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Public Health Division
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Environmental Health Division
The Food, Land and Water Division provides consumer protection in broad program areas that include the protection of retail food, land use practices and environmental quality, drinking water safety and safe and healthy operation of hotels and motels, farm labor camps and organized recreational camps. Legal authority for these programs is primarily derived from Federal, state and local statutes; which include the California Uniform Retail Food Facilities Law; Sherman Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law; California Food and Agriculture Code; California Health and Safety Code; Uniform Housing Code; and Uniform Plumbing Code.
- Food Program Forms
- Mobile Food Facility & Application Forms
- Safe Food Handling
- Food Program Info
- Restaurants & Markets
- Temporary Food Facilities & Community Events
- Plan Review Information
- Health Department Grading Policy
- California Retail Food Code (effective Jan 1, 2014)
- Hot Topics
- Use and Care of Reusable Shopping Bags
- Open Air BBQ
- Power Outages & Food Safety
- Septic Systems
- Program Forms
- Use & Operation of a Septic System
- Land Development Info
- Individual Sewage Disposal Systems
- Land Development Related Links
- Water Wells
- Water Wells & Systems Forms
- Cross Connection Info
- Water Wells & Small Water System Info
- Drinking Water Treatment & Distribution System Operators
- Disinfection Procedures for a Contaminated Well
- Water Safety Links
- Swimming Pools
- Pool Program Forms
- Safe Pool & Spa Practices
- Swimming Pool/Spa Info
- Public Swimming Pools and Spas Related Links
- Report an Unsafe Pool
- Program Forms
- Lead Poisoning
- Housing Information
- Employee Housing
- Detention Facilities
- Bed Bugs
- California Tenant’s Rights
- Complaints Regarding a Hotel or Motel
Hazardous and Solid Waste
The Hazardous and Solid Waste Division is designed to protect the public health and the environment in the areas of hazardous material and waste surveillance and enforcement, radiological health, vector control, solid waste and infectious waste. Legal authority for these programs is provided by a variety of state and local statutes including the California Health and Safety Code and the California Code of Regulations, which designates the EHSD as the Local Enforcement Agency for the California Integrated Waste Management Board.
Certified Unified Program Agency
In 1995, the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) was developed to consolidate all County hazardous materials programs under one agency. The EHSD has been designated the lead agency in CUPA and acts as the single point of contact for issuance of permits. Under CUPA, site inspections of all hazardous materials programs (i.e., aboveground tanks and underground tanks, hazardous waste treatment, hazardous waste generators, hazardous materials management plans, etc.) are consolidated and accomplished by a single inspection.
In addition, this program also provides emergency response to chemical events to furnish substance identification; health and environmental risk assessment; air, soil, water and waste sample collection; incident mitigation and cleanup feasibility options; and on-scene coordination for state superfund incidents. The program also provides for the oversight, investigation and remediation of unauthorized releases from underground tanks.
The Solid Waste program oversees the handling, processing, and disposal of solid wastes to safeguard public health and effects on surface and ground water. Staff address issues of public nuisances; provide for the planning, monitoring, and regulation of the handling, processing and disposal of solid waste; and planning, monitoring and regulating of resource recovery operations. Staff also provide routine inspections of acute care facilities, medical laboratories and convalescent hospitals to ensure the proper handling and disposal of infectious waste. The vector program provides for the surveillance, mitigation and educational outreach regarding animals that are capable of transmitting diseases to humans, which includes involvement with seasonal plague surveillance and response to ongoing and emerging vectors.