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 The City of Pasadena Public Health Department is dedicated to the physical, social and mental well-being of 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.
Michael Johnson, MPADirector
As the Public Health Director, Mr. Johnson is responsible
for the overall planning, administration and operation of the Pasadena Public
He previously served as the Assistant Director for the
Merced County Public Health Department in Merced, California, leading
accreditation efforts and managing health clinics and emergency management
Prior to Merced County, he worked at the Long Beach Department of
Health and Human Services for 23 years, where he assisted in the establishment of the Miller Family Health Education Center and the expansion of public health and human services programming.
Mr. Johnson has a
bachelor’s degree in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine
and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern
Ying-Ying Goh, MD, MSHSHealth Officer
As the City’s Health Officer, Dr. Goh provides medical
supervision and consultative direction for City health services and programs.
The Health Officer also has authority to declare public health emergencies and
Prior to appointment as Health Officer, Dr. Goh served as the
Department’s Medical Director for Programs and Research, securing new grant
funding and managing programs related to diabetes care management and childhood
obesity prevention. Her professional
experience includes clinical pediatric practice; management of a California Endowment task force to improve healthcare access and quality in Los Angeles
County; design and implementation of a case management program for seniors with
chronic conditions, and research to improve
nutrition and physical activity for youth.
Dr. Goh earned a
bachelor’s degree at Stanford University, a medical degree at the Stanford
University School of Medicine and a master’s degree in health services
research from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
Public Health Department Organizational Structure