Community and Program Evaluation

The Community and Program Evaluation team works to increase health equity in Berkeley through health status assessment and reporting, and by fostering community engagement and partnerships.


City of Berkeley Public Health Division
1947 Center Street, Second Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704
Map to Public Health Division

510-981-5300 (Phone)   510-981-5395 (Fax)   510-981-6903 (TDD)

Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:30pm

“Engaging Communities to Improve Health in Berkeley”

Primary areas include:

Community Assessment and Reporting

Collects, analyzes and distributes information about health conditions, risks and resources for City of Berkeley residents through the Health Status Report and other reports. This includes the quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis of health and socio-demographic/cultural characteristics. Conducts public health surveillance for program guidance and policy development. Responds to requests for data on a wide range of health and social issues.

Office of Vital Statistics 

Registers and maintains official documentation of Berkeley births and deaths since 1895, and issues birth and death certificates to the public. Performs surveillance for HIV and AIDS and other reportable communicable diseases. Responds to requests for data related to Berkeley births and deaths and communicable diseases and ensures the quality of data collection.

Community Engagement & Partnerships

Strengthens residents’ resources and skills to identify health priorities and assets, problem-solve, and advocate for community improvement through policies, programs, and/or practices. This involves working closely with community groups like the South & West Berkeley Community Action Team and South &West Berkeley Health Forum, and hosting events, dialogues and actions with community residents and City stakeholders that eliminate health inequities and promote action.  Also builds strong, mutually-beneficial and collaborative relationships with South and West Berkeley communities and other strategic partners including UC Berkeley by sharing ideas, opportunities, and strategies.

We facilitate the City of Berkeley’s South Berkeley Place-Based Strategy Team, a collaborative of 14 City Departments that meets monthly to discuss how to work together to achieve health equity. Our partnership with UC Berkeley is centered around how students (undergraduate and graduate) and faculty from the School of Public Health can contribute to better health in surrounding Berkeley communities. The School of Public Health offers academic credit for students to work with us; we work with about 45 students per year as volunteer interns with the Division.  The SPH also sponsors summer MPH-level internships for students to work on particular projects that help us achieve health equity. Future plans include pulling together a Faculty Workgroup to work with us to focus their research and student coursework on Berkeley’s health equity initiative.


Program Evaluation

Provides technical assistance to public health programs to help evaluate whether they are meeting their objectives to improve community health and reduce health disparities/inequities.

Strategic Communications

Helps to identify strategies for improving health and well-being among public health department programs and community groups through enhanced communications and collaboration, including public information. This includes work supporting the City’s Community Health Commission.

Health Education & Training

Provides technical assistance to programs and develops trainings for health department staff and the public on issues pertaining to health status, program evaluation, community assessment, planning, communications, and policy advocacy.

Contact Person(s):

José Ducos, MD, MPH
Office of Vital Statistics