Sutter County Public Health Division
Sutter County Public Health Division works to improve the health and
safety of its residents and the neighborhoods they live in.
Unfortunately, Sutter County residents are not as healthy as we could be. More and more,
we find ourselves dealing with chronic diseases, like diabetes, high blood pressure or
heart disease. This 18 minute video, Looking at Chronic Disease in Sutter County
developed to give viewers up-to-date information on the challenges we face in 2012. You
will see not only that Sutter County is not doing as well as California as a whole, but
also that there are many factors contributing to poor health. Please watch this presentation
and ask yourself, what you can do to help Create a Healthier Sutter
Children's Health - Sutter County CHDP
The Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) program provides access to complete health assessments
and services for low income children and youth in California. Periodic, comprehensive health assessments
are important for the early detection and prevention of disease and disabilities. CHeck out the link
below to view our quarterly newsletter for information in the Sutter County CHDP Program and other ideas
for healthy children and families.
Sutter County Tobacco Control Program's Video is Awarded a Medal
In August of 2013 Sutter County Public Health - Health Education Unit staff was notified by the
California Department of Public Health- Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) that their video, "Looking
at Chronic Disease in Sutter County" had been nominated for the National Public Health Information
Coalition (NPHIC) Annual Awards for Excellence in Public Health Communication. California Tobacco
Control Staff explained, "It’s a big deal and quite an honor to even be nominated for an award."
The National Public Health Information Coalition is the premier network of public health communicators
in the United States committed to "making public health public" by sharing knowledge, expertise and
resources to effectively communicate about the important health issues.
Health Education Staff prepared a document describing the project and the production process and
submitted the video in early August 2013. There were more than 250 entries, from pamphlets to TV
commercials to other audio visual presentations like Sutter County’s, submitted to the competition.
The project was judged on the quality of script and editing, effective use of images and audio,
overall community impact and supporting docu¬mentation.
In September of 2013 Sutter County Public Health- Health Education was notified that they were selected
as a Silver Medal Winner of the prestigious 2013 NPHIC Annual Awards for Excellence in Public Health
Communication. To view the award winning video, "Looking at Chronic Disease in Sutter County" visit:
www.suttercounty.org/publichealth . This video is currently under revision; look for a new revised
version in spring of 2014.
Congratulations to Sutter County Public Health-Health Education Unit for a job well done!
Wildfire Smoke is a Health Hazard - Protect People at Risk
Smoke from wildfires is a frequent experience in Northern California that presents a known health hazard.
Wildfire smoke contains irritants and “particulate matter” (PM). Very small PM and irritants can enter
deep into the lungs and cause health problems, even in small amounts. It is important to know what to
do when wildfire smoke is in the air to reduce the exposure to wildfire smoke and the risk of adverse
effects on health.
Healthy people can be affected by wildfire smoke, but some groups are especially vulnerable to the
irritants and PM in smoke, such as people with heart or lung disease, older adults, pregnant women and
children. Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat, irritated sinuses,
headaches, stinging eyes or a runny nose. People with cardiovascular diseases, like coronary heart
disease, high blood pressure or other vascular disease, are more likely to have a heart attack or other
illness in smoky conditions. People with lung problems, like asthma or emphysema, are more likely to have
their condition aggravated. Children’s developing lungs are more vulnerable to the bad effects of smoke
and very small PM.
Here are some specific strategies to reduce risk when there is visible smoke in the air:
Stay indoors; set indoor and car air conditioning to re-circulate; avoid using a whole-house fan or a
Reduce activity, especially outdoor physical activity, during times when air quality is reduced.
Avoid adding other sources of indoor air pollution, such as tobacco smoke, heating with wood stoves,
frying or broiling foods, vacuuming, and using paints, solvents, or adhesives.
Children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with respiratory or heart conditions should be
particularly careful to avoid unnecessary exposure to smoke.
People with asthma, heart or other lung conditions should follow their healthcare plans carefully; if
your symptoms start getting worse, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Pay attention to air quality reports and the recommended protective measures for the day’s air quality
level for your health status.
To sign up for local air quality forecasts and to receive alerts by email or text when an air quality
advisory is issued, visit www.enviroflash.info.
For more information about wildfire smoke and its health effects, see
The American Lung Association fact sheet or the United States air quality index website,
The Feather River Air Quality Management District covers Sutter and Yuba Counties. Air quality reports can
give you more specific information about daily air quality levels and what protective measures are
recommended for healthy people and for people with health conditions for each air quality level. You can
see air quality reports on the Feather River Air Quality Management District (FRAQMD) website at
www.fraqmd.org or for more information you can call
FRAQMD at (530) 634-7659.
Two women who live in Sutter County have been diagnosed with the neuroinvasive type of
West Nile virus (WNV) illness. These are the first reported cases of human West Nile
virus in Sutter County for 2013. One is recovering at home and the other is hospitalized.
The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District has been testing collections of
mosquitoes for West Nile virus and has been finding positive tests in mosquitoes
from around the county since June 10th. Twelve WNV positive dead birds in Sutter
County have been reported to the California Department of Public Health so far this
year. The District is increasing mosquito control as the level of WNV activity in
the County increases. An important way that the public can help track WNV activity
is by reporting dead birds to the California West Nile Virus hotline at
1-877-968-2473 or online at
As the summer progresses into late fall, the risk for infection for humans, horses and
other mammals increases. The key to prevention of infection in humans with WNV is
prevention of mosquito bites. It is very important to make sure to take the simple
precautions that reduce the risk of mosquito bites. The 6 "D"s is an easy
way to remember how to prevent mosquito bites:
D – DEET – use DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. These are the EPA approved mosquito repellents to prevent bites; be sure to follow package instructions for age of person and how to apply
D – Dress to cover arms and legs
D – Dawn and Dusk – avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active
D – Doors and windows – make sure that the screens on your doors and windows are not broken or torn
D – Drain all standing water around the outside of your house to reduce numbers of mosquitoes around you – some common places are gutters, jar lids, tires, flower pot trays
D – District – let the Mosquito Control District know about any standing water, such as neglected swimming pools or ditches.
Most people who become infected with WNV will not develop any symptoms, but approximately one in five
people who are infected with WNV will develop symptoms, such as fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain,
vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Symptoms typically develop from 3 to 14 days after being bitten by an
infected mosquito. Less than one percent of infected people will develop a serious neurologic illness
such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain and surrounding tissues) and it can be fatal.
The State of California West Nile virus webpage has information about WNV activity around the
state by county, how to report dead birds, and how to protect against WNV. See
For more information about the work that the Sutter County Mosquito and Vector Control District
is doing to reduce numbers of mosquitoes, go to
Prevent Animal Bites! Report Animal Bites!
In Sutter County, more than 400 animal bites are reported every year. Animal bites
can cause very serious injuries and may require costly treatment to prevent rabies. Half
of the animal bites in the United States are to children. Most bites are preventable. It
is important to know how to prevent animal bites and to teach children how to be safe
California law requires that all animal bites be reported. Report bites in Sutter County to: (530) 822-7375
For more information:
Taking Action for a Healthier Community
On April 2, 2013 over 90 community leaders and youth came together to participate in a
forum "Taking Action for a Healthier Community." The forum was designed to offer attendees information
regarding local chronic disease rates, environmental factors contributing to local health challenges, and
to begin a conversation about solutions. Click the link below to view the possible solutions discussed at
Big Changes in Children's Healthcare
This month, Healthy Families begins its transition to Medi-Cal. In preparation for the 2014 federal healthcare overhaul, many children will now be covered under Medi-Cal, which provides medical, dental, mental health, alcohol and drug treatment to low-income Californians. Medi-Cal now covers newly enrolling children up to age 19 with family income up to 250% of the federal poverty level (a family of four could have an annual income of $57,627). Some families will still pay a monthly premium. Children enrolled in Healthy Families before Jan. 1, 2013, will be transitioned to Medi-Cal in September 2013.
In 2010, 64% of Sutter County adults were overweight or obese (the definition of
obese is VERY overweight). Two-thirds of adults weigh too much! Just look around, we
have a major problem and it hasn’t gotten any better now that we are mid-way through
2012! Even one-third of our children are overweight or obese! The current generation may
be the first in U.S. history to have a shorter life span than those that come before them
due to chronic illnesses associated with being overweight or obese. As a society, we
have become disconnected from where our food comes from and what is in it. The topics
are limitless when it comes to food and the role it plays in our health whether
detrimental or beneficial. Many factors such as heredity, environment and lifestyle
have to be taken into consideration when thinking about the reasons why weight has
become such an issue. No matter what factors are causing our problem the fact is
chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease are directly
linked to weighing too much. Even so, let's start simple. The information here
focuses on only one topic: sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs).
Flu vaccine remains the single most effective way to prevent the flu and it is very important
to get your flu vaccine in addition to washing your hands, covering your cough and staying
home when you are sick.
Screening and Consent Forms:
- Injectable flu vaccine is available for infants 6 months and older;
- Intranasal FluMist spray is available for all healthy people 2-49 years of age;
- Wear clothing that quickly bares the upper arm near the shoulder in case an injection is needed;
- Vaccine information and the screening and consent forms are available below and may be completed beforehand and brought with you to the clinic;
- Flu vaccine will not be offered at the normal Immunization Clinic until after the Drive-Through Clinic is held on October 26, 2013 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon at
Riverbend Elementary School, 301 Stewart Road, Yuba City.
- Flu vaccine will then be available during the normal Immunization Clinic hours shown below only, on a first come, first serve basis, until supplies are exhausted.
- $5.00 donation accepted
||Sutter County Public Health
||1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City
Walk-in Immunization Clinic
No appointment necessary
Must bring your child's yellow shot record!
||Mondays - 1-4 pm
||Wednesdays - 1-4 pm
Fridays - 8-11 am
Please see clerk in room 3 to sign in during these hours
Tuberculosis skin tests available
Limited vaccines available for Adults
(Call 822-7215 for information)
IMPORTANT NOTICE: New regulations apply to government-supplied vaccines beginning
10/1/2012. Please see the following information from the California Department of Public Health:
As of October 1, 2012
Free Immunizations: Qualified children-newborn through 5 years of age; Sutter County Residents Only
Provided through a grant from
Sutter County Children & Families Commission
in collaboration with Sutter County Public Health.
Adults and children with private insurance that pays for
vaccines will no longer
be able to receive low-cost
vaccinations at health departments. Fully insured
individuals should visit their doctor to get vaccinated.
Only adults and children without
health insurance or
with health insurance that does not
cover the cost of
vaccines will continue to receive low-cost vaccinations.
Empezando el 1 de octubre de 2012
Los adultos y niños con seguro médico que cubre el
costo de las vacunas no podrán seguir
vacunas a bajo costo en los departamentos de salud.
Las personas con seguro médico completo deben ver
al doctor para vacunarse. Solamente los adultos y niños
seguro médico o con seguro médico que no
el costo de las vacunas podrán seguir recibiendo
vacunas a bajo costo.
Confidential Morbidity Report (CMR)
State and federal regulations require that healthcare providers and clinical laboratories report specific
health conditions to the local health department to protect the health of the community. These reports
are confidential and the information carefully protected as required by law.
CDPH 110 A -
This form is for reporting all conditions except Tuberculosis and conditions reportable to DMV.
CDPH 110 B -
This form is only for reporting Tuberculosis.
CDPH 110 C -
This form is for reporting lapses of consciousness or control, Alzheimer's disease or other
conditions which may impair the ability to operate a motor vehicle safely – all conditions
reportable to DMV (pursuant to H&S 103900).
American Lung Association Report Card: Local Tobacco Control Grade
Sutter County – The American Lung Association (ALA) in California released its annual
local control grades for all 480 cities and unincorporated areas of California’s 58
counties in January 2011. Local grades are awarded in three categories: smokefree
outdoor air, smokefree housing and reducing sales of tobacco products. These three
grades are averaged for one overall local tobacco control grade.
Sutter County received an overall grade of “F”. Some points were awarded for the City
of Yuba City prohibiting smoking in parks or other recreation areas, allowing the
incorporated city to receive a grade “D” in the smokefree outdoor air category.
New Rule Shots Before School
New California law for 2012 requires every incoming 7th grader to have had a Tdap immunization or have an exemption signed by the parent.
For additional information see:
Safely Surrendered Baby Law
If you are in a situation where you believe there is no way you can care for your baby, now there’s a way to safely surrender your baby. California law permits the parent or person with legal custody to safely and confidentially surrender a baby within three days of birth.
The law requires that the baby be taken to a county designated site such as a hospital displaying this logo.
Fremont Medical Center Outpatient Department,
970 Plumas Street, Yuba City
Rideout Emergency Department,
726 4th Street, Marysville
For more information, please visit:http://www.babysafe.ca.gov/
Toll free 1-800-371-3177
Toll free access provided by Sutter County Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program
Bioterrorism - Disaster Preparedness
Public Health Professionals from the 13 Northern California counties in the Office of
Emergency Services Mutual Aid Region III joined together to develop a Bioterrorism /
Disaster Preparedness website
The NorCalBT.com Project was funded by a Department of Health Services, Emergency
Preparedness Office grant to enhance a regional approach to bioterrorism / disaster
preparedness and response.
Skin and Staph Infections
are bacteria that many healthy people carry
on their skin or in their nose.
can sometimes cause serious infections
like pneumonia, blood, or joint infections, and deep skin infections.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
is a type of staph
not killed by penicillin and similar antibiotics. It causes skin infections
especially among school children. Students, faculty and staff at schools
should be sensitive to the possibility of disease transmission.
The California Department of Public Health has released information to
address the concerns of the educational community in California about
Public Health Information Brochures
Shaken Baby & Shaken-Impact Syndrome are serious and often fatal forms
of abusive head trauma. These brochures explain the damage caused and provide
strategies for parents and caregivers who are frustrated with a baby's crying.
Medical care in the first three months of pregnancy plays an important part
in having a healthy baby. These brochures explain why and contain information
about accessing pregnancy-related Medi-Cal and AIM insurance.
Provides early screening and assessment, intervention and referrals for children 0-5 in Sutter
County who exhibit behavior problems to the extent that they may have difficulty successfully
entering pre-school, daycare or kindergarten. Classes on parenting, behavioral problems and
interventions, are also provided. This service is part of the Sutter County Children and
Families Commission’s Child Development Initiative. Phone 822-7215 for an appointment to
discuss your child’s needs.
Health Education and Promotion Unit plays a key role in addressing serious
health issues responsive to evidence-based health education interventions,
and takes the lead in managing and evaluating programs whose focus is behavior
change, community education, community empowerment, professional education and
training, and/or institutional or public policy change. The unit's current
programs include: tobacco control, childhood lead poisoning prevention, emergency
preparedness, risk communication, media relations, injury prevention, chronic
disease prevention/management and employee wellness.
For further information regarding Health Education and Promotion, call: (530) 822-7215.
This section provides testing of patient specimens to assist in the identification of various diseases
caused by bacteria, parasites and viral agents including Rabies. Tick identification and subsequent
testing for Lyme disease is offered through referral to a laboratory that performs this type of testing.
The Laboratory also tests potable water for bacterial levels. Tick identification, Lyme and water tests
are performed on a fee basis. The Laboratory staff is also available as a resource for consultation to
health care providers for further information regarding services call: (530) 822-7225.
This unit provides care in the prevention and control of infectious disease, health services,
assessment and education. Programs include Child Health & Disability Prevention Program
(CHDP), Maternal Child Health, AIDS, Tuberculosis Program, Lead Prevention, Immunization, Jail
Medical Care, and California Children's Services (CCS).
For further information regarding services call: (530) 822-7215.
Toll free 1-800-371-3177
Toll free access provided by Sutter County Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program
Safety Tips for InfantsWebsite
Teen pregnancy continues to be a problem nationwide. This section provides teens
and parents of teens with tips to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. This section is
brought to you by the Sutter County Public Health Maternal, Child and Adolescent
Health Program. For more information, please call 822-7215.
This section of the website is brought to you by the Tobacco Control Program of the
Sutter County Health Education and Promotion unit.
WIC provides nutritional counseling and education to eligible clients in addition to provision of
supplemental food coupons for specific food items.
For further information regarding services call: (530) 822-7224.
THIS BRANCH DOES NOT PROVIDE SERVICES REGARDING ENVIRONMENT HEALTH
ISSUES OR ANIMAL BITES. PLEASE CONTACT THE SUTTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICE AT
(530) 822-7400 FOR INFORMATION ON THESE TOPICS.
|Assistant Director of Human Services:
||Dr. Lou Anne Cummings
||1445 Veterans Memorial Circle
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