About Us


CCLHO Mission/Purpose


The mission of the California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO) is to prevent disease and improve the health of all California residents. The Conference was established by statute in 1947 to advise the Department of Health Services (now Department of Public Health), other departments, boards, commissions, and officials of federal, state and local agencies, the Legislature and other organizations on all matters affecting health.


Organization and Description of Activities


CCLHO membership includes the 60 legally appointed physician Health Officers in California, one from each of the 58 counties and the three cities of Berkeley, Long Beach and Pasadena (these are the only cities that have fully-functioning health departments).


CCLHO provides a state/local forum to discuss significant health issues in order to develop recommendations for appropriate health policy. This includes legislative and regulatory review. CCLHO meets semiannually and its Board of Directors meets most months. Its various program committees consider technical and policy issues in communicable disease control and prevention; chronic disease and injury prevention; environmental health; health equity, and maternal, child and adolescent health.


Legal Authorization


California Health and Safety Code Sections 100290, 100295, 100925 and 100950.