We recognize that residents are more than mere consumers of public health services. In addition to health services, our health department is involved in a variety of community-based activities that engage residents in the planning, evaluation and implementation of health activities in their communities. Many of those services and activities are profiled on this site.
Children’s Dental Health Awareness
Just 2 minutes, 2 times a day is enough to defeat “monster mouth.” That’s one of the awareness messages being pitched by the American Dental Association during national children’s dental health month (February). Good dental health starts early. Baby teeth that start peaking out at around six months help set the stage for future adult teeth. According to the CDC, “Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the U.S. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems eating, speaking and learning.” Learn more »
Planning Spring travel? Get vaccinated for measles
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is urging Californians to make sure they are protected against measles and other dangerous diseases before they go abroad. “Measles is extremely contagious. The best way to protect yourself is with the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination, which is 97 percent effective after two doses,” remarked Dr. Gil Chavez, deputy director of the CDPH Center for Infectious Disease Prevention. Persons traveling internationally may be at high risk of getting the disease and spreading it. Visit the CDC travel website to learn more about recommended vaccinations.