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Mission, Vision and Core Values

Mission Statement

To protect, promote, and improve the health and well-being of all DeKalb County residents.

We achieve our mission by:

  • Protecting against environmental risks, and preparing and responding to disasters
  • Preventing and responding to epidemics and outbreaks of disease
  • Promoting healthy behaviors and educating the community about public health
  • Providing access to culturally sensitive, evidence-based, innovative, competent, and high-quality care
  • Advancing health equity through community engagement and partnerships
  • Using data to address healthcare disparities and improve population health outcomes


Vision Statement

A healthier DeKalb where all residents have equitable access to public health resources and live healthy lives.


Core Values


We collaborate and communicate effectively across all levels of the organization to achieve our mission. We work alongside our community partners to achieve our common goals.


We collect, analyze, and disseminate data to make informed decisions, continuously improve our skills and our services, and to guide program, policy, and funding decisions.


We strive for service excellence to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of those we serve. We are open, honest, transparent, respectful, and hold each other accountable.

Diversity, Equity,
and Inclusion

We respect and value our differences. We promote the fair treatment of all people, continuously improve our cultural competence, and uplift the voices of our diverse community. We provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to all people from all backgrounds.