San Joaquin Valley Public Health Consortium

Mother with grimacing child getting a shot by a nurse at a medical clinic

With a combined population of 3,971,659 people and a land mass of 24,603 square miles the central San Joaquin Valley is one of the largest rural and agricultural areas in the nation.

It is also culturally diverse with more than 70 ethnicities and 105 languages spoken. The central San Joaquin Valley counties share common concerns such as a predominately rural and agricultural base, a rapidly growing and highly diverse population, serious health needs and limited public health resources.

The San Joaquin Valley Public Health Consortium is a uniquely regional approach to serving the public health needs of the San Joaquin Valley. Members of the Consortium include the Central California County Public Health Directors, Deputy and Assistant Directors, and Health Officers from Fresno, Kern, KingsMadera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare counties, and Associate members from regional academic institutions and other organizations.  

Mission: Provide leadership for a regional health agenda that addresses the social determinants of health in the San Joaquin Valley.

Vision: Achieve health equity for all residents in the San Joaquin Valley.

Purpose: The Consortium engages in strategic planning, training, action oriented policy development and research to improve the quality and responsiveness of public health programs in the Central California region. The Consortium is a forum for County Public Health Directors, Deputy and Assistant Directors, Health Officers, and invited associate members to explore and exchange ideas and information and to develop strategies for addressing pressing public health issues faced by the counties and the region.

This Consortium is facilitated by the Central California Center for Health and Human Services and funded by The California Endowment.