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Special Projects Unit


Special Projects

Housing and Health
Public Health Policy



Contact Information
County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
Chief of Staff/Special Projects Unit
313 N. Figueroa Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Welcome to the Special Projects Unit

The Special Projects Unit is an administrative office housed within the Chief of Staff office responsible primarily for advancing DPH's work around health equity and social determinants of health by fostering efficient internal collaboration, offering data support and policy analysis, and innovating across disciplines and agency boundaries.



Special Projects


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Housing and Health

Housing as a fundamental factor in determining health. Immediate health consequences of unsafe, poor quality, and unaffordable housing range from limited access to preventive healthcare and quality food to lead poisoning and increased asthma rates.




Public Health Policy

Public health policy can be a law, regulation, procedure, ordinance, administrative practice, or voluntary practice of an institution. Public Health policy should align with DPH's mission to protect health, prevent disease and injury, and promote the health and well being for everyone in Los Angeles County.


Syringe Exchange

Los Angeles County Syringe Exchange Program

Working with community partners, the Los Angeles County Syringe Exchange Program provides clean needles and syringes to intravenous drug users in exchange for used ones in an effort to reduce the sharing of contaminated needles. Additional services such as HIV/AIDS counseling, wound-care, and drug treatment referrals are available to participants through this program.

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