About the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Branch (STDCB)
The mission of the STD Control Branch is to reduce the transmission and impact of sexually transmitted diseases and viral hepatitis in California.
The Branch supports prevention efforts through providing statewide leadership, guidance, training, technical assistance, surge capacity and safety net support for delivering services throughout the state. We carry out this mission by collaborating with local health jurisdictions and stakeholders in the public and private sectors.
The STD Control Branch works with the state’s 61 local health departments (LHDs) to prevent and control STDs and improve sexual health using the 10 essential functions of public health as a strategic framework.
The Branch uses a multidisciplinary approach and prioritizes from the following available strategies and interventions: surveillance and assessment; health education, awareness and promotion; behavioral interventions, specifically risk reduction counseling; screening to identify asymptomatic individuals; diagnostic testing to identify symptomatic individuals; timely treatment of infected individuals to interrupt disease transmission in the community and prevention complications in the individual; partner services to assure timely treatment of contacts through partner notification via field investigation or the internet and expedited partner therapy; structural interventions; vaccination whenever possible and program evaluation and quality improvement through performance measures.
Goal I: Increase access to and use of high-quality screening and clinical services for STDs.
Goal II: Increase partner evaluation, treatment and counseling.
Goal III: Promote awareness of the STD epidemic, prevention strategies and the costs of the diseases and their complications among providers, policymakers and the public.
Goal IV: Enhance surveillance and other health information systems to monitor, evaluate and improve STD prevention and other intervention efforts.
The STD Control Branch is located within the Division of Communicable Disease Control, which is part of the Center for Infectious Diseases, in the California Department of Public Health. The Branch is organized into these sections and offices:
Surveillance and Epidemiology Section
The Surveillance and Epidemiology Section conducts statewide surveillance and epidemiologic investigations of STDs through collaboration and consultation with local partners. Its staff collects and organizes high quality data; analyzes data on a timely basis to detect important patterns and trends, and disseminates findings promptly to inform prevention interventions. The most up-to-date epidemiologic data may be found at www.cdph.ca.gov/data/statistics/Pages/STDData.aspx.
Program Development and Evaluation Section
The Program Development and Evaluation Section enhances STD prevention and control on the organizational level through collaboration with stakeholders, evaluation, applied research, and project development and management. To accomplish this, this section builds partnerships within and outside the Department with a special focus on managed care; maternal, child, and adolescent health; family planning; infertility prevention; border and migrant health; and corrections. This section also manages performance measures and branch evaluation projects.
Disease Prevention Section
The Disease Prevention Section’s goal is to enhance the primary prevention practice of public health providers in STD/HIV prevention. The emphasis is on informing and empowering individuals at increased risk of STD/HIV acquisition or transmission, especially adolescents and young adults to reduce risk. Regional office staff work with local health departments, their community agencies and schools to integrate STD/HIV health education and risk reduction into existing prevention programs.
The Disease Prevention Section also houses the CDC-funded California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center (CA PTC).
The Disease Intervention Section’s goal is to enhance the secondary prevention practice of public health providers in STD prevention. The emphasis is on identifying infected individuals, especially those unaware of their infection, and ensuring timely treatment to prevent further transmission and complications. Regional field office staff provides assistance to local health departments in the area of field investigation of untreated individuals or partners of infected individuals, outbreak response and provider and laboratory visitation. The section’s HIV Partner Counseling and Referral Services (PCRS) Program provides training, technical assistance and safety net support to local health jurisdictions.
The Administrative Section provides support to the STD Control Branch in areas including office operations, training registration and coordination, fiscal management, contracts, grants coordination, and human resources. The section also provides support to the California STD Controllers Association.
Office of Medical and Scientific Affairs
Office of Clinical Affairs
Office of Policy and Communication
These offices provide consultation and coordination within and outside the Branch on clinical, diagnostic, scientific and policy activities designed to reduce the burden of STDs in California, and provide updates to our constituencies and partners. These offices also facilitate integration of STD programs with partner programs including HIV prevention and HPV vaccine implementation.