National Public Health Week
is the perfect time to highlight the vital role Sacramento County Public Health has in helping to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle in our community. Throughout Sacramento County, Public Health works to raise awareness of critical health issues and disparities, the importance of creating healthy communities, and the prevention of chronic diseases and infectious disease outbreaks.
Looking at the issues that can threaten the health and wellbeing of our children, families and communities, Public Health provides a number of programs, services, investigation and monitoring. Public Health has four categories of services:
- Disease Control and Surveillance includes vaccinations; disease lab testing; early detection of outbreaks; investigation of infectious or communicable diseases; and tracing transmission to prevent further spread of diseases such as TB and sexually transmitted infections.
- Heath Education provides evidence-based informational resources, materials, activities, and awareness campaigns for issues such as prevention of obesity, youth lead poisoning, youth tobacco use, and mental health stigma and discrimination.
- Care Coordination & Medical Case Management provides diagnostic and treatment services for eligible medical conditions for those 0-21 years old; tuberculosis control, surveillance, treatment and follow-up for persons with active TB disease; increased access to dental services for those ages 0-20 years with Medi-Cal; and HIV care and treatment to those who are uninsured/underinsured.
- Children and Family Services provide public health nurse home visitation and additional resources for vulnerable groups for pregnancy, perinatal health, infant care, and foster children.
The work of Sacramento County’s Division of Public Health is sometimes very visible, such as hosting annual community flu clinics. More often, the work of public health is conducted behind the scenes such as the Public Health Emergency Preparedness team’s continued efforts to prepare and train for potential public health disasters, such as pandemic flu, floods, and bioterrorism.
“Public Health professionals make it their life’s work to provide the information and tools to help keep people and communities healthy. From preventing or containing disease outbreaks, like measles, to working collaboratively with other agencies to maintain water and air quality,” said Public Health Officer, Dr. Olivia Kasirye. “During National Public Health Week, I want to express my gratitude for the work being done to optimize health in Sacramento County to protect the community and share a reminder of the countless programs and services available to residents.”
In recognition of National Public Health Week, each day of the week will focus on a different public health topic that is critical to creating a healthy Sacramento as well as sharing background on Public Health and information on available programs and services. Public Health will use each topic to engage the community and spark new conversations about how the community can get involved and help create a healthier Sacramento. To join the conversation, follow the Sacramento County Facebook
and Sacramento County Public Health Twitter
Public Health Week Daily Topics
- Monday: Immunization
- Tuesday: Tobacco Education (Vaping)
- Wednesday: Child Health and Disability Prevention
- Thursday: Every Smile Counts
- Friday: Public Health Laboratory
- Saturday: HIV/STD Prevention
- Sunday: Communicable Disease Control & Epidemiology Unit
Thanks to the hard work of Public Health putting preventative health measures in place, we are able to live healthier and longer lives. Join us as we celebrate the dedicated people in Public Health who work to improve our health, well-being and quality of life every day. Learn more by viewing the Public Health Division video
and visit the Public Health Division website