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With over 160 staff, the Public Health Division promotes optimal health and quality of life for the people of Sonoma County through service, science, leadership, and community action. We monitor the health of the population, provide health care, educate about disease and injury prevention, and advance personal and population-based health programs and policies. We protect public health and the environment and promote safety by eliminating or minimizing environmental health hazards through education, regulation and a cooperative working relationship with our community and partner agencies.

Animal Shelter

Animal Services

The Sonoma County Animal Shelter is committed to serving the public in the care and well being of animals, both domestic and livestock, throughout the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County, the city of Santa Rosa and the town of Windsor.

Disease Control Surveillance and Response

Disease Control Unit

The Disease Control unit is responsible for the investigation of outbreaks of communicable diseases, surveillance of reportable diseases, and provision of educational materials and services to assist communities in reducing the incidence of communicable diseases.

Public Health Regional Laboratory

Provides specimen testing services to the counties of Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake and Humboldt in Northern California, training and reference testing to clinical laboratories, and laboratory support for diagnosis and control of communicable diseases to private medical providers.

Office of Vital Statistics

Provides birth and death certificates, medical marijuana identification cards, permits for disposition of human remains, and data for communicable disease reporting.

Public Health Preparedness

Planning and putting in place programs to respond quickly and effectively to threats endangering the health of the public.

Emergency Medical Services Oversight

Coastal Valleys EMS Agency

Provides oversight to the emergency medical care delivery system in Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety Programs

Our programs promote health and quality of life by preventing or controlling those diseases or deaths that result from interactions between people and the places they live, work and play. Our programs employ several strategies to prevent health hazards including education, surveillance, routine inspections, response to citizen tips, sampling and posting and enforcement where necessary.

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Affordable Care Act Notice

Family Health Newsletter

California Children Services

If your child has a catastrophic or serious medical condition, this program may be able to provide financial assistance and coordinate health care services.

Child Health and Disability Prevention

Provides complete health assessments for the early detection and prevention of disease and disability in children and youth, offered at no cost to families that meet eligibility criteria.

HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases Prevention Program

The program coordinates planning and evaluation for HIV prevention activities, and coordinates planning, development and evaluation for the local HIV prevention programs.

Injury Prevention Program

Conducts countywide projects aimed at reducing unintentional injuries among children.

Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program

The mission of the Maternal, Child, Adolescent Health program is to promote the physical, social and emotional health of childbearing women, children, adolescents and their families in Sonoma County.

Women, Infants, Children (WIC)

WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that helps mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy.

Healthy Communities

The mission of Healthy Communities is to provide comprehensive, coordinated services in partnership with the community that support healthy societal and behavioral choices for the people of Sonoma County.

Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Program

The Alcohol and Other Drug Program works in concert with local community based organizations, community partners, and government agencies to promote a healthy Sonoma County. The program uses a continuum of prevention strategies to support overall community well-being through the prevention of alcohol and drug use.

Coalition for a Tobacco-free Sonoma County

Comprised of various community-based organizations involved in community health education against tobacco use.

Nutrition and Physical Activity Program

Program staff members are involved in several collaborative projects aimed at increasing the activity level and encouraging healthy eating among Sonoma County residents.

Tobacco and Nicotine Prevention

Public Health uses Proposition 99 tobacco tax funds to conduct tobacco control activities, including the Tobacco Education Program, Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Sonoma County, and the Sonoma County Peer Leaders Advocating for Teens (SPLAT).

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Russian River Update - Blue-Green Algae

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, DHS received test results indicating that a low-level of blue-green algae toxins are present in certain areas of the Russian River. In accordance with state guidance, the level of toxin present is enough to trigger the posting of “Caution” signs in both English and Spanish at all major beaches along the River.

There are currently no restrictions for recreational use of the Russian River. However, the public should be advised that potentially harmful algae may be present. Care should be taken to keep children and pets away from algae, and prevent them from drinking river water.

Blue-green algae testing results

Blue-green algae update: July 27, 2017

Beach hotline: (707) 565-6552

Food Facility Color-Coded Placarding Program

placarding program
Sonoma County is implementing a color-coded placard system for the disclosure of food facility inspection results.
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This is the Symbol of Public Health

Source: National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

Announcements for Health Providers

Health Alerts, Health Advisories, Health Updates

Patient Medical Records

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved the closure of the Public Health clinics as of April 2, 2010. If you wish to receive a copy of your medical records from theformer Public Health clinics, please call (707) 565-4821.

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Family Health News

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