Public Health Press Releases

Press Releases 2013

Dr. Thoman's Latest Independent Article on Meningococcal Disease (12/25/2013) [ Article ]

4th case of meningococcal disease confirmed [ click here ]


Frequently Asked Questions[ click here ]

Public Health and UCSB join to respond to two cases of Meningococcal disease [ click here ]




Santa Barbara County Animal Services is offering deep discounts on adoption fees from December 14 th-24 th [ Press Release ]

Health Care Reform event with Congresswoman Capps on Saturday, December 14 [ Press Release ] [ Flyer ] [ Flyer Spanish ]

Free flu vaccination event in Lompoc, Saturday, December 7 [ Press Release ] [ Flyer ]

Public Health and UCSB have confirmed a 4th case of meningococcal disease in a UCSB undergraduate student. [ Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Medical Reserve Corps are providing free flu shots for all community members over the age of 2 at clinics in Goleta and Lompoc. [ Press Release ]

Frequently Asked Questions [ Click here ]

Public Health and UCSB join to respond to two cases of meningococcal disease [ Press Release ]

Santa Barbara County patients experienced improved outcomes [ Press Release ]

Animal Services wants to wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween. Some basic tips can help keep Halloween fun and safe for both you and your pets. [ Press Release ]

Recent undercover operations document problem with retailers selling tobacco to youth locally. [ Press Release ]

Free event will celebrate healthy, affordable, sustainable food [ Press Release ]

Environmental Health Services will be hosting a series of community meetings to introduce and discuss a Local Agency Management Program (LAMP) process, to answer questions and to receive comments. [ Press Release ]

October is designated as a time to raise awareness about SIDS [ Press Release ]

Flu season is approaching, usually starting in October and continuing through the winter months with peak activity in January and February. [ Press Release ]

In effect through the weekend; elevated particle levels possible. [ Press Release ]

In Effect in Santa Maria until Wednesday Morning; Elevated Particle Levels [ Press Release ]

California Children's Services (CCS) is celebrating Medical Therapy Program (MTP) Week from October 7 - 12, 2013. During the week at designated days and times residents can visit our medical therapy unit, learn about the services for children, and observe treatment in action. [ Press Release ] [ Flyer ]

During the month of October Animal Services is offering adoption discounts to help residents Fall in Love with a Shelter Pet. [ Click here for details ]

On Saturday, September 14, 2013, local agencies and sponsors are providing a fun community Family Day and Health Fair at Santa Barbara Junior High on the Eastside. [ Press Release ]

Spay or Neuter Your Cat for Only $20. Beat the Heat Program runs through September 2013. [ Press Release ]

Certified Pre Owned Cat Sale is taking place this weekend, August 17 th and 18 th at your Santa Barbara County Animal Services Shelters. 0 down, 0% interest, 0 payments. [ Press Release ]

License, Vaccinate and Microchip Your Dog at Project PetSafe Licensing Clinic in Goleta on Sunday, August 18, 2013. [ Press Release ]

The Public Health Department Health Care Centers celebrate National Health Center Week, August 11 – 17, 2013. [ Press Release ]

Santa Barbara County Animal Services has hundreds of kittens waiting to be adopted at its three county shelters and is offering a special adoption rate of two for the price of one for all kittens up to 6 months old. [ Press Release ]

License, Vaccinate and Microchip Your Dog at Project PetSafe Licensing Clinic in Guadalupe on Saturday, July 20, 2013. [ Press Release ]

The promotion this year resulted in the alteration of 383 Chihuahuas in Santa Barbara County [ Press Release ]

Heat can kill pets, take appropriate precautions [ Press Release ]

Please read the Press Release for simple ways to prevent health-related illness [ Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) has been recognized by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) for excellence in lactation care. [ Press Release ] [ Award Certificate ]

Effective June 24, 2013, the Public Health Department Santa Maria Health Care Center and the Santa Maria Women's Health Care Center are consolidating at the Betteravia site, 2115 Centerpointe Parkway. [ click here for more info ]

The Lompoc Animal Shelter has completed a major renovation to better serve residents and their pets.  A ribbon cutting celebration for the greatly enhanced facility is scheduled for Monday, June 24 at 3:30 pm. at the shelter, 1501 W. Central Avenue in Lompoc.  The public and media are invited to attend. [ Press Release ]

As the weather warms and summer approaches, it is a good time to think about preventing water related injuries and deaths. [ Press Release ]

Townsend Farms Organic Anti-oxidant Blend Frozen Berries sold through Costco have been linked to a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A infections [ Press Release ]


White Fire approaching containment [ Press Release ]

Smoke from White Fire may impact southern Santa Barbara County and the Santa Ynez Valley [ Press Release ]

Dr. Charity Thoman, Deputy Health Officer at the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, earned the 2013 Gerald E. Bruce Community Service Award for her contributions to the medical field and to her community. [ Press Release ]

Project PetSafe Licensing Clinic for Dogs on Saturday, May 18, 2013, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Valley Pets' 3 rd Annual Animal Festival, 225 McMurray Road in Buellton. [ Press Release ]

Residents and community partners are invited to a free forum that will address what new provisions of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act will really mean for us in Santa Barbara County. [ Press Release ] [ Forum Flyer ]

National Nurses Week honoring nurses for "Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care", begins on May 6, 2013. Santa Barbara County Public Health Department's Registered Nurses will be honored at the May 7, 2013 Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisor's meeting. [ Press Release ]

Elevated Particle and Ozone Levels in Some Areas [ Press Release ]

An annual quarantine of all sport-harvested mussel species along the California coast is now in effect according to the California Department of Public Health. [ Press Release ]

Animal Shelters in Santa Barbara County will be offering half off adoption fees for Chihuahua and Chihuahua Mixes throughout the month of May. [ Press Release ] [ Flyer ]

Beginning May 1, 2013, the Santa Barbara Psychiatric Health Facility operated by Santa Barbara County Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services will no longer permit smoking on the premises. [ Press Release ]

Santa Barbara County Animal Services is on alert after identifying five confirmed cases of distemper in Northern Santa Barbara County. Pet owners are advised to watch for symptoms and consult with their veterinarian if there are concerns. [ Press Release ]

High winds could produce elevated particle levels; this advisory is in effect through Thursday morning, April 18. [ Press Release ]

Free Spays & Neuters during the month of May, 2013. Call today to schedule an appointment. [ Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara Public Health Department Maternal, Child Adolescent Health program is partnering with the March of Dimes, the Santa Barbara County Education Office and the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute to promote high levels of care during pregnancy by providing training at the first annual "Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien" Training for Promotoras and Medical Assistants. [ Press Release ]

High winds could produce elevated particle levels [ Press Release ] [ Spanish ]

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, in collaboration with the Orfalea Foundation, is launching the Parents At Work workplace wellness initiative as part of its recognition of National Public Health Week [ Press Release ]

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released the 2013 County Health Rankings, a study that ranks the health of California counties and counties across the United States. [ Press Release ]

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

B.U.N.S. Seeking Volunteers to Help with Rabbit Care [ Press Release ]

This law opens the door for a growing movement of community-based food production in home kitchens, sometimes called "cottage food". [ Press Release ]

Pet adoptions discounted in celebration of Valentine's Day [ Press Release ]

A collaborative outreach between Santa Barbara County EMS Agency and local fire departments and ambulance agencies, several opportunities for free "hands only" CPR training for members of our community will be available on Thursday, February 14 from 11:00 - 1:00 pm at various locations throughout the County. [ Press Release ]

In preparation for kitten season, Animal Services is holding a foster parent training for North County Residents. [ Press Release ]

Spay or Neuter Your Cat for Only $20, CatNips Program runs through February 2013. [ Press Release ]

If you get sick with flu symptoms you should stay home, avoid contact with other people except to seek medical care. Always practice good hand and respiratory hygiene to avoid spreading the flu to others. [ Press Release ]

Influenza is widespread nationally, in all but 8 states and the District of Columbia. California is one of the 8 states. Takashi Wada, MD, MPH, will being making a brief presentation at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. [ Press Release ]