|About Solano Public Health
At Solano Public Health, we know that health is all about people, where they live, learn, work, and play. From our staff to our clients, we provide people with the tools they need to maintain and improve their health. The services we provide are incredibly diverse and include such activities as conducting public health nurse home visits for moms and babies, providing medical care in our clinics, investigating disease outbreaks, advancing local ordinances to protect residents’ health, and planning and preparing for public health emergencies.
Our focus is on providing the highest quality public health services and medical care. We have many partners in the county because we cannot do this important work alone. We depend on our relationships with community based organizations, hospitals, the media, and other county departments to ensure the wellness of every resident of Solano County. This is especially important when we look at health disparities. It is only by working together with the community and our partners that we will eliminate health disparities in our increasingly diverse county.
You will not find a more committed group of people than public health workers. It takes a special kind of dedication to enter the public health field. The public health staff has deep roots in the community and understands the needs of the people we serve. Our passion is promoting healthy, livable communities and healthy lifestyles. As a result, we care for individuals and the community with compassion and respect.
Bela T. Matyas, MD, MPH
Health Officer / Deputy Director
Public Health Services was founded in 1872 and became part of Solano County’s Health and Social Services Department in 1991.
Healthy People—Healthy Community
To optimize the health of the community through individual and population-based services which promote health and safety through prevention and treatment of disease and injury.
- Prevention is the key to community health.
- Families are healthy when quality of life, healthy development, and healthy behaviors are promoted across all life stages.
- All Individuals have the right to be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity in a culturally and linguistically appropriate way.
- Health equity is achieved, disparities eliminated, and the health of all groups is improved by influencing the social, economic, environmental and political factors that influence positive health outcomes.
- Increased access to quality client-centered medical care, public health services, and information will enhance the health and well-being of all people served.
- Partnerships and collaboration with community members and organizations are critical to achieving community health.
- The ethical practice of public health involves a commitment to excellence and continuous improvement in services and education, delivered with integrity and accountability.
Functions of Public Health
- Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems.
- Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
- Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
- Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems.
- Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
- Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
- Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.
- Assure competent public and personal health care workforce.
- Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
- Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.
Public Health Bureaus