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Mission Statement: Los Angeles County residents are free of preventable infectious disease (excluding TB, STD, and HIV); Public Health is prepared to meet the challenge of emerging diseases.

Vision Statement: To prevent and control infectious disease (excluding TB, STD, and HIV) in Los Angeles County by implementing tools for surveillance, outbreak response, education, and preparedness activities.

ACDC Strategic Plan 2014

About ACDC:

ACDC's mission is to reduce the incidence of communicable disease (other than TB, STDs, and AIDS) in Los Angeles County through prevention, surveillance, and outbreak control. The ongoing goals of ACDC include the following:

Communicable Disease Surveillance and Control: conduct surveillance for over 60 diseases and disease syndromes investigate disease outbreaks and recommend control measures conduct special studies and projects produce annual reports, special analyses, and procedure manual

Communicable Disease Policy and Coordination: set policy and make procedure recommendations for Department activities related to infectious and communicable diseases interpret and enforce State and federal laws and regulations interface with other local (cities, universities), state, national, and federal agencies, and programs concerned with public health (see Links), and participate in national forums.

Communicable Disease-Related Training: serve as a consultant to the medical community on issues of communicable and infectious diseases provide professional education to doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals train medical doctors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), and preventive medicine residents from UCLA, California Department of Health Services training programs, health care professionals and others

Public Education: proactively educate and address concerns and inquiries of the news media on communicable disease


We are an enforcement agency operating as part of the County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health. The common title of our staff is "Health Inspector," but the official title is "Environmental Health Specialist." The State of California mandates that only qualified, trained professionals may perform the duties within the scope of this field. Our staff of professionals have backgrounds in the sciences including chemistry, physics, biology, microbiology, mathematics and environmental health.

A healthy and sustainable environment for the residents of Los Angeles County.

To assess environmental conditions and reduce exposure to health risks; and to educate the public on sources of environmental risk so they are empowered to protect themselves, their families and their communities.


  • Los Angeles County residents and visitors
  • Food industry
  • Housing and institutions operators
  • Water, sewage and solid waste industries
  • Other public and private industries

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