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.
Bats & Rabies
Alameda County Public Health and Environmental Health, along with local Animal Control units, have responded to recent reports of dead or sick bats in the county. Bats, which are not uncommon in Alameda County, are the main carriers of rabies, a fatal viral disease. Reminder: If a sick or dead bat or skunk is found do not touch it or allow your pets to do so. If you find a dead/ill bat, call your local Animal Control and Vector Control. Any questions about human contact with bats can be directed to Public Health.
Patient Safety Awareness
Most health care professionals agree - patients can help prevent medical errors by being actively involved in their care. Research shows patients who participate in their care tend to get better results. The Joint Commission has a Speak Up™ program that spells out how consumers can be more proactive: ask questions; pay attention to your care; educate yourself about your illness; name a friend or family member to be your advocate; know your meds; pick a hospital or clinic that has been carefully checked out; and participate in all treatment decisions. Safety facts