Public Health Department (PHD)


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 ]

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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 ]