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Sutter County Public Health Division
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, was 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.
Fact Sheets
Youth at Mahal Plaza Awarded Grant
Youth living at Mahal Plaza, a farmworker housing rental complex located in Yuba City, have been taking initiative to increase opportunities to get more physically active. Since Mahal Plaza is near busy streets with few sidewalks and there are no parks within walking distance, the youth decided to apply for a grant through the Yuba City Youth Commission with assistance from health educators from Sutter County Public Health. They were awarded the funds, which have been used to purchase a variety of recreational equipment from local vendors such as jump ropes, basketballs and volleyballs. The youth have devised a lending system for the equipment that will be housed in the community room.

Wednesday April 16, 2014 from 2 pm to 4 pm, the youth are hosting a "Celebrate Activity" fair at Mahal Plaza. Residents will learn how to use the recreational equipment and the lending system.
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: . 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!
West Nile Virus
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 around animals.

California law requires that all animal bites be reported. Report bites in Sutter County to: (530) 822-7375

For more information:
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.
What Are We Drinking?
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 2013 - 2014
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.
  • 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

Vaccine Information:

Screening and Consent Forms:
Immunization Clinic
Where: 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!
When: 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)
  Printable Flyer 

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.

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

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 recibiendo 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 sin seguro médico o con seguro médico que no cubre el costo de las vacunas podrán seguir recibiendo vacunas a bajo costo.
New Rule Shots Before School
New Rule Shots Before School California enacted a law in 2012 that requires every incoming 7th grader to have had a Tdap immunization or have an exemption signed by the parent. Beginning in January 2014, a new law, AB 2109, will take effect that requires any parent seeking exemption(s) to school vaccine requirements to see a medical provider to discuss the benefits and risks of vaccinating their child before an exemption will be granted.

For additional information see:
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).
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.

Safely Surrender Your Baby

Designated Safe Surrender Sites for Sutter County:
  • Fremont Medical Center Outpatient Department,
    970 Plumas Street, Yuba City
  • Rideout Emergency Department,
    726 4th Street, Marysville

For more information, please visit:

Or call: Toll free 1-800-371-3177
Toll free access provided by Sutter County Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program
Emergency Preparedness
Public Health Emergency Preparedness is a combined effort to enable emergency responders from federal, state, and local agencies to work together more effectively and efficiently to manage incidents no matter what the cause, size, or complexity. Emergency preparedness program involves planning, training, and collaborating with local health agencies and preparing community members respond to public health emergencies of natural and manmade disasters, emergencies, and terrorism events that impact the public's health.

Emergencies Happen!
Ready Sutter: You can do this! Collect these nine essential items to help you shelter-in-place in the event of an emergency. General links:
Skin and Staph Infections
Skin and Staph Infections Staphylococcus aureus (staph) are bacteria that many healthy people carry on their skin or in their nose. Staph can sometimes cause serious infections like pneumonia, blood, or joint infections, and deep skin infections.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph that is 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 MRSA.
Public Health Information Brochures

Shaken Baby Syndrome
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. Early Prenatal Care
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.

Child Development Behavioral Specialist
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
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.

Public Health Laboratory
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.

Public Health Nursing
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

Safe Sleep for Your Baby
Safety Tips for Infants

Teen Pregnancy Education
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.

Tobacco Control Program
This section of the website is brought to you by the Tobacco Control Program of the Sutter County Health Education and Promotion unit.

Women's, Infant, Children Supplemental Food Program (WIC)
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.

Contact Information
Assistant Director of Human Services: Amerjit Bhattal
Health Officer: Dr. Lou Anne Cummings
Address: 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle
Yuba City, CA  95993
Phone Number: (530) 822-7215
Fax Number: (530) 822-7223
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