Public Health Department (PHD)


Immunizations Should Top Back to School List

With students preparing to head back to school, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department urges parents and guardians to check the vaccine record of their children. [ Press Release ]

Several Rabbits Dumped on Rural Property

Santa Barbara County Animal Services is investigating over a dozen rabbits left outside a rural property on Figueroa Mountain Road.  Non Profit group, Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter (B.U.N.S.) is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the prosecution of the person responsible. [ Press Release

National Health Center Week

The Public Health Department Health Care Centers which provide local solutions for affordable and accessible health care are highlighted throughout National Health Center Week, August 13 - 19, 2017. The Centers will hold events during the week that are open to the community across the county, including health fairs, patient appreciation events, free health screenings and much more. [ Press Release ] 

Keeping Indoor Air As Clean As Possible During Wildfire Season

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District encourage residents to prepare to keep indoor air as clean as possible. The smoky and ashy conditions during wildfires, and the windy conditions after wildfires, pose health risks, especially for children, older adults, and people with heart or lung diseases. [ Press Release ] [ Spanish ]

Animal Services Hosts Open Houses

Santa Barbara County is hosting a series of open houses to celebrate enhancements in operations, engage the public in contributing to our important work with animals, and announce the formation of a new Animal Services Advisory Committee. [ Press Release ] [ Flyer

$80 Spay/Neuter Package Deal

"Dog Days of August," $80 Spay/Neuter Package Deal For Santa Barbara County's Responsible Pet Owners [ Press Release ]

Zika Virus

As summer approaches and mosquito season begins, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD) would like to provide an update on Zika virus disease and steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from this and other infections spread by mosquitoes. [ Press Release ]

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The Real Housecats of Santa Barbara County
The Real Housecats of Santa Barbara County are waiting at a shelter near you. Get your very own Housecat, for FREE, during the annual free cat adoption event August 12th and 13th.  [ Press Release ]
Air Quality Warning for Santa Barbara County Cancelled

Today, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District cancelled the Air Quality Warning that was in effect for the county for the Alamo and Whittier wildfires. [ Press Release ]

PETCO Foundation awards SBC Animal Services $25,000 grant
Santa Barbara County Animal Services is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to improve the care of shelter animals and help support the human animal bond in our communities. [ Press Release ]
Air Quality Warning for Santa Barbara County Re-Issued for Weekend
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District re-issued the Air Quality Warning for the county for the weekend. Containment grows for the Alamo and Whittier fires, but forecast windy conditions could create smoke and ash impacts for various parts of the county, especially in regard to potential impacts from the Whittier Fire. [ Press Release ] [ Español ]
Whittier Fire Update (as of 10am July 9, 2017)
As of 7am on July 9, 2017, an estimated 7,800 acres have burned in the Whittier Fire with 5% containment. A number of structures have been lost on both sides of Highway 154. Assessment teams will be observing and reviewing the structure losses today. [ Press Release ] [ Evacuation Area Map ]
Air Quality Watch Changed to Warning. Smoke from Alamo and Whittier fires Impacting County
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District expanded the weekend’s Air Quality Watch to an Air Quality Warning. All areas of the county have potential to be affected by smoke and ash from the Alamo Fire in Northern Santa Barbara County and the Whittier Fire in the Santa Ynez Valley. [ Press Release ] [ Español ]
Pet Safe 4th of July

Santa Barbara County Animal Services offers tips and tools to keep pets safe this 4th of July. [ Press Release ]

National HIV Testing Day - Test Your Way. Do It Today

In observance of National HIV Testing Day on June 27, 2017 the Santa Barbara County Public Health is reaching out to providers and community members to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing and early diagnosis of HIV. [ Press Release

Provider Alert- Call for Increased Vigilance for Hepatitis A Infection
Since early 2017, the Public Health Services Division in the County of San Diego has been investigating a Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) outbreak that is disproportionately affecting homeless and illicit drug users in San Diego County. [ Provider Alert ]
Summer Air Quality Concerns
In preparation for hot weather and wildfire season, it is important to be aware of health impacts from exposure to smog and wildfire smoke. Both smog and wildfire smoke can cause negative health effects, especially in children, older adults, and those with heart and/or lung conditions. [ Press Release ] [ Español ]
Staying Cool This Summer

Keeping cool when temperatures reach record highs isn't just about comfort.  Dangerously high temperatures can result in heat-related illness ranging from heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  The following tips can help you keep cool all summer. [ Press Release ]

Public Health Matters Newsletter- June 2017
Zika and Travel; Combat Infant Pertussis: Vaccinate During Each Pregnancy; Epidemiology Program Updates. [ Newsletter ]
Dog Licensing Clinic at Jack O’Connell Park in Guadalupe
License, Vaccinate and Microchip Your Dog at Project PetSafe Licensing Clinic at Jack O’Connell Park in Guadalupe on June 10, 2017 [ Press Release ] [ Spanish ]
Suspected Norovirus in County Schools

Northern Santa Barbara County schools in the Orcutt School District (specifically Alice Shaw, Joe Nightingale, Patterson Road, Pine Grove, and Ralph Dunlap Schools) and the Manzanita Charter School on Vandenberg Air Force Base are reporting numerous cases of gastro-intestinal symptoms consistent with a possible outbreak of Norovirus. [ Press Release ]

CDRT Summary Report 2015 - 16
The Child Death Review Team (CDRT) is a county-wide interagency taskforce with the purpose of preventing childhood fatalities through comprehensive and multidisciplinary assessment of child deaths. [ 2015-16 CDRT Summary Report ] [ Press Release ]
Goleta Beach Re-opened
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has re-opened previously closed areas of Goleta Beach following ocean water test results indicating that water quality meets or exceeds state health standards. [ Press Release ]
Beach Closed Due To Sewage Spill
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department issued a “BEACH CLOSED” notice today for Goleta Beach in response to a spill of untreated sewage. [ Press Release ]
FREE adoptions to Santa Barbara County!
On April 29th, all adult dog, cat, and rabbit adoptions will be waived in an effort to Clear Our Shelters! Valid at all three Santa Barbara County Animal Services Adoption Centers. [ Press Release ] [ Poster ]
Riley is returned to the Santa Maria Animal Center
Riley, a 7 month old puppy that was stolen from the Santa Maria Animal Center has been returned.  Riley was stolen from the Santa Maria Animal Center on April 13, 2017 and returned on April 19, 2017. [ Press Release ]
Dog Licensing and Spay/Neuter Clinic in New Cuyama

Santa Barbara County Animal Services is partnering with C.A.R.E. 4 Paws to bring a Licensing Clinic and FREE Spay-Neuter clinic to the residents of the Cuyama Valley. The Licensing Clinic will be held on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to noon at the New Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center.  FREE spay/neuter appointments are available to Santa Barbara County Pet owners only.  Space is limited, call today! [ Press Release ]

Community Listening Session

A free community listening session is scheduled for Friday, April 21, 2017 from 9 - 11am.  The focus of this meeting is on strategies to fund health initiatives.  The session will include a presentation on a proposed health impact fee with sugar sweetened beverages.  The community is invited to share ideas for financing projects and programs that support health improvements and hunger alleviation in our community.  The listening session is a partnership with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, Foodbank of Santa County and the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan. [ Press Release ]

Opioid Overdose Program

The Santa Barbara County Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMS), a division of the County Department of Public Health, and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office are pleased to announce a program to administer Naloxone for suspected opioid overdoses. Sheriff's Office patrol personnel are trained to know when to give Naloxone to block the effects of opioids. The goal of this initiative is to save lives associated with opiate overdoses. [ Press Release ]

Health Matters: Public Health Department Newsletter
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month; Water Safety; Early Childhood Nutrition Educational Materials; Adverse Childhood Events (ACE) [ Newsletter ]
World TB Day
World TB Day is a time to recognize achievements in tuberculosis (TB) prevention and control, and renew our commitment to ending this devastating disease in our community.  Each year Santa Barbara County acknowledges March 24th, World TB Day as a means to raise awareness about TB disease and how it can be prevented.  On March 21, 2017, Supervisor Steve Lavagnino will present a proclamation in honor of this important date at the Board of Supervisors meeting. [ Press Release ]
Local Youth are Bombarded by Kid-Friendly Tobacco and Alcohol Products
Throughout California, results were released from a scientific survey on tobacco, alcohol, and nutrition in California stores. This survey was the largest of its kind. In Santa Barbara County, there were concerning findings including an alarming spike in the availability of electronic cigarettes. [ Press Release ] [ Spanish ]

Dog Licensing Clinic at Goleta Valley Community Center

License, Vaccinate and Microchip Your Dog at Project PetSafe Licensing Clinic at Goleta Valley Community Center on Saturday, February 25, 2017. [ Press Release ]

February 2017 Health Matters Newsletter
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders; Cardiac Arrest Management Plan; Influenza Season Update; Epidemiology Program Updates. [ Newsletter ]
Every Woman Counts Expands Eligibility
The state of California’s cancer detection program, Every Woman Counts (EWC), has served low income uninsured women since 1996. Assembly Bill (AB) 1795, which took effect on January 1, 2017, changed EWC’s eligibility policy to include breast cancer diagnostic services for symptomatic women under the age of 40. [ Press Release ]
Storm Advisory

In anticipation of the approaching rainfall event, the Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services Division reminds residents about health issues associated with storm water runoff. [ Press Release ] [ Beach Status Report ]

“Cat Nips N Chips” 2017

"Cat Nips N Chips" offers Santa Barbara County Cat Owners $25 spay or neuter and a FREE microchip throughout the month of February. [ Press Release ]


A steep increase in influenza activity has been recorded in California over the past 3 weeks. Although January and February are typically the peak of influenza season, the rapid increase is unusual. An alarming increase in influenza outbreak in healthcare facilities, particularly skilled nursing facilities, has been reported. [ Press Release ]

Measles Follow-up
On December 29, 2016 a case of measles was confirmed in Santa Barbara. The only exposures the patient had in Santa Barbara took place the evening of Tuesday, December 27, 2016 as stated in a prior press release. Because of the highly contagious nature of this air-borne virus, and the fact that the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine must be given within 72 hours of exposure to prevent disease in vulnerable contacts, public health staff worked quickly. [ Press Release ]
Provider Alert: Ambulance transport process from a non-acute care healthcare facility.
In order to make the process of transporting patients for medical care efficient and safe, please provide this education to all facility staff who are responsible for patient care and initiating the transport process.  [ Provider Alert ]
Community Health Improvement Plan
The public’s health matters.  Learn more about the plan and priorities to improve the health of Santa Barbara County residents. [ Improvement Plan ]