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

Staying Positive During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Staying Positive During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging us in ways we could never have imagined, from unprecedented amounts of family time to homeschooling to working remotely—or not working at all; here are some suggestions for uplifting your outlook!

COVID-19 Contact Tracing and You

COVID-19 Contact Tracing and You

Contact tracing is vital to controlling the spread of the virus. It’s extremely important that everyone cooperate with contact tracers to make sure they get all the information needed to follow up on possible transmission of the virus. 

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.