Mission: To promote and protect the health and well-being of York City.
The City of York Bureau of Health is 1 of 11 (7 county and 4 municipal) Act 315-funded health departments within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Bureau of Health began in 1985, due to the foresight and generous gift from Albert S. Weyer. After Mr. Weyer death in 1906, he bequeathed $80,000 to the City stipulating that the trust fund not to be touched for 100 years. In 1984, the York County Orphans Court ruled that the City could use the proceeds of the trust (approximately $2 million at the time) to be used for public health services in the City. Today, the Bureau of Health is funded by federal and state grants, local sources, the city’s General Fund, and proceeds from the Albert S. Weyer Community Health Fund (now administered by the York County Community Foundation).
The Bureau of Health is actively involved and leading efforts leading to increased opportunities for healthy living, including installing more bike and walk friendly amenities, improving the existing community gardens structure, and developing a more robust transportation plan. Bureau of Health staff are also developing and enhancing services to improve birth outcomes and reduce HIV and STD infections, by expanding staff and implementing evidence-informed approaches to improve health. Especially since that start of the COVID-19 pandemic, staff had to adjust and re-align work to provide disease surveillance and monitoring, case investigations, data collection and reporting, and community education efficiently and effectively regarding the disease and prevention measures.York Public Health Dashboard Emergency Preparedness