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Yolo County Emergency Medical Service Agency receives recognition

Yolo County Emergency Medical Service Agency receives recognition

Yolo County Emergency Medical Service Agency has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Second Yolo County Fentanyl Death

Second Yolo County Fentanyl Death

To date, Yolo County Health & Human Services has received reports of three drug overdoses by residents in Davis, West Sacramento and Woodland associated with ingestion of counterfeit prescription pain pills containing fentanyl; two of which resulted in death.

Regionally, there have been 53 known overdoses and 13 deaths of individuals who may have believed they were consuming the prescription painkiller Norco (acetaminophen/hydrocodone), a commonly abused prescription painkiller.  Initially, health officials believed the overdoses were caused by taking tablets or capsules of Norco that was laced with fentanyl.  Now it is believed that fentanyl pills made to look like Norco tablets are being sold on the street.  Fentanyl is a highly potent, fast acting opiate that is approximately 100 times more powerful than heroin.

Yolo County Receives Grant to Assist Medically Vulnerable Homeless

Yolo County Receives Grant to Assist Medically Vulnerable Homeless

Partnership HealthPlan of California has awarded the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency $499,125 to improve the health and well-being of medically vulnerable people experiencing homelessness through the Bridge to Health & Housing project.  

The Bridge to Health & Housing project is a collaborative effort between Yolo County, Fourth & Hope, Sutter Davis Hospital, Yolo Community Care Continuum and Woodland Memorial Hospital which will provide outreach, intensive case management and housing navigation for homeless persons with an acute or chronic health condition or substance use disorder.  The project will feature a 24-hour response to Yolo County emergency rooms in cases involving frequent utilizers who are homeless, ensuring they are appropriately assessed and linked with services and shelter upon discharge.

Public Health & Wellness Fair April 6

Public Health & Wellness Fair April 6

The community is invited to the annual Public Health & Wellness Fair on Wednesday, April 6 from noon to 3:00 p.m.  This free, family-friendly event includes car seat inspections and old car seat recycling, bike safety and skills activities, health check screenings (blood pressure, BMI (body mass index), cholesterol), sidewalk CPR activities, healthy food samples, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) and MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines, and much more.

The fair is in celebration of National Public Health Week, April 4-10, and is sponsored by the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency Community Health Branch.

The Public Health & Wellness Fair will be held in the parking lot on the southeast corner of Beamer and Cottonwood streets in Woodland.  In the event of rain, the fair will be moved across the street to Norton Hall at 70 Cottonwood Street.

Draft Septic System Requirements Available for Review and Comment

Draft Septic System Requirements Available for Review and Comment

(Woodland, CA) – Yolo County Environmental Health invites the public and other agencies to review and comment on a draft Local Agency Management Program (LAMP) for the permitting, siting, design, monitoring and maintenance of septic systems. The plan also includes provisions for graywater systems, septic pumper trucks and non-discharging wastewater units such as composting toilets.

The intent of Yolo County’s draft LAMP is to:

Eat the Rainbow Nutrition and Gardening Class March 16

Eat the Rainbow Nutrition and Gardening Class March 16

In celebration of National Nutrition Month (March), the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency will offer a class entitled “Eat the Rainbow”.  The class will be held at the Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden on Wednesday, March 16 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

This class will highlight the vitamins and minerals that are found in a variety of fruits and vegetables grown locally and will teach participants how plants use food from the soil to create those nutrients.  Participants will learn strategies for growing and eating a colorful mix of fruits and vegetables to support good health.  This class includes taste tests of fresh produce grown in the garden.

The class is free to all but pre-registration is required by March 14.  To register, contact Robin Rocksvold at (530) 666-8528 or robin.rocksvold@yolocounty.org

Mental Health Service Act Community Planning in March

Mental Health Service Act Community Planning in March

The community is invited to attend the Yolo County Mental Health Service Act Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting on March 1 to kick-off the community planning process for fiscal year 2016-17, and additional community input meetings on March 9.  

The Mental Health Services Act (known as MHSA or Proposition 63, and passed by California voters in 2004) places a 1% tax on personal income in excess of $1 million.  This tax revenue is directed specifically to improving mental health treatment.  The funds are distributed to California counties with the goal of transforming the public mental health system into one that is consumer- and family-driven, accessible to underserved populations, oriented toward the principles of recovery, culturally aware and which provides appropriate services.