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.
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.
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.
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.
Provides birth and death certificates, medical marijuana identification cards, permits for disposition of human remains, and data for communicable disease reporting.
Planning and putting in place programs to respond quickly and effectively to threats endangering the health of the public.
Provides oversight to the emergency medical care delivery system in Sonoma and Mendocino counties.
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.
If your child has a catastrophic or serious medical condition, this program may be able to provide financial assistance and coordinate health care services.
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.
The program coordinates planning and evaluation for HIV prevention activities, and coordinates planning, development and evaluation for the local HIV prevention programs.
Conducts countywide projects aimed at reducing unintentional injuries among children.
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.
WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that helps mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy.
First 5 Sonoma County invests in Sonoma County's youngest children by funding programs and services that promote, support, and improve the early development of children from the prenatal stage through age five.
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.
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.
Comprised of various community-based organizations involved in community health education against tobacco use.
Program staff members are involved in several collaborative projects aimed at increasing the activity level and encouraging healthy eating among Sonoma County residents.
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).
Press release: Health Warning: Keep Animals Away from Russian River posted September 4, 2015
Russian River: Blue Green Algae Status Update (pdf) posted October 9, 2015
Health Advisory for Veterinarians posted August 21, 2015
Sonoma County is proposing the implementation of a color-coded placard system for the disclosure of food facility inspection results.
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Source: National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).
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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