Public Health

Public Health

The Public Health Branch protects and promotes the health status of Tulare County residents through the development and implementation of public health and primary care programs that use best practice interventions. 

The Public Health Branch comprises the following four divisions:

  • Health Services
  • Public Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Administration

Our leadership team:

  • Director of Public Health, Karen Elliott
  • Public Health Officer, Karen Haught, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Deputy Director Public Health & Environmental Health Director, Nilsa Gonzalez
  • Deputy Director of Health Operations, Staci Chastain

The Public Health Branch provides services to residents of Tulare County, including Medi-Cal beneficiaries and indigent clients. Services are provided with the intention of protecting health, preventing disease, and promoting the health and well-being of all persons in Tulare County.

Public Health Services include:

  • Health assessments and case management
  • Primary, specialty, and preventive health care
  • Public Health laboratory services
  • Criminal Justice health services
  • Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program
  • Prenatal and perinatal wellness
  • Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Program (NEOP)
  • Immunizations
  • Chronic disease prevention and self-management
  • California Children’s Services (CCS)
  • Child Health and Disability Prevention Program (CHDP)
  • Lead Poisoning Prevention
  • Infectious disease control
  • Emergency response planning and preparedness
  • Regulation of production and shipping of milk for Tulare and Kings Counties
  • Environmental health services
  • Environmental water quality testing
  • Animal Services

 

Public Health Links
Public Health Links

This is a collection of links to external sites and to resources and information related to public health laws, regulations, services, and educational materials.

Body Art
Body Art

Permits and information regarding Body Art and Tattooing in Tulare County

California Children's Services
California Children's Services

California Children's Services program assists families when they are unable to pay for their child’s medical needs and if they have a qualifying medical condition.

CA PREP
CA PREP

The California Personal Responsibility Education Program (CA PREP) provides sexual health education to adolescents via effective, evidence-based program models. This includes instruction on abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. 

Child Health & Disability Prevention (CHDP)
Child Health & Disability Prevention (CHDP)

The Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) program provides no-cost health checkups to children and youth from low-income families.

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program works to prevent the damaging effects of lead poisoning. We can provide home visits, environmental home inspections, and nutritional assessments to families of children with severe lead poisoning.

Communicable Disease and Other Required Reporting
Communicable Disease and Other Required Reporting

Under the California Code of Regulations, Title 17 (Section 2500), public health professionals, medical providers, and others are mandated to report approximately 85 diseases or conditions to their local health department.

Community Health Assessment (CHA) & Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)
Community Health Assessment (CHA) & Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

In 2015, Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) undertook the process of conducting a comprehensive community health assessment (CHA) that would be the basis for the development of a community health improvement plan (CHIP). The CHA is intended to assess health behaviors, health outcomes and the social, economic, and environmental factors impacting health in Tulare County through the collection of data and by listening to the ideas and concerns of people and organizations from across the county.

Environmental Health
Environmental Health

The Tulare County Division of Environmental Health is a full-service division that is dedicated to protecting the health of people and the environment in Tulare County.

Every Woman Counts
Every Woman Counts

At Every Woman Counts, staff aim to detect breast and cervical cancer as early as possible, so affected women can receive timely treatment. The service is offered free of charge to women without health insurance, and those who have Medi-Cal or Medicare, at our Visalia and Farmersville Health Care Centers.

Family Planning, Access, Care & Treatment (PACT)
Family Planning, Access, Care & Treatment (PACT)

The Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment (PACT) program provides family planning services for low-income men, women, and teens. Services include education, contraceptives, and prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Food Safety
Food Safety

Environmental Health programs offer services that include making local businesses aware of the important codes and regulations that ensure a high standard of food handling.

Hazardous Materials (CUPA)
Hazardous Materials (CUPA)

The Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) consolidates under one roof the various requirements for businesses handling hazardous materials, generating or treating hazardous wastes, or operating above- or underground storage tanks.

Health Care Centers
Health Care Centers

Tulare County's Health Care Centers focus on the family's health and well-being by providing top level diagnosis, and prognosis, as well as preventative and general medicine.

HIV / AIDS / STD
HIV / AIDS / STD

The HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education program provides education to community alcohol and drug rehabilitation groups to help prevent the spread of this disease.

Household Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Waste

The Household Hazardous Waste program will help you dispose of specific hazardous items properly and safely, offering several different recycling locations and events. 

Immunizations
Immunizations

To help Tulare County parents make sure their children get all the immunizations (shots) they need and at the right ages, the Immunization Program provides vaccines to children whose parents or guardians cannot afford them.

Land Use Regulation
Land Use Regulation

The Land Use Regulation program reviews building permits and special use permit application requests.

Local Oral Health Program (LOHP)
Local Oral Health Program (LOHP)

The Local Oral Health Program's (LOHP) mission is to improve the oral health of all Californians through prevention, education, and organized community efforts.

Medical & Solid Waste Management
Medical & Solid Waste Management

The Solid Waste Management program ensures the proper storage and disposal of solid waste.

Nutrition Education & Obesity Prevention (NEOP)
Nutrition Education & Obesity Prevention (NEOP)

Tulare County's Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (NEOP) program increases access to healthy foods and provides nutrition education across the county.

Pet Adoptions and Licensing
Pet Adoptions and Licensing

The Tulare County Animal Services has many wonderful dogs and cats in need of loving homes. Special adoption events are held several times a year at convenient locations throughout the county, making adoption easy and accessible. Or, just visit our Animal Care & Adoptions facility to choose your pet.

Pet & Animal Protection
Pet & Animal Protection

Tulare County Animal Services is responsible for the welfare and safety of animals in the unincorporated areas of Tulare County.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)
Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)

PHEP plays a vital role in emergency preparedness. The program focuses on preparing for and responding to events that pose a substantial risk to the health of the county’s residents, including public health threats and other emergencies.

Tobacco Awareness and Education
Tobacco Awareness and Education

The Tobacco Awareness and Education Project provides residents with tobacco cessation resources and works to prohibit the sale of tobacco to minors, reduce secondhand smoke exposure in multi-unit housing complexes, and increase retailers’ compliance rate with tobacco laws.

Tulare County Medical Services (TCMS)
Tulare County Medical Services (TCMS)

The TCMS program helps pay for medical care for Tulare County residents with low income who are uninsured, do not qualify for the Medi-Cal program, and are unable to pay their medical expenses on their own.

Vital Statistics
Vital Statistics

The Office of Vital Records is responsible for registering all of the births and deaths that take place in Tulare County. Only authorized persons may receive certified copies of birth and death certificates.

Water Safety
Water Safety

To ensure that the county’s water supply is safe, HHSA conducts routine inspections, sampling, and evaluations of public water systems.

Well Drilling
Well Drilling

Under the authority of the Health Officer, staff from Environmental Health can assist to ensure accuracy and timeliness of permits processed for the unincorporated areas of Tulare County.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

WIC is designed to help pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well and stay healthy. WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to health care and social services.