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.
2013 Youth Tobacco Purchase Survey
Recently released results of the 2013 Youth Tobacco Purchase Survey conducted by the California Dept. of Public Health (CDPH) show "illegal tobacco sales to minors at retail outlets occurred at a rate of 7.6%." This decrease comes after 2012 showed the highest rate in four years (8.7%). "We are pleased that fewer youth are being sold deadly and addictive tobacco products," remarked CDPH Director Dr. Ron Chapman. "However, there are still areas of concern..." For instance, urban retailers are illegally selling more tobacco to youth than are their suburban counterparts. See data »
Vital Registration registers home births that have occurred in Alameda County in the last year. This unit also provides permits for funeral directors who are handling or transporting deceased persons. Alameda County residents (excluding Berkeley residents) needing a hospital birth certificate, or a death certificate, should contact the Alameda County Recorder’s Office online for births or for deaths; by phone at 510 272-6362, or in person at 1106 Madison Street in Oakland. Berkeley residents should contact City of Berkeley Vital Statistics Office for birth/death certificates. Learn more »