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The Department of Public Health has released a first-of-its-kind series of health profile reports for 86 Los Angeles County cities and communities (62 cities, the 15 Los Angeles City Council Districts, and 9 unincorporated Census designated communities). These reports provide the most detailed information available to date on the health of …

Yesterday, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas along with the Los Angeles County Health Agency and community partners announced the release of a new plan that promotes health equity across LA County. Over the next five years, the Health Agency will join with others to sustain efforts to reduce and eliminate some of …

This article originally appeared on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website On Monday, July 30th, Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, former County Health Officer and Director of the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) was sworn in as the new Los Angeles County Health Officer. A noted national …

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommends that health care providers routinely screen for pregnancy desire in well-woman and primary care visits for women of reproductive age. In LA County, chronic diseases that negatively impact pregnancy, such as diabetes and hypertension, are increasing in this population. In addition, …

Summary This is an alert to public health departments, health care professionals, first responders, and medical examiners and coroners to important new developments in the evolving opioid overdose epidemic, which increasingly involves illicitly manufactured fentanyl and an array of potent fentanyl analogs (i.e., compounds that are chemically related to fentanyl). …

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) released the most geographically focused reports to date on the health of county residents and the community conditions impacting their health across the county. Reports were generated for cities and unincorporated communities with at least 24,000 residents, including …

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has identified the first case of human West Nile virus (WNV) infection in Los Angeles County for the 2018 season (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena as cases identified in those cities are reported by their local health departments). A resident …

Orange County Superior Court Judge Kim G. Dunning has issued an order that opens the door for Los Angeles County to locally prosecute civil claims against opioid manufacturers. The judge’s action comes after the County, acting to protect the health of its residents, moved to join a lawsuit that accuses …

Urges further policy changes to expand access to care for pain and substance use disorders The American Medical Association (AMA) issued a new report on Thursday documenting how California’s physician leadership is advancing the fight against the opioid crisis. The report found a statewide decrease in opioid prescribing, as well as an …

Just over one year ago, Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., MPH, MEd, was appointed as the director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Dr. Ferrer brought not only over 30 years of professional experience as a philanthropic strategist, public health director, educational leader, researcher, …