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$2.4 Million grant funds new project to assist people experiencing homelessness

$2.4 Million grant funds new project to assist people experiencing homelessness

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration has awarded the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency a $2,399,328 ($799,776 annually over a three-year period) Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals grant to provide intensive care to people experiencing homelessness with mental health and substance use disorders through the Extended Hope project.

Recipe of the week: Tiramisu ice cream parfaits

Recipe of the week: Tiramisu ice cream parfaits

How simple is this?  This coffee and chocolate-laced favorite is reimagined for a quick and delightful version with vanilla bean ice cream, angel food cake and freshly brewed coffee.

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Rural residents with dry wells could benefit from relocation funds

Rural residents with dry wells could benefit from relocation funds

The California Department of Housing & Community Development has awarded $150,000 from the Community Development Block Grant program to Yolo County to assist those lacking access to potable water as a result of the drought.

The Drought Housing Relocation Assistance program was established under the governor’s drought state of emergency for the purpose of allowing eligible households, renters and homeowners to relocate and receive rental assistance for 12 months due to lack of reasonable access to potable water as a result of the drought. The program also provides assistance with security deposits, last month’s rent and a one-time moving cost allowance.

The Yolo County Office of Emergency Services, which is responsible for the planning, preparation and coordination of large-scale emergencies throughout the county, oversees the program, as well as managing all groundwater/dry well issues for Yolo County.

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.