About the New York State Department of Health

The New York State Department of Health (the Department) has been overseeing the health, safety, and well-being of New Yorkers since 1901 – from sanitation and vaccinations to utilizing new developments in science as critical tools in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. In the face of today's new public health challenges and evolving health care system, the Department's commitment to protecting the health and well-being of all New Yorkers is unwavering.

Mission, Vision and Values

Mission:

To protect and promote health and well-being for all, building on a foundation of health equity.

Vision:

New York is a healthy community of thriving individuals and families.

Values:

Public Good
Integrity
Innovation
Collaboration
Excellence
Respect
Inclusion

Definition of Health

Health is a state of optimal physical, mental and social well-being.

Statement on Health Equity

Health equity is foundational to everything we do to help all people achieve optimal physical, mental and social well-being. Everyone at the Department of Health shares responsibility for achieving health equity and eliminating health disparities.

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