Chapa-De Indian Health to Host Free Healthy Family Fun Day at Auburn Clinic

Source: Miranda Marsalla, Chapa-De Indian Health  |  2016-08-18

WHAT: Chapa-De Indian Health will host a FREE Healthy Family Fun Day at its Auburn Clinic this Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This free event is open to the entire community and will offer:

  • Free Dental Screenings for Children and Adults (satisfying the required dental screenings for kindergarten aged children)
  • Free Fluoride Varnish Treatment for Children
  • Free Diabetes Risk Assessments & A1C Testing
  • Free Vision and Hearing Screenings
  • Free Blood Pressure Checks
  • Free Hemoglobin, Height and Weight Checks for Children (this fulfills information needed to apply for WIC)

Additionally, guests are invited to enjoy clinic tours, kids’ activities, face painting, snacks and theatrical performances while learning about the amazing health services available at Chapa-De.

For more information about Healthy Family Fun Day, please visit: http://chapa-de.org/auburn-events/family-fun-day/.

WHEN: Saturday, August 20 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Chapa-De Indian Health
11670 Atwood Road
Auburn, CA 95603

CONTACT: Doug Elmets - (916) 206-8662

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CDPH Reports Record-Low Birth Rates Among Adolescents

Source: California Department of Public Health  |  2016-08-11

The birth rate among adolescents decreased among all racial and ethnic groups between 2000 and 2014.

California’s birth rate among adolescents has continued to decline to record-low levels, reports California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. The state’s 2014 numbers indicate a record low of 20.8 births per 1,000 females between the ages of 15 and 19. Those numbers reflect a 10 percent decline from 2013 and a 55 percent decline from the 2000 rate of 46.7.

“California’s continued success in reducing births among adolescents is an excellent example of public health at work,” said Dr. Smith. “We can have a positive influence on the lives of young people when we empower them with knowledge, tools and resources to make healthy choices.”

The birth rate among adolescents decreased among all racial and ethnic groups between 2000 and 2014. During this time, the birth rate dropped from 77.3 to 31.3 (births per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19) among Hispanics, 59.1 to 24.6 among African Americans, 22.3 to 8.4 among Whites and 15.0 to 3.7 among Asians.

Despite these declining birth rates, racial disparities persist in adolescent childbearing in California. African American and Hispanic adolescents are three to four times as likely to give birth as White females. In addition, the birth rate among adolescents varies considerably across counties, from a low of 7.0 in Marin County to a high of 45.1 in Kern County.

California has a number of programs aimed at preventing adolescent pregnancy and improving pregnancy outcomes among young women. CDPH funds the Information and Education Program, the Personal Responsibility Education Program authorized through the Affordable Care Act of 2010, and the Adolescent Family Life Program for expectant and parenting adolescents. In addition, the state provides no-cost family planning services to eligible men and women, including adolescents, through the Family PACT Program.

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CDPH Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Death of 2016

Source: California Department of Public Health  |  2016-08-11

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced the first confirmed death in California due to West Nile virus (WNV). The deceased person was a senior citizen in Sacramento County.

“West Nile virus can cause a deadly infection in humans, and the elderly are particularly susceptible, as this unfortunate fatality illustrates,” said Dr. Smith. “West Nile virus activity in the state is increasing, so I urge Californians to take every possible precaution to protect themselves against mosquito bites.”

CDPH has reported ten human cases of WNV from eight California counties this year. In addition, 764 dead birds from 26 counties have tested positive for WNV in 2016 and 1,487 mosquito samples from 30 counties have also tested positive for WNV this year.

The number of WNV positive dead birds and mosquito samples exceeds the numbers at this same time last year and are above the state’s most recent five-year average.

West Nile virus is influenced by many factors, including climate, the number and types of birds and mosquitoes in an area and the level of WNV immunity in birds. West Nile is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito. The risk of serious illness to most people is low. However, some individuals – less than 1 percent – can develop serious neurologic illnesses such as encephalitis or meningitis.

People 50 years of age and older and individuals with diabetes or hypertension have a higher chance of getting sick and are more likely to develop complications.

CDPH recommends that individuals protect against mosquito bites and WNV by practicing the “Three Ds”:

  1. DEET – Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 according to label instructions. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you. Insect repellents should not be used on children under two months of age.

  2. DAWN AND DUSK – Mosquitoes usually bite in the early morning and evening so it is important to wear proper clothing and repellent if outside during these times. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.

  3. DRAIN – Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, by emptying flower pots, old car tires, buckets, and other containers. If you know of a swimming pool that is not being properly maintained, please contact your local mosquito and vector control agency.

California’s West Nile virus website includes the latest information on WNV activity in the state. Californians are encouraged to report dead birds on the website or by calling toll-free 1-877-WNV-BIRD (968-2473).

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CDPH Announces Intent to Award $13 Million in Grants to California Reducing Disparities Pilot Projects

Source California Department of Public Health  |  2016-07-28

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith announced today the intent to award nearly $13 million in grants to help reduce mental health disparities in communities that have traditionally been underserved.

The funding will be distributed to 11 pilot projects statewide that provide mental health services to five target populations, including African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latino, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ), and Native American communities. The grant monies, which will be distributed over the course of five and a half years, are part of CDPH’s California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP). This will be the third release of CRDP grant funds. In all, CDPH will award $60 million to 41 contractors and grantees between 2016 and 2022.

“The California Reducing Disparities Project recognizes that many of the promising mental health services in our most diverse communities need additional support in order to improve their effectiveness,” said Dr. Smith. “CDPH is committed to funding organizations that are doing meaningful work in their communities to reduce mental health disparities but are not often considered for large grants.”

Disparities in mental health services are found among all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions. Even though they make up the majority of the state’s population, communities of color are less likely to receive quality mental health care services than their Caucasian peers. Members of the LGBTQ community frequently report that mental health providers do not know how to address sexual orientation and gender identity concerns, or overemphasize these issues in treatment, even if it is not the reason the person sought care.

The primary goal of the CRDP grants is to invest in new and existing community programs that have shown promise in reducing mental health disparities in these underserved communities. The grants are awarded to small organizations that have annual budgets of less than $500,000 and need organizational support in order to meet the Project’s implementation and evaluation requirements. Each organization receives six months of technical support to develop a scope of work, detailed five-year budget, and an evaluation plan.

The CRDP is funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63) that was passed in November 2004. This act imposes a one percent income tax on personal income that exceeds $1 million.

The 11 awardees receiving grants totaling $1,180,000 in funding for include:

African American:

  1. California Black Women’s Health Project – Los Angeles County
  2. Healthy Heritage Movement – Riverside County
  3. Whole Systems Learning – Riverside County

Asian and Pacific Islander *:

  1. Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County – Butte County
  2. Muslim American Society:  Social Services Foundation – Sacramento County

Latino:

  1. Humanidad Therapy and Education Services – Sonoma County
  2. Integral Community Solutions Institute – Fresno County
  3. Latino Service Providers – Sonoma County

LGBTQ:

  1. Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield – Kern County
  2. Gender Health Center – Sacramento County
  3. San Joaquin Pride Center – San Joaquin County

* Only two applications were submitted, and these organizations met or exceeded the minimum application requirements.

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Supervisors Approve $18M In Health And Human Services Contracts To Help Placer's Most Vulnerable Residents

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2016-06-23

The Placer County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved nine different contract agreements totaling more than $18 million to provide mental health, substance abuse, transitional housing and child abuse prevention services throughout the county.

The contracts, largely funded with state and federal assistance (nearly $16 million of the $18 million total cost), help Placer County provide a broad spectrum of services to support the county’s most vulnerable residents.

“Caring for our most vulnerable citizens is one of Placer County’s greatest responsibilities, and we are tremendously fortunate to have such a strong network of caring and professional partners to help us fulfill this duty,” said Jeff Brown, Placer County director of Health and Human Services.

Agreements totaling more than $11.5 million with six service providers – Aegis Medical Systems Inc., Community Recovery Resources, Koinonia Foster Homes, New Leaf Counseling Services, Progress House and Recovery Now LLC - were approved through June 2018 to provide substance use treatment services and transitional housing.

The board also approved a one-year contract for $4.5 million with Telecare Corporation to operate the 16-bed Placer County psychiatric health facility, which provides acute psychiatric healthcare services to county residents requiring psychiatric stabilization and treatment. The facility provides treatment for patients who are temporarily unable to ensure their own safety or adequately care for their basic food needs, clothing, and shelter due to a mental disorder.

KidsFirst will provide child abuse prevention services and operate family resource centers in Roseville and Auburn under a one-year, $725,988 contract. In the previous year of its contract, KidsFirst helped Placer County serve more than 3,000 families with counseling and parent education, helping prevent child abuse and neglect.

Whole Person Learning will provide housing assistance and counseling services to emancipated foster youth under a two-year, $1.18 million contract. The program also provides career education, problem solving, budgeting and other support to help foster youth successfully transition to independent living as adults; helping prevent homelessness, substance abuse and deter criminal behavior.

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Effective June 10th, the minimum age of sale for tobacco products in California increases from 18 to 21, and for the first time e-cigarettes are added to the existing definition of tobacco products. California is the second state in the nation, following Hawaii, to raise the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21.

“Today marks a significant moment in California history as new tobacco control laws go into effect statewide. This is the first time the Golden State has raised the age of sale for tobacco since the law first took effect 144 years ago,” said Dr. Karen Smith, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) director and state health officer. “Our focus is on reaching more than 34,000 retailers with tobacco licenses and vape shops to provide them the information and resources needed to comply with the new tobacco 21 law.”

To help retailers comply with these new laws, CDPH developed a series of educational materials, including age-of-sale warning signs, window clings reminding customers of the new law and tips to help clerks check identification.

About 34,000 Californians die each year from tobacco use. In addition, tobacco-related diseases cost Californians $18.1 billion each year in both direct and indirect healthcare costs due to premature death and low productivity due to illness.

As part of the new law defining e-cigarettes as tobacco products, e-cigarettes, e-liquids including vaping devices and accessories can no longer be sold in self-service displays. E-cigarettes are also not allowed in locations where smoking has long been prohibited, including public transit, worksites, restaurants, schools and playgrounds. Approximately 217,000 California youth between the ages of 12 and 17 currently smoke traditional cigarettes or e-cigarettes.

“California is taking a big step forward in preventing a new generation of young people from becoming addicted to nicotine,” said Dr. Smith. “The surge in e-cigarette use among teens and young adults is no accident. The tobacco industry’s aggressive marketing of e-cigarette gadgets and candy flavors is jeopardizing the health of our young people.”

Many e-cigarettes contain nicotine, a highly addictive neurotoxin. Research shows that the brain continues to develop until age 25, and nicotine exposure before that age may cause permanent brain damage and fuel a lifelong battle with addiction. According to the California Department of Education’s California Healthy Kids Survey, middle and high school teens are currently using e-cigarettes at much higher rates than traditional cigarettes. Studies also show that teens who use e-cigarettes are three times more likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes within a year.

For those struggling with nicotine addiction, resources are available at www.nobutts.org. Californians who want help quitting can call the California Smokers’ Helpline at 1-800-NO BUTTS.

The California Tobacco Control Program was established by the Tobacco Tax and Health Protection Act of 1988. California’s comprehensive approach has changed social norms around tobacco-use and secondhand smoke. California’s tobacco control efforts have reduced both adult and youth smoking rates by 50 percent, saved more than one million lives and have resulted in $134 billion worth of savings in health care costs. Learn more at www.TobaccoFreeCA.com.

The California Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch is charged with enforcing the Stop Tobacco Access to Kids Enforcement Act, and conducts ongoing illegal sales enforcement operations. California retailers caught selling tobacco products to minors during these enforcement operations are subject to fines up to $6,000.

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Board Approves Mental Health Contracts, Continuing Commitment to Reducing Mental Illness

Source: Scott Sandow, County of Placer  |  2016-06-09

The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted June 7 to approve six different contract agreements totaling $9,758,828 to support mental health in the community.

Ranging from housing for the mentally ill to providing psychiatric services, the approved contracts allow Placer County’s Department of Health and Human Services to provide the best possible mental health services to the children, youth, adults and older adults living in the county.

Mental health services are available through HHS’ Adult System of Care and Children’s System of Care. It is the goal of the county to provide mental health treatment to those in need and return them to living healthy lives as quickly as possible.

The board approved a contract with Advocates for Mentally Ill Housing Inc. to continue providing housing for people with mental illness, which includes emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing. This continuum of housing provides different levels of support so that people can receive the assistance they need to stay in the community, a critical part of the county’s adult mental health system.

“Supported housing programs such as those provided by AMI Housing have shown great success in improving the quality of life of each participant,” said Health and Human Services Director Jeff Brown. “Providing stable housing reduces homelessness, hospitalizations and incarcerations and ultimately saves public funds."

The board also approved a two-year agreement with Sierra Mental Wellness Group to provide mental health crisis services, specialty mental health services, child welfare and couples counseling services. The agreement provides mental health crisis response services in eastern Placer County, 24/7, 365 days a year and provides after-hours coverage in western Placer County. The agreement also supports an after-hours crisis response staff member to be on-site at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where approximately 70 percent of all county mental health crisis evaluations are completed.

The board also approved an agreement with Mental Health America of Northern California to provide family and youth partnership and support services through family advocates. These family advocates provide support to families receiving probation, mental health or child welfare services such as mentoring, advocacy, education and outreach. Since 2004, the family advocacy team has helped more than 9,000 Placer County families be successful by shortening court proceedings and reducing re-entry into foster care.

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