COVID-19 Public Health Heroes

Introducing Pasadena’s Public Health Heroes! The Pasadena Public Health Department is proud to recognize these staff members who went above and beyond to serve our community during the COVID-19 local health emergency. Read below to learn about each COVID-19 response team and their efforts to keep Pasadena residents safe and healthy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Emergency Preparedness Team

Public health emergency preparedness is essential to facing any disaster. With the help of local partners and volunteers, the public health emergency preparedness team supported the community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by coordinating health education, free testing, and vaccine distribution.  Thank you to these Public Health Heroes for their efforts to keep Pasadena prepared throughout the local public health emergency.

Nursing and Immunization Team

The public health nursing team investigates diseases, monitors treatment, and administers vaccines to protect against illnesses. These Public Health Heroes work closely with cases, patients, and the public to create a healthier Pasadena!

Epidemiology and Surveillance Team

Epidemiologists and public health analysts provide data that helps empower people to make healthier choices. By monitoring trends in disease and case rates, they can identify people at the highest risk and dedicate resources for those who need it most. These Public Health Heroes know that every person counts!

Homeless Supportive Services Team

When the COVID-19 local health emergency began, the Homeless Supportive Services Team at PPHD answered the call to help those at critical risk in our community. Since March of 2020, these staff members secured temporary housing for 293 individuals experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud to recognize these Public Health Heroes for their efforts and innovation!

Case Investigation and
Contact Tracing Team

Case investigators and contact tracers connect directly with Pasadena residents and businesses to prevent and control infectious diseases. These Public Health Heroes are proud to serve their neighbors, families, and community every day!

Public Information and
Policy Development Team

The public information team served as a direct link to the community for real-time updates throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. These Public Health Heroes worked diligently to provide the latest updates and guidance to keep our community safe and healthy.

Vaccine Equity Team (Promotores)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, PPHD observed disparities in COVID-19 infections including low vaccination rates among underserved populations in Pasadena. In partnership with trusted community messengers, the Promotores Program addresses inequities by working closely with African American/Black and Latinx community members through building trust, providing education, and linking health resources for those in need. We are pleased to recognize these Public Health Heroes for their commitment to health equity in our community!