Karen Elliott, Public Health Branch Director

Karen Elliott, Public Health Branch Director

Karen Elliott has served as HHSA’s Public Health Director since September 2017. Karen oversees several public health programs and initiatives that focus on improving the health of families and communities by promoting healthy lifestyles, preventing disease, and removing environmental dangers. She leads the public health programs and operations team to improve service delivery, build strong community partnerships, and promote equal opportunities for all individuals to seek the highest level of health possible.

Karen began her career with HHSA in 2001. Over the years she has held a variety of increasingly responsible roles within the Public Health, Mental Health, and Fiscal Operations Branches. It is her goal to improve the health of individuals and the community by reducing barriers in accessing public health services.

She is a member of the San Joaquin Valley Public Health Consortium and served as its chairperson from July 2018 through June 2019.

Karen obtained her bachelor’s degree in business at California State University, Chico, and possesses a master’s degree in business administration from Fresno State.


Agency News

CWS Children's Toy Drive and You

CWS Children's Toy Drive and You

 The Annual Child Welfare Services (CWS) Toy Drive has kicked off! You can help CWS and Friends of Tulare County (FTC) ensure that every child and youth in Tulare County who receives the services of CWS and is not able to be in the family home this holiday season receives a gift. 

FTC Promotes #GivingTuesday -- A Global Generosity Movement

FTC Promotes #GivingTuesday -- A Global Generosity Movement

On this #GivingTuesday, consider supporting our Friends of Tulare County, a non-profit striving to assist our County’s underrepresented populations through charitable giving and grant funding. It accepts donations on behalf of the County that in turn provide financial support for a wide range of programs. 

Donating the Paw-fect Gift!

Donating the Paw-fect Gift!

This holiday season is a paw-fect time for those who would like to support our Tulare County Animal Services! There are needs throughout the year, but helping our staff who care and support these wonderful, adoptable pets as well as those displaced by natural emergencies is so important.  

Stockings for Seniors Drive Underway!

Stockings for Seniors Drive Underway!

Show a senior you care by donating to the Friends of Tulare County Stockings for Seniors Drive. Now underway, donated items such as beanies, gloves, lap blankets, scarves, warm socks, and other will help ensure homebound and isolated seniors are not forgotten this holiday season.