Working proactively to protect the health and safety of Sonoma County is also a responsibility of Health Services. Every day our lives are touched by programs and services operated by Health Services employees and its community partners. Health Services is here, working to protect the health of our homes, food systems, water, and environment.
Our Environmental Health and Safety programs work to ensure our beaches, water supplies, food establishments, dairies, and public pools are safe for public use. Our Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program keeps children safe from lead poisoning by providing information and services to parents, healthcare providers and the general public. Our Public Health Lab provides testing services and support for the control of communicable disease. Our Public Health Preparedness programs work to respond quickly and effectively to threats endangering the health of the public, such as disasters or emerging diseases such as H1N1 or West Nile virus. Our Safe Routes to Schools program works to create safer routes to school by addressing parents' safety concerns, encouraging greater enforcement of traffic laws, promoting walking and biking to school and public education. Our Psychiatric Emergency Services program provides 24/7 crisis intervention, stabilization, and referral services for families and adults experiencing a mental health crisis. Our Animal Services staff work to protect the health and safety of individuals and animals, providing education, sheltering, adoption and enforcement services.