About

Since 1892, the Pasadena Public Health Department has been responsible for helping protect, maintain and improve the health of the Pasadena community. The City of Pasadena is one of only three cities in the state of California that maintains its own independent local health jurisdiction with responsibility for a wide variety of services that support the three core public health functions of assessment, policy development and assurance.

Mission Statement

To protect and advance equitable and optimal health outcomes for all who live, work, learn and play in Pasadena.

Vision Statement

The Pasadena Public Health Department will lead the city to be the model of health excellence and community wellness.

Core Values

The Pasadena Public Health Department is committed to building trusting relationships with the community we serve; providing high-quality services; making health services accessible; instilling the value of public health; and creating opportunities that foster health professional excellence.

Core Purpose

Our Mission

To protect and advance equitable and optimal health outcomes for all who live, work, learn and play in Pasadena.

Our Vision

Everyone thriving in communities designed for health and well-being.

North Stars

Our guiding principles are presented as North Stars because they maintain our focus on the path forward and reflect our shared approach to achieving our mission, vision, and strategic plan.

Department Leadership

Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, MD, MSHS

Ying-Ying Goh, MD, MSHS
Director of Public Health and Health Officer

Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, MD, MSHS, is the Director and Health Officer of the City of Pasadena Public Health Department and a board-certified pediatrician. She recently served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Biden Administration working on health issues including reproductive healthcare access, maternal and women’s health, and youth mental health. In Pasadena, Dr. Goh served as incident commander for public health emergency responses for COVID-19 and mpox. Her professional experience includes clinical pediatric practice, healthcare management consulting, and community-based participatory research to improve nutrition and physical activity for youth.

Dr. Goh earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy at Stanford University, a Doctor of Medicine Degree at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and a Master of Health Services Research Degree from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She completed pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard University and Boston Medical Center/Boston University. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Kaiser Permanente Tyson School of Medicine.

Organizational Structure

Strategic Plan


In November 2016, the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) successfully achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), a non-profit organization. The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s state, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments.

At the time, PPHD was one of only eight public health agencies in California and less than 200 across the nation to achieve this distinction. However, hundreds of health departments across the country are preparing to seek accreditation through PHAB.

With accreditation, PPHD is demonstrating increased accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials and partner organizations to better serve the health needs of the Pasadena community. The Public Health Accreditation Board evaluation analyzed many things, such as how well the Pasadena Health Department is able to assess health conditions in the community and how well staff are prepared to respond to disease outbreaks or other emergencies.

For additional information on public health accreditation, visit http://www.phaboard.org/