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.
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:
We believe that health is a human right, not a privilege.
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.
We respect the unique qualities of each individual and family, and believe that human diversity is our most valuable community asset.
We believe that all community members should have the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential.
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.
We value a work environment that nurtures professional growth, teamwork, risk-taking, creative dissent, and trust among staff.
We are committed to the creative development and use of human and fiscal resources.