About Us

Who we are, what we do and why we do it.

Our Mission

We love the people, their pets and the wildlife of Kern County and the other areas affected by Valley Fever. It’s our mission to support quality of life for everyone, the young and young at heart, so they can enjoy long healthy lives, despite living in the wake of Valley Fever. Because Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis) poses a threat to that quality of life, we aim our resources and medical expertise at this disease to help educate the public and defeat Valley Fever one case at a time.

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Our Laboratory

Kern County’s Public Health Laboratory (KCPHL)  has been one of the a leading diagnostic facilities for Valley Fever for the past several decades.   The laboratory typically performs over 20,000 tests per year for healthcare providers in Kern County. KCPHL is committed to developing laboratory diagnostic tests,  evaluating new tests which become available, and to continually improve the quality of existing tests that are being used.  For more information regarding Valley Fever testing from the KCPHL, please contact Dr. Michael Lancaster at 661-868-0505.

Our Team

The Kern County Public Health Services Department (KCPHSD) has more than 100 combined years of experience with Valley Fever.  The Director and Health Officer are committed to providing the tools and necessary resources to minimize the impact that Valley Fever has on the residents of Kern County.   The Laboratory Director, Microbiologists, Epidemiologists and support staff are involved with testing, research, surveillance, and education activities within and outside of the County.  Finally, our team extends into the community where there exists a strong relationship between our healthcare providers and KCPHSD.  This relationship is one of the primary reasons that Kern County has been recognized as a Valley Fever leader for the past 80 years.