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Who We Are

We're your local health department with a staff of more than 140 people, serving over 500,000 people in more than 60 cities, villages, and towns across Dane County. Our work to enhance, protect, and promote the health of the environment and the well being of all people has a direct impact on the quality of life we experience in Madison and Dane County.

Our Vision

Healthy People. Healthy Places.

Our Mission

Working with the community to enhance, protect, and promote the health of the environment and the well-being of all people.


What We Do

You see some of what we do in things like giving immunizations, inspecting restaurants, screening for sexually transmitted infections, and monitoring our beaches. But a lot of our work to reduce rates of chronic disease and build sustainable, healthy communities is less visible.

We work hard to focus on health equity and the root causes of poor health outcomes by addressing the social and economic forces that affect the health of our community. We partner with other community agencies to do things like; increase access to oral health care and healthy food, and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke. We also examine our local health data in order to track illness and to inform policy decisions that ultimately affect the health of our community.

Overview Documents


How We Work

Guiding Principles

Our vision for Dane County is Healthy People. Healthy Places. To achieve this, we strive to operate with health and racial equity as a guiding principle to make sure health outcomes in Dane County are not determined by race or other group status.

We Welcome Everyone

Our services are available to all residents and visitors of Madison and Dane County. Citizenship is not required. We provide services regardless of race, color, gender/gender expression, ability, religion, sexual orientation, or place of birth/place of residence.

We are proud to be a diverse department. We do not tolerate bigotry or racism. We do not change provider based on their race. You have the right to decline services.

Public Health Madison & Dane County: Safe, Welcoming and Inclusive Statement