Protecting health, improving lives.
The department is charged with assuring conditions in which people can be healthy. Columbus Public Health is made up of a range of programs providing clinical, environmental, health promotion, and population-based services. The department has an annual budget of approximately $46 million and is staffed by 400 full-and part-time employees.
The mission of Columbus Public Health is to protect health and improve lives in our community.
The Columbus community is protected from disease and other public health threats, and everyone is empowered to live healthier, safer lives. CPH is the leader for identifying public health priorities and mobilizing resources and community partnerships to address them.
Our Public Health Goals
- Identify and respond to public health threats and priorities.
- Collaborate with residents, community stakeholders and policy‐makers to address local gaps in public health.
- Empower people and neighborhoods to improve their health.
- Establish and maintain organizational capacity and resources to support continuous quality improvement.
Our Strategic Priorities
- Reduce infant mortality
- Reduce overweight and obesity
- Reduce the spread of infectious diseases
- Improve access to public health care
- Implement departmental reorganization
Our many, diverse customers, both in the community and within our organization, know that they will be treated with thoughtful listening and respect. They know that our first priority is the health and safety of our community, and we will do all that is within our abilities and resources to address their individual needs and concerns.
We understand that we are accountable for the health and safety of everyone in our community, and that as a publicly funded organization, we are all responsible for maintaining the public’s trust through credible information, quality programming and services, and fiscal integrity. We know the scope of our programs and services and the critical role everyone plays in delivering our mission and achieving our vision.
Research / Science-based
Credible science is the foundation of our policies and program decisions. The community knows that our decision-making is based on research and best practices, and is grounded in the most current scientific information available.
Equity and Fairness
Our clients, partners and coworkers know that we will interact with them with fairness and equity, and that we strive to deliver our programs and services and operate in a manner that is just and free from bias or prejudice.
Public Health Accreditation
Columbus Public Health recently became one of the first public health departments in the country to receive national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Learn more