Petaluma Health Care District seen as model for state

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Schools. Farmers markets. Law enforcement.

While these things may seem separate and distinct, they all have at least one thing in common: they’re all part of the health care continuum.

Several policy makers from the state Department of Health Care Services visited community health programs of the Petaluma Health Care District on Tuesday to witness first-hand how the district weaves seeming disparate issues together under the “health care” umbrella.

The state department views Petaluma’s program as a model for other districts and cities to learn about health promotion and successful programs, said Melanie Hepp, a district spokeswoman. State policy makers hoped to learn what works in Petaluma and determine if the ideas might work statewide.

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