Health Department business

OC HEALTH GAZETTE

Date January 27, 2016

Publisher

Sally Student Student Media Corp, Limited

O.C. County Courthouse

“In 1922, the Health Department business was conducted from a small basement office – shared with the coroner and welfare director – located in the County Courthouse in Santa Ana.”

History of OC Health Care Agency By Sally Student

The Orange County Health Care Agency was formed in 1889 when the population was about 13,000. Typhoid fever was everywhere, recurrent outbreaks of diphtheria and smallpox were common, tetanus was frequent, and snakebite was often a cause of disability. Orange County also had one of the highest death rates from tuberculosis in the state. Dr. James P. Boyd, who came to Orange County in 1888, was the county’s first health officer. He took office in 1889 and served until 1911. After a few successors, and with the help of the Rockefeller Foundation, a qualified health administrator, Dr. Leland Mitchell, was obtained. He assumed his duties on December 1, 1922. The first health department staff consisted of Dr. Mitchell and a public health nurse, Miss Isabel Durgan, who served as “assistant health officer, county nurse, and dairy inspector.” This marked the beginning of full time public health services in Orange County. Health Department business was conducted from a small basement office – shared with the coroner and welfare director – located in the County Courthouse in Santa Ana. In the early 1980s, the Orange County Health Department became the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA). Currently, Orange County is composed of 798 square miles with 34 cities and has several unincorporated areas. The county is home to over 3 million people and is the sixth most populous county in the nation. Orange County is a diverse region, with no single racial/ethnic group making up a majority of the population.

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Orange County Health Care Agency 1725 W. 17th St., Santa Ana, CA 92706

 

 

OC Health Gazette page 2

“John” is a homeless citizen of Orange County, CA. Nearly 15,300 people will experience homelessness at least one night in the next year. That’s a 20% increase since last year.

Breastfeeding… How Can it Benefit You and Your Baby? The breastfeeding mother may experience less postpartum bleeding, menstrual blood loss, risk for osteoporosis and hip fracture in the post-menopausal period, earlier return to pre-pregnancy weight and decreased risks of breast and ovarian cancers. Breastfeeding significantly reduces infant risks for infections, cardiovascular disease, asthma and diabetes later in life and that exclusive breastfeeding can reduce the risk of childhood obesity. If you need help with breastfeeding contact the Orange County Health Care Agency today. http://www.ochealthinfo.com/civica x/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID= 13495

Improving the Health of O.C. Residents By Sally Student

The Orange County Health Care Agency has emphasized the importance of ensuring the homeless population has warm beds to sleep in and options for housing. During the 2015-16 fiscal year, OC HCA was involved in securing 44,032 shelter bed nights for 2,077 unduplicated homeless that are served through the Armory Emergency Shelter Program. Approximately, $206 million in funding have been secured for these vital programs in OC to date. For 2015, OC Community Resources applied for a $23 million grant to ensure programs like this continue.

Program In Need of Funding By Sally Student

Orange County benefits from numerous programs and agencies which serve the needs of older adults, which gives us the ability to meet our vision for older adults. At the Orange County Health Care Agency, we strive for older adults to have the ability to be independent physically and financially; have access to healthy food; have the ability to be physically active to the best of their ability; plan for advanced care and end of life care; become engaged in meaningful social activities’ and have access to robust social support. However, an increase in funding must be advocated for and obtained in order to ensure we can improve services for our older population in the following areas: ensuring that the medical system can meet the needs of the growing older adult population; increase awareness of available services; increase access to patient navigators; reduce gaps in care; improve coordination between service organizations; provide centralized services; reduce cost for medications, medical devices, and care; increase access to affordable housing; increase resources for transportation.

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Orange County Health Care Agency 1725 W. 17th St., Santa Ana, CA 92706

 

 

References

County of Orange, Health Care Agency, Public Health Services. (2014). ​Orange County Health Improvement

Plan 2014-16. ​ Retrieved from http://ochealthinfo.com/about/admin/pubs/OCHealthImprovementPlan

OC CEO Finance & Budget. (2016). ​OC annual budget FY 2016-17.​ Retrieved from

http://www.ocgov.com/gov/ceo/deputy/finance/budget/fy2017/oc_annual_budget_fy_2016_17

O.C. History Roundup. (2014) ​History of Public Health in Orange County.​ Retrieved from

http://ochistorical.blogspot.com/2014/01/history-of-public-health-in-orange.html

Orange County Children’s Partnership. (2016). ​The 22​ nd​ annual report on the conditions of children in Orange

County.​ Retrieved from http://www.ochealthinfo.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=58656

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