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Yolo County’s Ambulance Provider Achieves Accreditation

Yolo County’s Ambulance Provider Achieves Accreditation

The Yolo County Emergency Medical Services Agency is excited to announce that the county’s ambulance provider, American Medical Response (AMR), has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services for its compliance with national standards of excellence. Yolo County’s exclusive ambulance service contract with AMR includes certain stipulations and requirements to remain in compliance.  Achieving national accreditation is one of the compliance standards. With this achievement, AMR becomes the only accredited service in Yolo County and the 23rd ambulance service to be accredited in the state of California

“Accreditation represents AMR’s firm commitment to our community and patients,” said Yolo County Emergency Medical Services Agency Administrator Kristen Weivoda.  “AMR continuously strives to do their best and we view their accreditation as another step toward excellence in Yolo County.”

Confirmed Zika Case in Yolo County

Confirmed Zika Case in Yolo County

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed today that a Yolo County resident has tested positive for Zika virus.  This individual recently traveled out of the country and had a mild case of Zika.

Zika virus is a relatively new disease for the Western hemisphere.  It first appeared in Brazil in May of 2015.  It has since spread to 20 countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean, including Mexico.  Zika is spread through mosquito bites, not casual person-to-person contact.  According to the CDC, the most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and red, itchy eyes.  Symptoms are usually mild and last several days to a week.  Many people who have Zika will not experience symptoms.  There is currently no vaccine or treatment for Zika.

Fruit Tree Care Class February 6

Fruit Tree Care Class February 6

The winter months are the optimal time to care for your fruit trees and help them stay healthy throughout the year.  Join the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency at the Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden on Saturday, February 6 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. for a hands-on fruit tree care class in the garden’s orchard.

This class will be a taught by a UC Master Gardener of Yolo County.  Participants will learn proper fruit tree training and pruning techniques to optimize tree health and fruit yield, will get tips on how to select bare root fruit trees, and will learn about ideal timing for fruit tree planting and care.  Gloves and shoes that can get dirty are recommended.

The class is free to all but pre-registration is required by February 5.  To register, contact Robin Rocksvold at (530) 666-8528 or robin.rocksvold@yolocounty.org

Sacramento to Celebrate Heart Month with Go Red For Women Event at Arden Fair

Sacramento to Celebrate Heart Month with Go Red For Women Event at Arden Fair

Featuring a Macy’s fashion show, healthy cooking demos, CPR trainings, giveaways and more

WHAT:  The American Heart Association in Sacramento will celebrate American Heart Month with its own Go Red fashion show at Arden Fair on Saturday, February 6. The fashion show will feature local adult and children heart disease survivors, cardiologists and volunteers. The event will also feature healthy cooking demos, free health screenings, CPR trainings and giveaways. Women, men and families of all ages are invited to attend the celebration and to help raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women by wearing red.       

WHO:  The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women is asking everyone to help America Go Red!

Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden Recognized

Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden Recognized

On January 26, the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency’s Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden was honored as one of 23 innovation challenge finalists at the statewide Let’s Get Healthy California Innovation Challenge Conference held in Sacramento.

The Let’s Get Healthy California task force began in 2012 with the goal of making California the healthiest state in the nation.  The Let’s Get Healthy Initiative includes six goal areas, each of which was highlighted at the conference.  Yolo County’s garden project, entitled “Growing Healthy Habits”, showcased the innovative ways that a community garden can improve food access to low income residents, provide nutrition and gardening resources for the community and be a place for youth to learn about the food system. Yolo County’s garden project coordinator served with four others as conference panelists to discuss community initiatives focused on the goal area of living well.

Zika Information Available Online

Zika Information Available Online

The Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency’s Community Health Branch has released a Health Alert to Yolo County medical providers regarding the Zika virus, and has provided the alert and other related information on www.yolohealth.org.

National news stories have highlighted a surge in the number of newborns in South America born with a serious and uncommon birth defect called microcephaly (abnormal smallness of the head, a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development).  The birth defect, as well as miscarriages, are believed to occur in mothers infected with the Zika virus, a germ spread to people through mosquito bites. 

Services Provided at the Winters Service Center

Services Provided at the Winters Service Center

The Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency’s Winters Service Center, located at 111 E. Grant Avenue, provides services to approximately 300 walk-in residents monthly, and manages a caseload of 400 public assistance customers.  The center is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Programs and service provided by Yolo County at the Winters Service Center include: