Karen Elliott

Karen Elliott

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

Haught and Elliott Awarded For Public Health Excellence

Haught and Elliott Awarded For Public Health Excellence

HHSA is honored to announce that our very own Public Health Officer, Dr. Karen Haught, and Public Health Director, Karen M. Elliott, have been awarded the Beverlee A. Myers Award for Excellence in Public Health for 2021 by the California Department of Public Health.

Do You Know About CarePortal

Do You Know About CarePortal

In every community, there are children and families at a point of crisis, who need help. In those same communities, there are churches and people who care and want to take action. But they need a connection point. That is where the CarePortal comes in.

iPads for Seniors

iPads for Seniors

Tulare County HHSA’s Adult Services Division recently received a grant through the Suicide Prevention Task Force to purchase 93 iPads for local seniors who have been disconnected from loved ones and the community due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

2022 Walk with a Doc Program

2022 Walk with a Doc Program

Held the second Saturday of each month in Visalia, Walk with a Doc is a free community outreach program, which strives to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages. This doctor-led group is a fun and safe place to go for a walk, learn about health, and meet new friends.