Mission . . .
The mission of the California Department of Health Services (DHS) is
to protect and improve the health of all Californians. With the
support of dedicated and skilled employees and the application of
public health sciences, the Department is committed to:
- Reducing the occurrence of preventable disease, disability, and
premature death among all Californians.
- Closing the gaps in health status and access to care among the
State's diverse population subgroups.
- Providing leadership and setting the standard in reforming health
care into a coordinated, accountable, and affordable health care
system which emphasizes access to appropriate preventive measures
and high-quality services.
- Building and fostering strong partnerships for health with local
health agencies, public and private agencies, community-based
organizations, providers, consumers, educational and academic
institutions, and other interested groups.
- Improving the quality and cultural competence of the Department's
operations, services, and programs.
What we plan to accomplish
in the next three years:
- Demonstrate leadership in the reform of health care.
- Develop and implement initiatives that systematically attack the
underlying causes of preventable disease or hazardous conditions.
- Strengthen existing relationships with local health agencies and
expand partnerships with multicultural, ethnic, and women's
- Strengthen the scientific base for public health in California.
- Consolidate DHS programs that provide personal health services into
comprehensive health care systems emphasizing primary care.
- Establish networks of organized health care systems which emphasize
primary and preventive care, using the principles of managed care
to improve beneficiary access and ensure cost-effective use of
health care resources.
- Work to close the gaps in health status and access to care among
the State's diverse population subgroups.
- Build an easily accessible data system that will support policy
analysis and program decisions at all levels; be useful to
providers, local and community agencies, and the state; and
ultimately benefit all Californians.
- Reform DHS administration and program management, including
external contracting, into a rational, business-like, and
- Elevate the morale of DHS employees by recognizing the value of our
encouraging their development, and enhancing their work
- Promote and maintain awareness of the critical role of each
employee and her or his respective contributions to achievement of
the Department's overall mission and success of its programs.