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Charity Thoman attended Tulane University in New Orleans where she earned an MD and Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2005. She completed residency in Internal Medicine at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Dr. Thoman currently serves as Deputy Health Officer for the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, where she oversees the Communicable Disease Control Program. She is very involved with the California Medical Association, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara County Medical Society. She is the mother of three boys, is involved in our local community, and sometimes wears a Batman cape when at home.

S.B. Health Status Report

How healthy is our community compared to the rest of California towns? Read story.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Meningococcal Outbreak at UCSB

An update from Public Health's Dr. Charity Thoman. Read story.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Lessons from Tuberculosis Clinic

The very best part of my week is the morning I spend in clinic with my tuberculosis patients. Read story.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Mosquito Magnet

The first step in protecting yourself and your family is to mosquito-proof your home. Read story.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The HPV Vaccine Debate

Do parents have the right to deny their child a vaccine against HPV, thus ensuring potentially dire consequences for unapproved sexual activity? Read story.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Calling

As I carry on the daily work of public health, my prayer is that my spirit stay as soft as when I rocked a baby outside the TB ward in Zimbabwe. Read story.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Frozen Berrygate

Dr. Thoman describes how Public Health responded to the Hep A outbreak. Read story.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

True Artists

The health official responsible for communicable disease control wanders unrecognized among Santa Maria Tattoo Festival booths. Read story.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Government Chili

My mother concocted WIC versions of casseroles, stews, spaghettis, and her famous chili for my sister and me. Read story.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Protect Infants from Whooping Cough

Symptoms are sometimes subtle, but the disease can be deadly for babies too young to vaccinate. Read story.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sexual Assault Response

When I hear about a horrific sexual crime, I calm myself with the idea that people are comforting the victim and hunting down the assailant. Read story.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Joys of Imperfection

My new electric double-breast pump looked more like a medieval torture device with a pornographic twist than a tool to nourish my newborn. Read story.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Glamorous Side of Gonorrhea

That was just a trick. There is nothing glamorous about this STD, which can wreak terrible havoc if it's untreated. Read story.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Saving Beautiful Smiles

Tooth decay in Santa Barbara is a problem we can sink our (children’s) teeth into. Read story.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

It’s Norovirus Season!

Making it to the toilet is what I would call an “ideal situation." Read story.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Jagwar Ma

Sydney psych rock band performs in support of their 2013 ... Read More