Saturday, June 23 , 2018, 10:01 am | Fog/Mist 63º


Dr. Charity Thoman Appointed Health Officer for Santa Barbara County

Charity Thoman
Charity Thoman

On Tuesday, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors appointed Charity Thoman, M.D., MPH, as the county's health officer.

Dr. Thoman will operate as a health officer while Dr. Takashi Wada continues to provide leadership for two large departments — Public Health and Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services.

Dr. Wada will maintain his role as deputy health officer during this period, and he will be appointed a county health officer once his dual-department leadership assignment has concluded.

The responsibilities and authority of the health officer are significant. This is a legally appointed position and is responsible for the oversight of public health issues affecting our community such as communicable diseases, outbreak response, environmental safety, preventive and educational efforts, and communication with state and federal health authorities. The position is held by a physician who serves as advisor and leader to interdisciplinary teams on matters of public health importance.

Dr. Thoman joined the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department in 2011 as the deputy health officer. She has served in the role of tuberculosis controller, communicable disease controller, medical director of the Public Health Lab and HIV clinician. Dr. Thoman is on the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara County Medical Society and is active in our community.

She and Dr. Wada will continue to work closely together to promote and advance public health within Santa Barbara County.

— Susan Klein-Rothschild is a public information officer for the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.


Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >