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Sutter County Public Health Branch


Coronavirus Update for the Yuba-Sutter Area

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Leah Northrop - Branch Director Public Health

Leah Northrop - Branch Director Public Health

Leah Northrop began her career in government service with the California State Auditor, conducting program evaluations, compliance audits and fraud investigations. Her time with the State Auditor was followed by various positions at different state agencies, including policy analysis, legislation and grants administration. Prior to coming to Sutter County in 2018, she coordinated department-wide initiatives and served as the Executive Director for the California Conference of Local Health Officers at the California Department of Public Health. Her broad experience in government service has prepared Leah for her role as Public Health Branch Director for Sutter County.

Leah has Masters degrees in Public Administration and International Studies from the University of Washington, and Bachelor’s degrees from UC San Diego.

Reproductive Health


In an effort to prevent unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, our population needs access to adequate reproductive health services. Finding coverage for or locating access to these services can be difficult. Please review the resources provided on our Reproductive Health page.

Holding Hands Shaped as a Heart

Safe Sleep for Your Baby


Safe Sleep for Your Baby In the United States, approximately 3500 infants die annually from sleep-related infant deaths, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation and strangulation. SIDS is the sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene and review of the clinical history of the family and infant. View the full article below.

State Public Health Officer Urges Travelers to Protect Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases


SACRAMENTO - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith is urging Californians to protect themselves against mosquito bites if traveling to Mexico or Latin America, where there have been increased reports of the mosquito-borne diseases chikungunya and dengue. Travelers should also be aware that there is currently transmission of dengue on the Big Island in Hawaii, and precautions against mosquito bites are advised; there are no reports of dengue transmission on the other Hawaiian islands.

“We want all Californians to be extra careful when traveling to these regions and take steps to avoid mosquito bites,” Dr. Smith said. “The mosquitoes that transmit chikungunya and dengue are aggressive daytime biters.”

Chikungunya is a viral disease characterized by acute onset of fever and severe joint pain. Dengue, another viral disease, is characterized by high fever, severe headache, muscle and joint pain, rash, and in severe cases bleeding manifestations. For both, treatment is supportive, the disease is not contagious person to person, and there is no vaccine.

A Portrait of Sutter County: 2015 Children's Health Report

A Portrait of Sutter County: 2015 Children's Health Report was released today by Sutter County Public Health. The report summarizes how well Sutter County's children and families are doing on key indicators that are predictors of health and well-being. The report identifies positive trends in reducing rates of child abuse and neglect, decreasing high school dropout rates and juvenile arrest rates and also identifies areas in need of improvement. The Children's Health Report does not make recommendations but instead is intended to encourage policy makers, community members, health care providers and others to use the information to consider creative solutions to help children grow and develop in healthy ways.

Children's Health - Sutter County CHDP

The Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) program provides access to complete health assessments and services for low income children and youth in California. Periodic, comprehensive health assessments are important for the early detection and prevention of disease and disabilities. CHeck out the link below to view our quarterly newsletter for information in the Sutter County CHDP Program and other ideas for healthy children and families.

Prevent Animal Bites! Report Animal Bites!

In Sutter County, more than 400 animal bites are reported every year. Animal bites can cause very serious injuries and may require costly treatment to prevent rabies. Half of the animal bites in the United States are to children. Most bites are preventable. It is important to know how to prevent animal bites and to teach children how to be safe around animals.

California law requires that all animal bites be reported. Report bites in Sutter County to: (530) 822-7375

For more information:

Safely Surrendered Baby Law

If you are in a situation where you believe there is no way you can care for your baby, now there’s a way to safely surrender your baby. California law permits the parent or person with legal custody to safely and confidentially surrender a baby within three days of birth.

The law requires that the baby be taken to a county designated site such as a hospital displaying this logo.

Safely Surrender Your Baby

Designated Safe Surrender Site for Sutter County:
  • Rideout Emergency Department,
    726 4th Street, Marysville, CA 95901

For more information, please visit:

Or call: Toll free 1-800-371-3177
Toll free access provided by Sutter County Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program

Shaken Baby Syndrome


Shaken Baby & Shaken-Impact Syndrome are serious and often fatal forms of abusive head trauma. These brochures explain the damage caused and provide strategies for parents and caregivers who are frustrated with a baby's crying.

Early Prenatal Care


Medical care in the first three months of pregnancy plays an important part in having a healthy baby. These brochures explain why and contain information about accessing pregnancy-related Medi-Cal insurance and finding a prenatal provider.

Emergency Preparedness

Public Health Emergency Preparedness is a combined effort to enable emergency responders from federal, state, and local agencies to work together more effectively and efficiently to manage incidents no matter what the cause, size, or complexity. Emergency preparedness program involves planning, training, and collaborating with local health agencies and preparing community members respond to public health emergencies of natural and manmade disasters, emergencies, and terrorism events that impact the public's health.

Emergencies Happen!
Ready Sutter: You can do this! Collect these nine essential items to help you shelter-in-place in the event of an emergency.
Protect Against Wildfire Smoke
Wildfire Smoke
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Public Health Laboratory Services

Sutter County Public Health (SCPH) provides access to the specialized testing of public health laboratories in partnership with local health care providers and public services for the residents of Sutter County. Testing services include animal rabies testing, human diagnostic testing, and information about other testing services available to the community. The information generated by this testing is provided to the person’s healthcare provider to assist in diagnosis and treatment and, under certain circumstances, information may be shared confidentially with to other agencies as required by law and/or for the purpose of monitoring and limiting infectious disease outbreaks and environmental threats to the public's health. For more information please visit the Public Health Laboratory Services web page:

Health Education and Promotion
Health Education and Promotion Unit plays a key role in addressing serious health issues responsive to evidence-based health education interventions, and takes the lead in managing and evaluating programs whose focus is behavior change, community education, community empowerment, professional education and training, and/or institutional or public policy change. The unit's current programs include: tobacco control, childhood lead poisoning prevention, emergency preparedness, risk communication, media relations, injury prevention, chronic disease prevention/management and employee wellness.
For further information regarding Health Education and Promotion, call: (530) 822-7215.

Public Health Nursing
Public Health Nursing is a specialty that focuses improving population health by emphasizing prevention and attending to the multiple determinants of health. Services include limited immunizations, TB testing, communicable disease prevention and control, Child Health and Disability Prevention Program (CHDP), California Children’s Services (CCS), Jail Medical, and Maternal Child Adolescent Health.

For further information regarding these services call: (530) 822-7215 or the toll-free line (800) 371-3177*
*Toll-free access provided by Sutter County Maternal Child Adolescent Health Program.

For California Children's Services (CCS) direct number, please call: 822-5987.

Women's, Infant, Children Supplemental Food Program (WIC)
WIC provides nutritional counseling and education to eligible clients in addition to provision of supplemental food coupons for specific food items.
For further information regarding services call: (530) 822-7224 or visit the WIC website


Vital Statistics
The Health Division holds only current year and prior year Birth and Death Certificates for all births and deaths occurring in Sutter County. For all other years, Birth and Death Certificates and by-mail requests for certified copies please contact the Sutter County Clerk-Recorder’s Office at 530-822-7134 or visit the Clerk-Recorder's website.

Because of the increased occurrence of identity theft, new laws were passed to protect birth and death records from misuse. The steps necessary to obtain Birth or Death Certificates have changed significantly. View detailed information on the new procedures and requirements for Birth and Death Certificate Requests .

Fees for Certified Copies
Birth Certificates $25.00
Death Certificates $21.00
Fetal Death Certificates $18.00
Burial Permits $12.00
  • Check or Cash ONLY and NO bills larger than $20 are accepted methods of payment

For all other information regarding Vital Statistics please call 530-822-7215

Office Hours


Contact Information

Branch Director Public Health:
Leah Northrop, MPA
Health Officer:
Phuong Luu, MD, MHS, FACP
1445 Veterans Memorial Circle
Yuba City, CA  95993
Phone Number:
(530) 822-7215
Fax Number:
(530) 822-7223