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Raising awareness of Sickle Cell disease

Raising awareness of Sickle Cell disease

Eric Foster, 21, is a college student whose goal is a career in health care. He works out at the gym most days of the week and played youth and high school sports.

You would never guess that he has a serious health condition. And that's okay with him.

"I really don't tell people I have it," said Foster, who serves as a volunteer at the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center. “I don't think most people know about it or that it affects a lot of people.”

When Foster was a baby, he was diagnosed with sickle cell disease. It's a condition that affects 100,000 people in the country.  African American infants are at especially high risk for inheriting the sickle cell trait. He has one of four types known as beta thalassemia.

$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.