Vision Statement

A city with a vision will remain constantly alive and responsive to the welfare of its people.  We, the Department of Health Services, will continue to be an essential resource, working in partnership with the community to enrich its future.  We envision a city:

  • Where diversity is valued, acknowledged and respected;

  • Where people thrive and realize their fullest potential;

  • Where there is individual and collective responsibility for maintaining a safe and healthy environment;

  • Where the resources of our city are maximized and invested in the best interests of the community;

  • Where there is community collaboration to establish prevention-focused public policy for the common good;

  • Where citizens and staff are truly valued, nurtured, and respected for their essential contributions to the community;

  • Where people respect mutual differences and seek common ground;

  • Where norms are challenged and people take risks to create meaningful and innovative change;

  • Where everyone has a place to call home; and

  • Where people have a birthright to a hopeful Future.

Core Values

The core values of the Department of Health Services guide the effective delivery of services in the workplace and the community. The core values of our department are:

Human Rights

We believe that health is a human right, not a privilege.

Advocacy

We are committed to advocating for optimal individual, family, and community health.

Quality of Service

We are committed to excellence and accountability in our service to individuals, families, and the community.

Diversity

We respect the unique qualities of each individual and family, and believe that human diversity is our most valuable community asset.

Human Development

We believe that all community members should have the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential.

Partnerships

We value partnerships with policy makers, service providers, residents, and the faculty and students of University of California, Berkeley to develop programs and provide services that improve the quality of life in our community.

Organizational Culture

We value a work environment that nurtures professional growth, teamwork, risk-taking, creative dissent, and trust among staff.

Resources

We are committed to the creative development and use of human and fiscal resources.