Public Health Press Releases

Press Releases 2014

Animals at Santa Barbara County Animal Services are asking the public to open their homes and adopt a pet through their "All I Want for the Holidays is a Home of My Own" campaign. [ Press Release ] [ Flyer ]

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is joining with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in observing National Influenza Vaccination Week December 7 - 13, 2014. [ 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 the Lompoc Fire Station #1 on Saturday, December 6th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. [ Press Release ]

In anticipation of the approaching rainfall event, the Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services Division reminds residents about health issues associated with storm water runoff. [ 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 ]

The Public Health Department has established it's holiday schedule for 2014 [ Schedule ]

November 2014 Newsletter includes: Preparation for Ebola; Every Woman Counts; Enterovirus D-68 Update; Epidemiology Data Reports. [ Newsletter ]

An increase of parvo cases in North Santa Barbara County has Animal Services on high alert and cautioning pet owners [ Press Release ]

In an effort to protect the public during influenza season, the PHD is issuing a new Health Officer Order for an influenza vaccination program at all hospitals within Santa Barbara County, effective November 1, 2014. [ Order ] [ FAQ ]

Ozone standards exceeded in Santa Barbara County [ APCD Press Release ]

In the hot weather, you may want to find a public facility with air conditioning for your health and well being. Attached is a list of such locations in our county [ List ]

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has been planning with local healthcare providers to prepare for a person who presents with clinical signs and who has a history of travel in West Africa or contact with another person known to have Ebola. [ Press Release ] [ Ebola FAQ ]

Ebola Viral Disease; Influenza Update; Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine; Family Day & Health Fair. [ Newsletter ]

Revisions to the Animal Ordinance, Chapter 7 of the County Code, is now scheduled for a first reading at the Board of Supervisors Meeting on November 4, 2014.

The Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) Alliance is offering FREE spay/neuter services for Pit Bulls or Pit Bull mixes throughout the month of October as a part of our "Love-A-Bull, Fix-A-Bull" Campaign. The first 150 Pit Bull or Pit Bull mixes signed up to be altered will also receive a free rabies vaccination and a $10 microchip. To top it off, the RPO Alliance is also offering $20 adoption fees for Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes in our shelters. [ Press Release ]

Public Health Director Dr. Takashi Wada today announced receipt of $302,776 in Affordable Care Act funding to support additional physicians at the Santa Maria Health Care Center. [ Press Release ]

Hop into the shelter and adopt a rabbit this September. All adoptions include a free starter kit. [ Press Release ]

The City & County of Santa Barbara welcome the community to a free Family Day and Health Fair on Saturday, September 13, 2014. [ Press Release ]

Our three community animal shelters are overflowing with wonderful, adoptable companion animals deserving permanent loving homes. [ Press Release ]

Recent undercover operations in Santa Barbara County show an encouraging trend with countywide sales of tobacco products to youth declining. [ Press Release ]

Please click on link to view meeting agenda [ Agenda ]

Public Health Director Dr. Takashi Wada today announced receipt of $229,000 in Affordable Care Act funding to support the Lompoc Health Care Center's patient-centered medical home project through new construction and facility renovations. [ Press Release ]

Please click on link to view meeting agenda [ Agenda ]

Animal Services invites the public to join us at community meetings where we seek feedback on a draft Adoption Partner Program policy and draft revisions to local animal related ordinances. [ Press Release ]

"Beat the Heat" brings $20 spay or neuter surgeries to Santa Barbara County cats at select agencies during the month of September. [ Press Release ]

Health Officer asks for assistance from public due to urgent tuberculosis public health issue [ Press Release ]

Animal Services is exploring new initiatives to implement best practices in the field, add clarity and consistency to operations, and promote our goals of public safety and animal welfare. [ Click here ]

Certified Pre Owned Cat Sale is taking place this weekend, August 16 th and 17 th at your Santa Barbara County Animal Services Shelters. 0 down, 0% interest, 0 payments. [ Press Release ]

Draft revisions to the County ordinance pertaining to dangerous dogs, can be viewed by clicking here: [ Article VIII Dangerous Dogs ] [ Chapter 7 Animals & Fowl ]

Policy can be viewed by clicking here: [ Adoption Partner Program ]

Throughout Health Center Week, our Health Care Centers will hold receptions open to the community to learn more about our services [ Press Release ]

License, Vaccinate and Microchip Your Dog at Project PetSafe Licensing Clinic in Goleta at Girsh Park, August 10, 2014 [ Press Release ]

Spay or Neuter at half cost this August [ Press Release ]

An annual full siren test of the Emergency Warning and Notification System at the Venoco Ellwood Onshore Facility will take place Wednesday, July 16, 2014. [ more info ]

Each year, on June 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other national and local entities across the country celebrate National HIV Testing Day. This campaign sends the message, "Take the Test, Take Control," to those unaware of their HIV status. [ Press Release ]

Smoke and ash from Miguelito Fire may impact some areas [ Press Release ]

In effect until Saturday morning; High winds could produce elevated particle levels, with the highest levels expected in the Santa Maria area. [ Press Release ]

National Nurses Week honors nurses with the theme "Nurses Leading the Way". Santa Barbara County Public Health Department's Registered Nurses will be honored at the May 6, 2014 at the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisor's meeting. [ Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is urging caution and common sense for the unusually high temperatures predicted in the county in the next few days. [ Press Release ]

Animal Shelters celebrate "Chihuahuas de Mayo" with free spays and neuters for Chihuahuas in Santa Barbara County throughout the month of May. [ Press Release ]

In effect through the weekend; winds could produce elevated particle levels [ Press Release ]

The Public Health Department successfully assisted over 6,000 community members with their enrollment into Covered California [ Press Release ]

UCSB is sponsoring a symposium on Health Care Rights on April 18. It is free and open to the public. [ Press Release ] [ Symposium Flyer ]

Public Health responds to Norovirus on cruise ship [ Press Release ]

Community Reponds Proactively [ Press Release ]

April 7 – 13, is a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight the issues that are important to our nation. [ Press Release ]

To protect your family and your pets, Animal Services recommends simple yet important steps you can take. [ Press Release ]

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

The Public Health Department has released a Community Health Status Report to update our community on the overall status of our health. [ Press Release ]

Animal Control Officers are seeing sick raccoons, pet owners should be cautious and ensure pets are vaccinated. [ Press Release ]

Public Health Department is continuing its campaign to increase enrollment in affordable health insurance for the uninsured. [ Press Release ]

This report summarizes the findings of the Child Death Review Team for Santa Barbara County. [ Report ]

A statewide survey of tobacco retail stores shows the availability and marketing of tobacco, alcohol and food products in outlets in each county and compares these with regional and statewide results [ Press Release ]

In anticipation of the approaching rainfall event, Environmental Health Services reminds residents about health issues associated with storm water runoff. [ Press Release ]

In effect for Wednesday February 19 [ Press Release ]

The report reflects the deaths of children under 18 years of age and recommendations to prevent future deaths. [ Press Release ]

Public Health officials urge vaccinations for preteens [ Press Release ]

During February, Santa Barbara County Animal Services is hoping to help you find your perfect match [ Press Release ]

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

4th case of meningococcal disease confirmed [ click here ]


Frequently Asked Questions [ click here ]

Learn more about Health Care Reform and what it will mean to you. [ click here ]

Public Health Objectives (for Medical/Health Providers) [ Details ]

In Animal Services, making the euthanasia decisions is one of the most difficult things we do [ Click here ]

The California Department of Health Care Services has selected the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department as a recipient for a Medi-Cal Outreach and Enrollment grant in the amount of $257,976. [ Press Release ]

In effect through the weekend; elevated particle levels in several areas [ Press Release ]

Spay or Neuter Your Cat for Only $20, CatNips Program runs through February 2014 [ Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors appointed Charity Thoman, MD, MPH as the County's Health Officer [ Press Release ]

Dawn Dunn Dawn Dunn, the administrator of the Tobacco Prevention Settlement Program, provides insight about the health effects and legality of e-cigarettes. If you have questions about tobacco-related or nicotine products or need help quitting -- you can contact our office at 681-5407 or email phdtobacco@co.santa-barbara.ca.us. [ Article ]

A female resident of Santa Barbara County in her 20's has died due to complications related to influenza. This is the first influenza death reported in the County this season. [ Press Release ]

Covered California, the Health Benefits Exchange for the state, recognizes the local Public Health Department for its best practices [ Press Release ]