Department of Health & Social Services
WHO ARE WE
The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) in the City of Plainfield serves as the principal agency for protecting all its residents' health and providing essential social services, especially for those who can least help themselves. DHSS promotes its residents' health and well-being, delivering critical services to ensure that families are strengthened, public health is protected, and individuals achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency. DHSS also promotes equal access to arts and cultural activities essential to a healthy and thriving Plainfield.
WHAT DRIVES THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES
Creativity - We embrace risk-taking, balancing proven approaches with those promising in solving today's challenges.
Partnership - We embrace collaboration to devise and implement solutions, leveraging collective insight, networks, and resources.
Equity - We pursue justice and dignity for all. We embrace shared humanity while examining racial, cultural, and social systemic inequities.
Respect - We value everyone's background and perspective and display honesty, kindness, and trust in all interactions.
Stewardship - We exhibit integrity, humility, excellence, and responsibility in caring for all the department's resources.
Health – Building equity-focused systems of health to achieve community well-being.
Arts & Culture – We invite artists to rethink the concept of community development that embodies art, culture, and creative placemaking as the foundation of a healthy city.
Social Services – Increasing social and economic mobility through workforce development and enhancing the lifecycle for families and individuals.
Community Development – Unlocking capital for community change and healthy homes.
Healthy Families – Safeguards the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age five and improves access to nutritious foods, and promotes healthier eating and lifestyles.