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
What are Social Determinants of Health?
Social determinants of
health are conditions in
the environment in which
people are born, live,
work, play, worship and
age. These factors
affect a wide range of
health and quality of
Housing and Health
Housing is 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
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.