The mission of the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) is to protect, promote, and preserve the health and well-being of all Allegheny County residents, particularly the most vulnerable.
Formed in 1957, ACHD strives daily to assure quality public health services by promoting individual and community wellness, preventing injury, illness and premature death or disability, and protecting the population from harmful effects of chemical, biological, and physical hazards within the environment. Today, we serve more than 1.2 million county residents in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Through the years, public health has made great strides when it comes to infant mortality, childhood immunization, cancer, heart disease, and tuberculosis, to name a few.
But there is still work to do. ACHD's Strategic Plan(PDF, 732KB) outlines goals for the health department going forward and provides a roadmap for achieving sustainable changes in the health of Allegheny County.
These days of economic stress, industrial turbulence, and fear of new and unknown viruses and disease, have reminded many of the importance of a sound public health system. Public health is here for Allegheny County, now more than ever.