Public Health Laboratory Services
Non-Diagnostic Health Screening Regulatory Program
The Santa Barbara County Non-diagnostic General Health Assessment (NGHA) program was created to provide members of the community with opportunities to seek bioanalytical screenings for non-infectious, chronic health conditions. Apart from each patient's results, individuals who are susceptible to specific genetic markers and/or who are members of higher risk populations are then referred to specific sources that will be able to provide the patient with a more comprehensive follow-up visit. NGHA programs must provide significant public health benefits as determined by pre-established and accepted public health protocols and practices.
NGHA programs are governed and enforced by Chapter 195, §§ 1244, 1244.1, 1244.3 and 1244.4 of the California Business and Professions Code . Entities conducting a program within Santa Barbara County are obligated to file all necessary application and supplementary materials to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Laboratory at least thirty days prior to the start of the program.
The following are acceptable methodologies that can be included within a nondiagnostic general health assessments: total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), triglycerides, blood glucose, hemoglobin, point of care (POC) urinalysis, stool occult blood, qualitative urine pregnancy, and other POC tests (POCT) in which the samples are tested at the "point of care". Due to the POC nature of NGHA testing, results are made available on the same day and at the same location where the test was administered. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- A hospital sponsored cholesterol screening program held at a shopping center in which blood is collected via fingerstick and tested onsite using a POC analyzer.
- Blood glucose analysis performed at a pharmacy in which blood is collected via fingerstick and tested onsite using a POC analyzer.
- Examination of stool for occult blood at a community center.
Unacceptable Testing Methodologies
The following are unacceptable cases that are often mistakenly categorized as NGHA programs:
- Collection of blood via venipuncture that is subsequently sent out to be tested for glucose and/or other components at a licensed laboratory.
- Analysis of body fat percentage.
- Blood pressure screenings
NGHA Application & Fees
- All registration materials are required for new and renewing applicants. After completing the primary application materials, other event locations that are proposed within 365 days of the original event date may be approved by completing the "Additional Site" registration form.
- Primary, single event registration: $100
- Additional events operating for no more than seven consecutive days: $63
- Additional events operating for more than seven days: $100
- If the event is anticipated to operate for a duration of time greater than or equal to thirty days, please contact the laboratory directly at 805-681-5255.
Non Diagnostic Health Assessment Application