Public Health

Contact

1800 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93306
(661) 321-3000

Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Clinic Hours
Leadership

Our Mission:

To protect and safeguard the health and safety of the community. This is accomplished through the following objectives:

  • Promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviors through education, awareness and prevention of disease.
  • A coordinated and efficient dedication of resources that aggressively responds to threats to the health of the community.
  • A comprehensive approach to health risks by identifying and evaluating causative factors related to diseases including environmental factors and health inequities and disparities.
  • Creation of an environment that supports creative and innovative solutions to emerging health risks and chronic disease.

Divisions

Birth & Death Certificates

Immunizations

Public Health Nursing

California Children’s Services

Child Health & Disability Prevention

Health Education

Division Phone Numbers

Administration 661.321.3000
AIDS 661.321.3000
CHDP/MCAH
Toll Free:
661.321.3000
1.877.818.4787
Clinic Appointments 661.321.3000
Disease Control 661.321.3000
Health Promotion & Public Information 661.321.3000
Immunizations 661.321.3000
Office Public Health Preparedness 661.321.3000
Public Health Laboratory 661.321.3000
Public Health Nursing 661.321.3000
Sexually Transmitted Disease 661.321.3000
Tuberculosis (TB) 661.321.3000
Vital Statistics (Birth/Death Certificates) 661.321.3000

Biostatistics

The study of health issue information using math and science to spot health trends.

A person called a statistician finds health trends such as estimating the number of deaths from gang violence or injuries from not wearing a seat belt. In this area of Public Health, many health trends or problems are found using math. Statisticians use a variety of other tools such as finding the causes of disease and injury in the community or predicating health problems a community may have in the future.

Epidemiology

“The Disease Detectives”

If food poisoning or a disease affects large parts of a community or population, epidemiologists investigate the cause of the disease and control its spread. Epidemiologists often ask the questions who is at risk, what is the risk, and how to prevent the risk? Epidemiologists are often the public health workers who find the source of a disease, spot who is being affected by the disease, how to prevent it, and stop the spread of disease.

Health Education

This area of Public Health focuses on encouraging the public to make better choices about their health. Health Educators focus on ways to encourage people to take better care of their health. Health Educators often create community wide education programs to prevent disease and research complex health issues. They also promote more efficient use of health services, and try to have the public adopt self care practices.

Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health

This part of Public Health gives information and access to resources for the promotion of healthy pregnancies and children. Public health workers in Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health improve public health delivery systems for women, children, and their families through advocacy, education, and research.

Health Services Administration and Management

The field of health services administration combines politics, business, and science in managing the human and financial resources needed to deliver effective Public Health services.

Public Health Laboratory Practice

Public Health laboratory professionals such as bacteriologists, microbiologists, and biochemists test biological and environmental samples in order to diagnose, prevent, treat, and control infectious diseases in communities.

Public Health Policy

Professionals in Public Health policy work to improve the public’s health through legislative action at the local, state, and federal levels.