San Luis Obispo, California


Local Community Leaders & Influencers:

  • Karen Smith, MD, MPH – Director and State Public Health Officer
    • General Public Information: (916) 558-1784
  • Penny Borenstein, MD, MPH— Public Health Director for County of San Luis Obispo
  • San Luis Obispo Public Health Department: Main Public Health Line
    • (805) 781-5500
  • San Luis Obispo Council:
    • Council Member: Carlyn Christianson— 805-550-9320
    • Council Member: Aaron Gomez – 805-540-9053
    • Council Member: Erica A. Stewart— 805-540-1154


  • In 2016, there were a reported 821 cases of cancer in men in San Luis Obispo County, California.
  • Age-adjusted rate: 439.75/per 100,000 (0.439%) compared to California’s 416.86 (0.416%)

Prostate Cancer

  • In 2016, there were a reported 221 cases of prostate cancer in San Luis Obispo County, California.
  • This is an age-adjusted rate of 110.31/per 100,000 (0.11%) compared to California’s 91.72 (0.091%)

Testicular Cancer

  • In 2016, less than 15 cases of testicular cancer were reported in San Luis Obispo County, California.
  • Age-adjusted rate from 2012-2016: 9.84/per 100,000 (0.009%) compared to California’s 5.91 (2016).
  • Resources:
    • Hearst Cancer Resource Center: a one-of-a-kind resource in San Luis Obispo County for those living with cancer. The goal of the center is to help persons with cancer learn about the disease, recognize opportunity for improved health, build a personal support system, and gain a sense of extended family
      • 888-760-2194

Heart Disease

  • From 2014-2016, San Luis Obispo County recorded a 150 heart disease death rate/per 100,000 in men (0.15%).


  • From 2014-2016, San Luis Obispo County recorded a 38.8 stroke death rate per 100,000 in men (0.038%).
  • Resources:
    • Coastal Cardiology: provider of a wide range of cardiovascular services and procedures in San Luis Obispo.
      • (805) 782-8844




  • In 2017, 3,353 men in California committed suicide. (Population: 19,647,553)
  • Age-adjusted death rate: 16.62/per 100,000
  • Resources:
    • Transitions-Mental Health Association: A nonprofit organization serving San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara Counties promoting recovery and wellness for people with mental illness.
    • SLO Hotline is a confidential mental health support, crisis and suicide prevention telephone line.
      • (800) 783-0607


  • In 2017, 24.5% of men in California were Obese.
  • “California’s adult obesity rate is 25.1%
    • Source Citation: Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The State of Obesity 2018. Washington, D.C.: 2018.
  • Resources:
    • Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force: HEAL-SLO was founded in 2005. Urged by Health Commission and Community members, the Board of Supervisors endorsed the creation of a Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force to develop a county-wide Strategic Action.
      • General Information: (805) 781-1560

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