About Us

Virginia Department of Health

Our Values

                                     ο Diversity        ο Collaboration          ο Learning          ο Customer Service          ο Excellence        ο Respect

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of Virginians. The VDH is made up of a statewide Central Office in Richmond and 35 local health districts. These entities work together to promote healthy lifestyle choices that can combat chronic disease, educate the public about emergency preparedness and threats to their health, and track disease outbreaks in Virginia.

Agency Size

   Staff     Local Health Districts    Local Health Departments
     ~ 3,700 35 119

The VDH is led by the State Health Commissioner, appointed by the Governor of Virginia. The Commissioner oversees the direction of the agency and provides feedback to the Governor through the Secretary of Health and Human Resources. The Commissioner works alongside numerous Deputy Commissioners and other key figures on the leadership team in heading the VDH in its efforts to navigate the complex health landscape and to promote the well-being of all people in Virginia.


Maintain a competent and valued workforce


Foster healthy, connected, and resilient communities


Be a trusted source of public health information and services


Assure the conditions that improve health opportunity


Provide internal systems that deliver consistent and responsive support

Virginia Beach Department of Public Health

Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (VBDPH) is a state-city cooperative health service agency, and a part of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).  We are one of 35 local health districts across the Commonwealth.  We are committed to protecting and improving the health of people in Virginia Beach.  As such, we work in partnership with VDH governance to provide public health services to our city.  We do this through a variety of activities aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles as well as preventing, detecting and controlling infectious diseases. We also have a role in preparing for and responding to emergency situations in our community.

We have over 125 full-time employees, 20 part-time employees and contractual staff, and countless volunteers who aid our efforts each year.  We are located at 4 different offices in Virginia Beach.

Please visit our website at: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/virginia-beach/ to learn more about the programs and services offered at VBDPH.

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