Rural Association of Northern California Health Officers (RANCHO)

From June 2022-2024, the California Center for Rural Policy (CCRP) at Cal Poly Humboldt contracted with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) as the Regional Contractor for RANCHO. CCRP is partnering with RANCHO & CDPH to achieve an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and advance health equity across the region.

What is RANCHO?




The Rural Association of Northern California Health Officers (RANCHO) is an eleven county consortium consisting of Health Officers and Public Health leaders in the far northern region of California. The eleven counties that comprise RANCHO include: Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity.

Public Health leaders from each county meet on a weekly to bi-weekly basis to collaborate as a region towards the goal of improving the health of all communities in rural northern California. RANCHO meetings are well attended by the eleven counties and offer space for regional coordination and peer learning. Meetings provide an opportunity for members to:

  • Share county-level insights, strategies, and updates on current and future Public Health concerns.
  • Share opportunities related to workforce development and funding.
  • Share innovative strategies being used or explored by RANCHO counties to improve health equity.