About Us


Having served with the department for over 28 years, I take very seriously the health and well-being of everyone who lives, works and plays in Riverside County

Susan Harrington, Public Health DirectorWe offer a wide range of services and programs, with a staff of 700  doctors, nurses, health educators, nutritionists, communicable disease and community program pecialists, managers and fiscal and support staff.

Public Health Organizational Chart (PDF)

Ours is certainly a large department, but we aim to treat each client and visitor with care that is as unique and individualized as possible.

Our mission is simple:  to promote and protect the health of all county residents and visitors in service of the well-being of the community.

It's all part of our vision for healthy people and a healthy community!

Susan Harrington, M.S., R.D.

Director, County of Riverside Department of Public Health


2012-2016 Mission, Goals & Strategic Plan

The County of Riverside Department of Public Health promotes and protects the health of all County residents and visitors in service of the well-being of the community.

Create Healthy Communities

  • Improve community safety
  • Ensure access to clean air and water, healthy food and housing
  • Improve neighborhood planning efforts that promote health

Promote Healthy Behaviors

  • Reduce obesity-related chronic disease
  • Reduce the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs
  • Reduce preventable illnesses

Connect and Invest in People

  • Increase access to education and employment opportunities
  • Improve health outcomes and health equity and create commitment to addressing social determinants of health
  • Leverage and strengthen innovative collaboration
  • Realize the potential of staff through recruitment, development and retention of a qualified workforce
  • Deliver public health services within a responsive and effective system
  • Improve access to timely and understandable health information

 Ten Essential Services of Public Health: Riverside County

What is Public Health in Riverside County?

Read the report created to answer this question

Contact Us

County of Riverside Department of Public Health

4065 County Circle Drive, Riverside, CA 92503
(951) 358-5000 | FAX 358-4529 | TDD 358-5124

Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.