Public Authority Blog

Hepatitis A Can Be Prevented with a Vaccine

The County of San Diego, Public Health Services Division, has been investigating a local Hepatitis A outbreak. The majority of people who have contracted hepatitis A are homeless and/or illicit drug users, although some cases have been neither.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that person-to-person transmission through close contact is the primary way people get hepatitis A in the United States.

Vaccination efforts are being implemented in targeted locations by County staff and in collaboration with health care partners.

For vaccination or other hepatitis A related information and resources please contact the following:

  • County HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch—619-293-4700
  • California AIDS, STD and Hepatitis Hotline—800-367-AIDS (2437) (24 hours/day, 7 days/week)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Information Hotline—800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) (24 hours/day, 7 days/week)
  • Visit the County of San Diego website by clicking here

Preparing for Mother Nature – Emergency preparedness

The last few weeks have shown us how strong Mother Nature can be, in the forms of hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes. As a reminder, we each should create a plan for emergencies and/or evacuations- one that does not rely on first responders as the initial source of help. This is especially important for those who have special needs: oxygen dependent; wheelchair users; limited mobility; communication difficulties- and many others things not listed here. Regardless, everyone should have a plan for themselves.

For more information on how to prepare for an emergency, including making a family disaster plan, please click on this link to the County’s website, and look at the red box in the lower right corner.

Another good resource is

And don’t forget that about the County’s free app for your smart phone. It’s in the app store as SD Emergency.

Thank you for planning to ensure your own safety!

Annual C4A Conference

C4A has announced the website for the C4A 2017 Annual Meeting & Allied Conference ( is open for attendee registration. You may now visit the website, register, and pay your fee via a secured payment platform. You have the option to pay online or pay by check. If you only register on the website, send your check to: C4A, 980 Ninth Street, Suite 240, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Here is a link to the conference venue, Sheraton Gateway, Los Angeles, so that you many book your discounted hotel accommodations as well.

San Diego county IHSS providers may now submit their timesheets electronically!

This is an optional benefit that may allow you faster processing and may avoid postal mail delays. The provider and consumer must enroll in the service with separate emails in order to use this benefit. If you are an active, eligible provider, and the consumer is also active and eligible in the IHSS program, you may visit to enroll in electronic timesheets. The provider and consumer need access to the internet. However, the consumer has the option of approving the timesheets via telephone. For assistance, contact the Electronic Timesheet Service Help Desk at their toll free number (866) 376-7066, option 4. Read more about the Electronic Timesheet Service at the CDSS website by clicking here. For in-person training, contact the Public Authority customer service at (866) 351-7722 for locations and dates.