Public Health Press Releases

Press Releases 2012

Santa Barbara County shelter animals make a plea for a new home this holiday season. Pets will be appealing to the public and Santa to grant their wish. [  Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services Division issued a stormwater runoff advisory today, in response to rain received and anticipation of additional upcoming rains. [  Press Release ]

Animal Services is seeking suitable placement for feral cats. Barns, warehouses, vineyards, and other large properties are ideal. Training and support are provided. [  Press Release ]

Parvovirus is a deadly illness that can affect puppies and unvaccinated dogs of any age.  Santa Maria has seen a significant increase in cases this month. [  Press Release ]

The two-day event provides a successful model for connecting homeless clients with essential services and programs. [  Press Release ]

Santa Barbara County Animals Services has a two pronged approach to protect the public from animal bites and dangerous dogs. [  Press Release ]

October is designated as a time to raise awareness about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). [  Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District today issued an Air Quality Watch for Southern and Central Santa Barbara County to be in effect until Thursday morning. [ Press Release ]

Free Event Will Showcase Healthy, Affordable, Sustainable Food [ Press Release ]

Fall in love with a shelter dog this October and enjoy adoption discounts. The fall collection of dogs is on display now! [  Press Release ]

The California State Association of Counties selected the Santa Barbara County program "Promoting Pet Ownership: Chihuahuas de Mayo" for a Merit Award. [  Press Release ]

A joint effort between Visiting Nurse Hospice Care, American Red Cross, and Medical Reserve Corps of Santa Barbara County will provide a unique nursing skills assessment to better prepare our community to respond to disasters by fostering collaboration between agencies. [  Press Release ]

The "Beat the Heat" Program runs through September 2012. [  Press Release ]

The results of annual undercover tobacco buy operations are revealed and compared to recently released state rates. [  Press Release ]

Please see simple ways to prevent heat-related illness. [  Press Release ]

You are invited to join Animal Services at the Certified Pre-Owned Free Cat Adoption Event August 18th and 19th at the Santa Maria Animal Shelter. [  Press Release ]

With the start of the school year just a few weeks away, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is urging parents to make sure their child's immunizations are up to date. [  Press Release ]

In an effort to promote the variety of dogs at our Lompoc Shelter we will be holding three Summer Saturday Shelter Spectaculars at our Santa Barbara Animal Services Shelter. Please help us spread the word and help these highly adoptable dogs find homes. [ Press Release ]

The Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act will increase the rate of the insured and improve access for residents to obtain health care in Santa Barbara County.  The County has estimated some specific impacts to local residents and initiated steps to prepare for the full implementation of the Act in 2014. [  Press Release ]

License, Vaccinate and Microchip Your Dog at Project PetSafe Licensing Clinic in Goleta on Saturday, June 23, 2012. [  Press Release ]

License, Vaccinate and Microchip Your Dog at Project PetSafe Licensing Clinic in Goleta on Saturday, June 23, 2012. [  Press Release ]

License, Vaccinate and Microchip Your Dog at Project PetSafe Licensing Clinic in Goleta on Saturday, June 23, 2012. [  Press Release ]

Santa Barbara County Animal Services is calling on the community to help save lives of baby kittens. [  Press Release ]

Emergency Medical Services agencies will offer free "hands only" CPR training for members of our community on Thursday, June 7 from 11:00 – 1:00 pm at various locations throughout the County. [  Press Release ]

Santa Barbara County Animal Services' Santa Maria Animal Center will be offering discounted adoption fees and free microchips for cats adopted on Saturdays throughout the month of June. [  Press Release ]

Santa Barbara County Animal Services is seeking permanent homes for hundreds of birds, including roosters, hens, turkeys, turkens, pigeons and more. [  Press Release ]

High Winds and Elevated Particle Levels Expected for Northern Santa Barbara County [  Press Release ] [  Spanish ]

High Winds Expected to Produce Elevated Particle Levels [  Press Release ] [  Spanish ]

License, Vaccinate and Microchip Your Dog at Project PetSafe Licensing Clinic in Buellton on Saturday, May 19, 2012. [  Press Release ]

Santa Barbara County Animal Services is seeking foster homes for orphaned kittens in Northern Santa Barbara County. [  Press Release ]   

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued an annual quarantine of all sport-harvested mussel species along the California coast beginning on May 1, 2012. [ press release]

Santa Barbara County Animal Services offers 50% off all formal ready black or black and white animals. [ release]

One-Day Conference for Health Educators, Medical Providers, and Others Who Promote Health Friday, May 11, 2012, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Santa Barbara County Public Health Auditorium. Pre-registration required ( registration form).  Call Scott McCann at 681-5270 for more information

In celebration of "Chihuahuas de Mayo" Santa Barbara County owners of Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes will be able to get their dogs spayed or neutered for free during the month of May, 2012.  Santa Barbara County's major animal shelters are also offering half off adoption fees for Chihuahuas and mixes as part of the Whole Enchihuahua program [  Press Release ]

Santa Barbara County Animal Services is looking for placements for working cats. [  Press Release ]

On April 3, 2012, Health Rankings for all counties in the United States were released. These rankings compare counties by state on a variety of health measures. In 2012, 56 of California's 58 counties were ranked. [  Press Release ]

April is also National County Government month and this year the theme isHealthy Counties/Healthy FamiliesPress Release ]

April 2-8 is National Public Health Week. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department offers the following [  health resources ]. For more information about Public Health see the [  Public Health Facts ] sheet.

This report reviews homeless deaths from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2010. [ Report]

Each year Santa Barbara County recognizes March 24th, World TB Day, as a day to raise awareness of tuberculosis disease in our community and world-wide. [  Press Release ]

"CatNips" Successfully Spays and Neuters More than 200 Cats [  Press Release ]

On March 21, 2012, the Emergency Preparedness Program will be offering a free workshop to assist LTCs in improving their facility's disaster plan.  Lompoc and Santa Barbara workshop dates TBA. [ Details ]

CMRs can now be completed and submitted online to the Santa Barbara County Disease Control Unit. Enroll Today (This is for PROVIDERS only)

As of February 28, 2012 physicians and authorized prescribers at the Santa Barbara Health Care Center are now able to send electronic prescriptions to pharmacies.  [  Click to read more ]

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is promoting Preteen Vaccine Week, February 12-18, 2012 as a statewide effort to remind families of preteens about recommended and required immunizations for 11 and 12 year olds [  Press Release ]

Between February 11 and February 18, 2012, Santa Barbara County Animal Services is discounting adoption fees in celebration of Valentine's Day. [  Press Release ]

Emergency Medical Services agencies will offer free "hands only" CPR training for members of our community on Tuesday, February 14 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at various locations throughout the County. [  Press Release ]

The SBHCC Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementation begins in February resulting in temporary schedule adjustments. [  click here for details ]

Santa Barbara County Animal Services, in a collaborative partnership with the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, is offering the $20 per cat spay/neuter surgeries through our CatNips 2012 program.  CatNips 2012 is available to Santa Barbara County residents only. [  Press Release ]

Seasonal Flu vaccine is now available throughout Santa Barbara County.  [  Click here ] to find out where to get vaccinated.