Epidemiology is the study of health and disease in communities. As a key component, the Epidemiology Unit supports the mission of the Public Health Department:
The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department improves and maintains community health by identifying health issues, preventing disease and injury, influencing policy development, and promoting health behaviors through leadership, collaborative partnerships, education, direct services, and surveillance
In San Luis Obispo County, the Epidemiology unit collects and analyzes county health data, prepares health status reports, and distributes these reports to a variety of audiences, including the public health department, other county departments, community residents and community agencies. The primary goal of these reports is to improve the health of the community. Understanding health problems in our community helps agencies assess and evaluate programs, and assign limited resources more effectively.
About the Epidemiology unit:
The Epidemiology Unit is part of Health Policy, Evaluation and Planning group, and works to support other units within the Public Health Department (PHD) as well as provide services to the public.
In addition to tracking disease trends and investigating outbreaks, the Epidemiologist conducts targeted surveillance for unusual diseases or indicators of public health threats. The Epidemiology Unit also provides services in management of geographic information systems (GIS) and statistical analysis software.
Located at 2191 Johnson Ave in San Luis Obispo, this program collaborates with many offices and programs within the Health Agency. As part of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, epidemiology garners its data from various sources: vital records, hospital discharge data, targeted surveillance, and mortality data, to name a few. Much of this data is summarized annually in publications such as the annual Health Status Report and annual HIV/AIDS report.
Epidemiology serves an important function and as a resource both to the public and Public Health Department in providing timely analysis of data and trends in the public’s health.
Epidemiology Data and Reports - For Data, Publications and Reports
San Luis Obispo County
Public Health Department
2191 Johnson Ave.
P.O. Box 1489
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406-1489
Penny Borenstein, MD, MPH
Health Officer/Public Health Director
M-F, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
After hours public health emergency or urgent communicable disease (805) 781-4553
24-Hour Information Line -Recorded Messages- (805) 788-2903