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Public Health

Public Health

Promotes health and improves quality of life by preventing disease, injury and disability and by protecting against, and responding to health threats and disasters.

3,201 vaccinations were administered at 310 mass vaccination events

62,552 specimens were tested to support public health services and community medical providers in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, including 59,765 human diagnostic specimens and 2,787 water samples were tested to ensure beach water safety

1,768 families served through Nurse Family Partnership and Maternal Child Health home visitation programs with a total of 17,142 home visits made

43,592 birth certificates and 22,628 death certificates were processed and registered for calendar year 

13,354 chronically ill, physically disabled and severely ill children were provided medical assistance, therapy services, and case management services through the California Children’s Services program

4,588 emergency medical personnel were certified by Emergency Medical System

237 cases were reported and investigated by the Tuberculosis Control Program

57,500 influenza vaccines distributed with 57,434 administered (provided by EISB)

321 pregnant women assisted with getting prenatal care within 30 days of calling the Perinatal Care Network

857 pregnant women referred to a County Family Resource Center for Medi-Cal application assistance through the Perinatal Care Network

8,518 clients received 10,635 services from the STD clinics

9,513 disease investigations conducted by the Epidemiology Program

4,005 persons living with HIV disease received HIV care and treatment services through the Ryan White program

2,366 syphilis investigations were conducted

1,787 refugees received health assessments and referrals by the Refugee Health Program

177 persons living with HIV were served through the AIDS Case Management program

27,068 HIV tests were conducted, with 68 individuals being newly diagnosed with HIV

715 persons received assistance in obtaining HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) 


2018 NACo Awards:

Hepatitis A Housing Program: Preventing the Spread

Engaging Hospital Emergency Departments as Vaccinators During a Hepatitis A Outbreak

Utilizing Foot Teams: Reaching the Unreachable During a Hepatitis A Outbreak

NACCHO Promising Practice Award:

2017 - San Diego County Risk Communications Plan

2018 - Eat Well Practices

Industry-Specific Award:

2018 - Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public     Health Program

Public Health Services