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Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
3530 Wilshire Blvd, 8th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90010
Tel: (213) 351-7825
Fax: (213) 351-2713

Mission Statement

To improve health and decrease health disparities in Los Angeles County by reducing the occurrence, severity, and consequences of chronic diseases and injuries.
Chronic Disease Brochure 

Latest News

2015 Active Transportation Program Grant Application – Coordinating with Public Health

The Call for Projects for Cycle 2 of the State’s Active Transportation Program will open on March 26, 2015, with applications due June 1, 2015. The application available on the Caltrans website asks applicants to describe how their proposed project will contribute to improved public health and asks applicants to describe how they coordinated with local health agencies. Given the large number of jurisdictions and large volume of applications expected in Los Angeles County, the Department of Public Health (DPH) is currently working on guidance to assist applicants. The document will provide links to resources such as health data, articles, and reports, and will also guide applicants on how to engage with DPH about their ATP applications. Guidance is expected to be complete and available on the DPH website by March 30, 2015.

To find out more information, click here for the Caltrans website.

Active Transportation in Los Angeles County

In 2013, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health sponsored a countywide field survey to gauge public support for active transportation efforts in the region. This brief delves into the public interest for better sidewalks, more bike paths and trails, and safer city streets. The brief concludes with recommendations on how to advance active transportation projects.

Click image to view the brief.

Community Transformation Grant Program Highlights
Through funding made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Community Health, Community Transformation Grant, the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention engaged in substantive and innovative initiatives that addressed wholesale changes in efforts to encourage healthy and active living among all people living in Los Angeles County. Below are key program highlights that continue through the Division's sustainability efforts.


Suicide: New Data Brief and Infographic

In 2011, more Los Angeles County residents died by suicide than motor vehicle crashes, unintentional drug overdoses, or homicides. This two-page brief highlights 2011 data trends for the significant but preventable problem of suicide in Los Angeles County. click here

Parks After Dark: Preventing Violence While Promoting Healthy, Active Living

Want to learn more about how parks can have a pivotal role in addressing violence prevention while at the same time combatting obesity? Download here to find out more about the innovative program, Parks After Dark!. click here

Potential Costs and Health Benefits of Parks After Dark:
A Rapid Health Impact Assessment

The Injury & Violence Prevention Program (IVPP) in collaboration with the Health Impact Evaluation Center of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, released a new report highlighting the health impacts of an innovative local strategy called Parks After Dark. The report, Potential Costs and Health Benefits of Parks After Dark: A Rapid Health Impact Assessment, examines the potential impacts of Parks After Dark on safety, physical activity, and cross-sector collaboration. Continuation and expansion of Parks After Dark would have positive impacts on the health and wellbeing of residents who live in areas disproportionately impacted by violence, obesity, and economic hardship. The full report, and executive summary below include detailed analyses and recommendations to maximize the potential health benefits and cost savings of this strategy.
To see the report, click here

Public Health Launches Choose Health LA Restaurants

Choose Health LA Restaurants is a partnership between the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and local restaurants to promote healthier meal choices for customers across Los Angeles County. Given that nearly two in three LA County adults and children are overweight or obese, it is critical that we work together to help reverse this trend. One important strategy to address the issue is to offer customers healthier options at restaurants. Choose Health LA Restaurants works with restaurant operators to expand healthier choices by offering customers smaller portion size options and healthier children’s meals in addition to existing menu items.

To suggest a restaurant for the program, email

To learn more about the program, including how to become a participating restaurant, click here

Healthy Food Procurement in the County of Los Angeles

Now available for download: Resources to help implement healthy eating tips in vending machines. For more information on the County’s healthy food procurement policies, click here

  • Creating Healthy Food Environments Brief, click here
  • Nutrition Recommendations for Meals, Snacks and Beverages in Cafeterias, click here
  • Implementation Toolkit for Vending Machine Nutrition Policy- Beverages, click here
  • Implementation Toolkit for Vending Machine Nutrition Policy- Snacks, click here
  • Portion Control Brief, click here
  • Community Transformation Grant Summary, click here
  • Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative Summary, click here

Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative

The four-year Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative is bringing together a broad range of partners to implement community-based public education, skills-building and environmental changes that promote physical activity and healthy eating. The grant, funded by First 5 LA, targets the nearly one million LA County children 0-5 years of age and their families, and includes three focus areas: Choose Health LA Kids, reducing obesity in child care settings and managing obesity in moms.

For more information,click here.

Menu Labeling as a Potential Strategy for Combating the Obesity Epidemic

Public Health releases a report showing that posting calorie information on restaurant menus can help consumers make better health choices when eating out. To read the full report, click here

Preventing Childhood Obesity: the Need to Create Healthy Places.

A Cities and Communities Health Report Public Health releases a report presenting data on the prevalence of childhood obesity for 128 cities and communities in Los Angeles County. Cities and communities were ranked in terms of highest-to-lowest obesity prevalence and by level of economic hardship. To read the full report, click here


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