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Local Health Departments


Local Health Departments

Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission

The SMBRC is a non-regulatory, locally based state organization whose functions are to monitor, assess, coordinate and advise the activities of state programs, as well as oversee funding that affects the beneficial uses, restoration and enhancement of Santa Monica Bay and its watersheds. The Commission membership consists of a coalition of federal, state, and local governments, environmental organizations, business and the public. SMBRC serves as a technical resource for the ICs Program.

 
 

Contacts:
Guang-yu Wang, Staff Environmental Scientist Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission
Stefanie Hada, Environmental Scientist Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission

 

Local Health Departments

Southern California Coastal Water Research Project

Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) conducts environmental research assessing the condition, and factors that affect the condition, of Southern California's coastal environment. SCCWRP develops solid scientific foundations for coastal environmental management in Southern California. SCCWRP was formed in 1969 to address the effects of discharges to the Southern California coastal environment. Since that time, the agency has become a recognized leader in coastal environmental research on the sources, fates and effects of contaminants. SCCWRP conducts studies in coastal watersheds, estuaries, wetlands, and marine waters with a focus on microbiology, water quality, fish, invertebrates, algae, ecological processes and seafood contamination.

 
 

Contacts:
Stephen B. Weisberg, Ph.D. Executive Director Southern California Coastal Water Research Project

 

Local Health Departments

Orange County Health Department

The Orange County Environmental Health’s mission is to control harmful conditions in the environment to protect public health and promote the well being of all Orange County residents, workers and visitors. Orange County Health Care Agency – Environmental Health (OCHCA-EH) oversees retail establishments with regard to management and handling of food products. OCHCA-EH conducts routine monitoring and inspections of the retail establishments in Orange County. For the ICs program, OCHA-EHD provides guidance in identifying markets and retail establishments that are likely to carry white croaker.

 
 

Contacts:
Susan Sullivan - Public Health Nurse, Orange County HCA

 

Local Health Departments

City of Long Beach Dept. of Health and Human Services
Bureau of Environmental Health

The Bureau of Environmental Health is responsible for protecting the public health by preventing diseases, unsanitary conditions, exposure to toxic substances and other environmental hazards through the enforcement of municipal, state and federal laws. Environmental Health staff monitor recreational water quality, inspect multi-unit housing, hazardous waste facilities restaurants and other food facilities. Environmental Health staff also educate Long Beach residents on the importance of a clean and healthy environment.
The Bureau of Environmental Health promotes and safeguards the quality of life in Long Beach by preventing disease and eliminating environmental hazards.

 
 

Contacts:
Monica Cardenas - City of Long Beach

 

Local Health Departments

Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
Toxics Epidemiology Program

The mission of the Toxics Epidemiology Program is to prevent and control disease associated with toxic chemical exposures in the Los Angeles County population. The program receives and investigates reports concerning toxic environmental exposures. Staff provides consultation services to other agencies and organizations regarding public health implications of specific environmental hazards. In addition, staff collaborates with other agencies in the investigation and control of hazards to public health, as well as devising protocol to handle them. Where appropriate, projects such as health assessments, community education outreach, targeted studies or other research may be conducted.

 
 

Contacts:
Janet Scully, Los Angeles County DHS