Sonoma To Use $850K Grant To Fight Heart Disease With Early Prevention Initiative
The project looks to bring together a broad range of people -- health care providers and local agencies -- to attack heart disease on the community level.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat:
Sonoma County Receives $850,000 For Heart Disease Prevention
Sonoma County health officials are taking the fight against cardiovascular disease to the next level, one that focuses on early prevention and involves broad participation from, among others, local government, educators, residents, community groups and health care professionals. The initiative is an extension of health care strategies developed through the county’s Health Action partnership, which seeks to improve public health and reduce health care disparities. To that end, the county’s Department of Health Services and the collaborative partnership of community leaders and organizations known as Health Action recently were awarded an $850,000 grant to establish an Accountable Community of Health. (Espinoza, 10/5)
In other news from across the state —
Parents, City Reach $15 Million Settlement In Girl’s Death At Camp Sacramento
Natalie Giorgi’s parents say a powerful message lives in their daughter’s sudden death three years ago from an allergic reaction to peanuts at a signature Sacramento-run campground. Food allergies are real, and they can kill. On the day the Giorgis’ attorneys announced that the city reached a $15 million wrongful-death settlement with the family in the 13-year-old girl’s death at Camp Sacramento in July 2013, parents Joanne and Louis Giorgi vowed Natalie’s death would not be in vain, while chastened city officials promised changes within the next 12 months to ensure the safety of future campers. (Smith, 10/5)
San Diego Union-Tribune:
New Clinic Takes Bite Out Of Seniors' Dental Problems
Sitting in a dentist’s chair, Avelina Greeno put her hands over her mouth, demonstrating how she used to hide her smile...The National City resident is one of the first patients to experience the new dental clinic on the second floor of the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center in downtown San Diego. The program had a soft opening on June 1 and plans to celebrate its grand opening Wednesday. The milestone comes in the same year that the Gary and Mary West Foundation, which is funding the clinic, marks its 10th anniversary. The program is designed to serve low-income seniors living on less than $850 per month. In cases where the government-funded Denti-Cal program doesn’t cover the entire bill, the clinic’s seniors are charged on a sliding fee scale. (Sisson, 10/5)
Can A Play Change Attitudes About Depression?
"The One With Friends" features two characters living with depression. It gives a stark depiction of what it's like to live with the condition, as they struggle with a host of challenges affecting their friendships and work, including the general public's misperceptions about depression. "In the play I show how much support someone needs," says playwright Joseph Mango, who wrote the piece to educate people about depression – a condition he, too, has struggled with. (O'Neill, 10/6)