Sonoma County to Host Health Events Targeted at Latinos
Sonoma County will participate in a series of outreach events to address the health care needs of its nearly 80,000 Latino residents, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports. The events include the Latino Health Forum, which begins tomorrow. The forum will provide sessions on traditional healing practices and "educating health providers on how to treat Latino patients." In addition, vaccinations, health screenings and information sessions on work-related injury, STDs, health insurance and family planning will be available to county residents through Oct. 19. Sonoma County is one of seven counties around California to participate in the events. Naomi Adelson, program coordinator for the California-Mexico Health Initiative, said Sonoma County was chosen to host the events because of the county's "large number of immigrants" from the Mexican states of Michoacan, Oaxaca, Guanajuato and Jalisco. She added, "Recognizing that illness and disease have no borders, the governments of California and Mexico will use these health-related activities as the first step in a larger program of cooperation to improve the health of Mexicans living and working in California" (Rose, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 10/10).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.