Public Health Branch Leadership

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. Services are provided with the intention of protecting health, preventing disease, and promoting the health and well-being of all persons in Tulare County.

Karen Elliott
Karen Elliott

Public Health Director, Public Health Branch

Dr. Karen Haught
Dr. Karen Haught

Public Health Officer, Public Health Branch

Staci Chastain
Staci Chastain

Deputy Director of Public Health Operations, Public Health Branch

Nilsa Gonzalez
Nilsa Gonzalez

Deputy Director of Environmental Health, Public Health Branch

Cecilia Herrera
Cecilia Herrera

Public Health Division Manager, Public Health Branch


Agency News

2020 Walk with a Doc Program

2020 Walk with a Doc Program

Walk with a Doc is a free community outreach program, which strives to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages. Each month a different health topic will be covered.  

New Year Pet Resolutions

New Year Pet Resolutions

The start of a new year is a time to set goals to improve your life for the year ahead. It’s also an opportunity for you and your pet to bond, develop healthier habits, and discover new ways to live a full life. 

Older Adults and the Holiday Blues

Older Adults and the Holiday Blues

With the holidays rapidly approaching and the well-documented prevalence of the “Holiday Blues” among older people in mind, I'd like to share some practical guidelines to minimize the possibility of succumbing to holiday-inspired depression. 

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.