This mission of the health district is, “To protect and promote the health, the environment and the well-being of Clark County residents and visitors.”
To this end, the health district offers services and provides regulatory supervision that impact the public every day – from the food they eat and the water they drink, to the public establishments they visit, the businesses they operate and the requirements they must meet in order to work in certain industries such as food service and child care.
The Southern Nevada Health District is one of the largest local public health organizations in the United States. The health district serves more than 1.7 million residents, which is 70 percent of Nevada’s total population. Also, the district is responsible with safeguarding the public health of more than 37 million visitors to Las Vegas each year.
The Southern Nevada Health District was created in 1962, following statutory authorization from the Nevada State Legislature to combine the county health department and the health departments of several surrounding cities.
At the time of its creation, the district had approximately 30 employees, including four sanitarians who inspected 800 eating and drinking establishments. The health district moved to its main office on Shadow Lane in 1965. It now has more than 500 employees working in four divisions:
The operations of health cards, vital records (birth and death certificates) and public information fall under the umbrella of the administration division. Support services are provided by the human resources, information technology, facilities and finance sections.