Epidemiology

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Contact 

Fresno County Department of Public Health, Community Health, Epidemiology Program                       1221 Fulton Street, Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: (559) 600-3434 Fax: (559) 600-7607

To request data or project assistance from the Fresno County Community Health Epidemiology Program please fill out the Epidemiology Program Data/Work Request Form.

Data & project requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Community Epidemiology Program

Epidemiology is “the study of the distribution and determinants of health and disease in a population”. To put it more simply, epidemiologist are “disease detectives” who use data to answer questions like: Who is getting sick? What is making them sick? Where is the problem occurring? When is the problem occurring? Why are some people more effected? How big is the health problem in our population? How can we better understand the disease? How can we prevent others from getting sick?

The Epidemiology Program is a part of the Community Health Division within the Fresno County Department of Public Health. The Epidemiology Program focuses on the health of the various populations that make up the Fresno County community. The primary aim of the Program is to use data to monitor and improve the health of the local community. Community Health Epidemiologists in collaboration with other Department of Public Health programs, participate in disease surveillance and health data collection; disease investigation; data analysis, assessment, and management; and health communication. The Program works with other units within the Department as well as providing services to other agencies and the public.

Health Reports and Data

Statistics & Reports 

Community Health Epidemiologists produce several reports on disease statistics. To access these reports please click here. All data listed is considered provisional.

Public Data

Fresno County Community Health Dashboard

This dashboard contains data and statistics related to access to health services, cancer, crime, demographics, diabetes, disabilities, education, environment, family planning, heart disease, immunizations, infectious diseases, maternal & infant health, mental health, oral health, respiratory diseases, other chronic diseases, substance abuse, transportation safety, wellness, and more.

Health Priorities Index map

The Health Priority Index (HPI) compiles data from national, state, and local sources to provide a visual depiction of the level of health burden within each census tract in Fresno County.

More information about the HPI can be found at FCHIP. If you have used HPI, please take a moment to take the following brief survey: Health Priority Index Uses & Feedback Survey.

Cal-Enviro

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), on behalf of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), released Version 3.0 of the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool (CalEnviroScreen). CalEnviroScreen identifies California communities by census tract that are disproportionately burdened by, and vulnerable to, multiple sources of pollution.

Disease Reporting Requirements 

Disease reporting is the foundation of public health surveillance. The reporting of specific diseases is critical to public health and required by law. Title 17, California Code of Regulation, Section 2500 (Division 1, Chapter 4, Article 1) requires all heath care providers knowing of or in attendance on a case or suspected case of any of the mandated reportable diseases or conditions to report the case to the local health department where the patient resides. ‘Health care provider’ is defined as a physician, surgeon, veterinarian, podiatrist, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered nurse, nurse midwife, school nurse, infection control practitioner, medical examiner, or dentist.

Additionally, Section 2505 requires laboratories to report laboratory-testing results and Section 2508 requires anyone in charge of a public or private school, kindergarten, boarding school, or day nursery to report the presence or suspected presence of any of the reportable diseases to the local health department.

All reports remain confidential.

Lists of Reportable Diseases/Conditions

How to Report

Confidential Morbidity Reporting Forms (CMR’s)

Please select the appropriate form and fax (please do not email) completed forms to the number listed on the form. If you have any questions, please call 559-600-3434.

CalREDIE Confidential Morbidity Reporting

Forms can be electronically reported into the CalREDIE system using the Provider Portal. More information about the Provider Portal can be found at CalREDIE webpage. Provider Portal Account Request Forms can be faxed to 559-600-7607 Attn: Senior Epidemiologist.

Other Resources