Healthy Communities

The Healthy Communities Division helps communities create social and physical environments that make the healthy choice the easy choice for everyone.

The Healthy Communities Division provides health education - a basic service of local health departments in California, mandated under Title 17 of the California Administrative Code.

The Healthy Communities Division uses all the strategies on the Spectrum of Prevention. Here are some examples of our work:
  • We provide individuals with information and tools to prevent HIV and hepatitis C
  • We offer nutrition education classes to families and teach health topics in schools
  • We offer trainings for service providers and leaders in our community so that they can be better equipped to support their clients and neighbors
  • We work with various community groups like the Safe Routes to Schools Task Force, Tobacco Education Network, Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention, the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council’s Prevention Committee and the Latino Community Providers’ Network—just to name a few
  • We work with decision makers and organizational leaders to help them develop and implement policies that promote health.
  1. North Coast AIDS Project (NorCAP)

    The North Coast AIDS Project (NorCAP) is a division of the Humboldt County Health and Human Services Public Health Branch - Health Education Division. NorCAP provides HIV education and prevention and client (case management) services.

  2. Tobacco-Free Humboldt

    Tobacco Free Humboldt (TFH) works to create a healthier Humboldt County by preventing and reducing nicotine addiction. The program works with community partners to create smoke-free environments and to increase the availability of free quit smoking resources.

  3. Family Violence Prevention Program

    The Family Violence Prevention Program uses many strategies for the prevention of violence in Humboldt County. These include trainings, community education, collaboration and referrals.

  4. Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

    The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program works with Public Health Nursing, Environmental Health, the Child Health and Disability Prevention Program, and the Public Health Laboratory to prevent, detect, and eliminate lead poisoning in children under 6 years of age.

  5. Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention

    The Alcohol and Other Drugs Prevention programs work to raise awareness about the impacts of alcohol and other drug abuse in our community and to create a healthy environment for youth and adults. We offer educational presentations to youth, adult, school and parent groups and have brochures and printed materials on alcohol and other drugs available upon request.

  6. Suicide Prevention Program

    The Suicide Prevention Program is focused on enhancing individual, family, community and workforce strengths to prevent suicide. This is done through education, outreach, training and collaboration.

  7. Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Program

    The Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Program is funded by Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act. The program utilizes trainings to service providers, decision-makers and community members who have direct contact with mental health consumers to raise awareness and reduce stigma and discrimination in the community. The program also works to amplify peer/consumer voice and participation in our community by continued facilitation of peer-centric initiatives.

  8. Water Safety Program

    The Humboldt County Water Safety program serves to reduce the number of water rescue incidents and drownings in Humboldt County through media messages and education.

  9. Physical Activity and Nutrition Program

    The mission of the Physical Activity and Nutrition Program is to create partnerships that support healthy eating, physical activity, and food security with the goal of preventing obesity and other diet related chronic diseases.

  10. Older Adult Falls Prevention

    This program works to reduce the number of falls, the risk and fear of falling, and improve functional balance and physical performance among older adults.

  11. Safe Routes to School

    Safe Routes to School is an initiative that enables schools, parents/caregivers and community leaders to encourage children to safely walk and bicycle to school through infrastructure improvements and educational programs. When more people walk and bike communities experience safer streets, a stronger sense of community, reduced traffic demands, improved air quality and greater physical fitness.