Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals | Kathy Kliebert, Secretary

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About the Office of Public Health

The DHH Office of Public Health is comprised of 1,300 professionals across Louisiana who are charged with protecting and promoting the health of the communities of our state. Engineers, doctors, chemists, biologists, nurses, sanitarians, clinicians, emergency preparedness experts and a host of other professionals work constantly to:

  • monitor the food Louisiana's residents and visitors eat,
  • keep our water safe to drink,
  • fight chronic and communicable disease,
  • ensure we are ready for hurricanes, disasters and other threats,
  • ensure access to vital records like birth certificates, and
  • offer preventive health services.


The mission of the Office of Public Health (OPH) is to protect and promote the health of Louisiana residents. We accomplish this through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, preventing disease and injury, enforcing regulations that protect the environment, sharing vital information, and assuring preventive services to uninsured and underserved individuals and families.


Public health sees the community as a place where all Louisianans are born healthy and have the opportunity to grow, develop and live in an environment that is nurturing, supportive, and safe; and that promotes the physical, mental and social health of individuals and families.

Public Health professionals are motivated daily by how individuals and communities are working together to improve their health. As custodians of the public's trust and money, we strive to stay connected to what's most important to improve the health of individuals and families.


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