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ACHD is seeking information about your Healthcare Districts! At your earliest convenience, please complete the short, ten question survey regarding your District demographics. The answers you provide will allow ACHD to better represent your District. The Healthcare District Survey can be found here.

Contact Sheila Johnston with any questions or comments about the survey.

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USDA Selects Ready, Set, Swim! Coachella Valley As California Success Story

Desert Healthcare District and Foundation (DHCD) and Desert Recreation District (DRD) are pleased to announce that the United States Department of Agriculture has selected Ready, Set, Swim! Coachella Valley as a featured Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) “Success Story” on its website. The program is one of only four programs recognized from the state of California.

Ready, Set, Swim! Coachella Valley was selected for its impact among local youth providing both an active and educational experience focused on nutrition and obesity prevention.

As the USDA article explains, the Ready, Set, Swim! Coachella Valley program is aimed at third grade students throughout the Coachella Valley, and offers a fun and innovative way to combine physical activity, nutrition education, and water safety all in one. Coachella Valley is a great location to offer this interactive program due several factors including the abundance of pools and canals, and sizzling temperatures that often have families with children spending a lot of time in the water during the summer months. In addition to providing children with lifelong water safety skills, Ready, Set Swim! also teaches children about the importance of good nutrition and physical activity.

Click here for the full article.

 

California Doesn’t Have Enough Doctors, and This Bad Law Isn’t Helping

California doesn't have enough doctors.

By 2025, the state will be short about 4,700 primary-care physicians, according to a recent report from the UC San Francisco Healthforce Center. This will result in more people turning to costly emergency-room visits for routine care, it predicts.

One solution is to expand the role of well-trained nurse practitioners, who can meet the basic healthcare needs of our growing population at a fraction of the cost of doctor visits. That’s what many other states are doing.

But this obvious remedy is opposed by a powerful interest — doctors. As a result, the Legislature has repeatedly failed to give greater independence to nurse practitioners, or NPs for short.

Click here to read the full article.

Fallbrook Executive Director Bobbi Palmer Named in ‘Outstanding Women in Business’

FALLBROOK, Calif. (Sept. 26, 2017) ---- Executive Director Bobbi Palmer, MBA, MSW of the Fallbrook Regional Health District gushed to The Village News upon hearing of her ‘Outstanding Women in Business’ honor: “It probably sounds cliche; however, I enjoy serving.”

The fall 2017 issue of The Village News Lifestyle magazine puts Palmer in good company, featuring country music icon LeAnn Rimes on the cover. The magazine profiles female elected and business leaders from around North San Diego County making in a difference in the world.

Certainly, Palmer’s one such trailblazer. With two master’s degrees in social work and business, Palmer brings a lot of heart to her career. She started in clinical work helping children and families.

“Working with children and families is rewarding work,” Palmer said. “You never know when your influence and understanding might make all the difference later.”

A keen political mind, she also served in board positions with Association of California Healthcare Districts and California Special District Administration where she dug into the policy side of health.

Palmer served her most recent CEO tenure at the Los Medanos Community Healthcare District in the San Francisco area.

“By serving and by listening I’m able to connect with people and truly hear their concerns,” Palmer told The Village News.

Certainly, those skills came in handy in taking over the executive director position in early 2016 at a transitional time for the Fallbrook Regional Health District and its 57,000 residents. After more than 2.5 years searching for a buyer of the closed Fallbrook Hospital, Palmer set out to accomplish the task  - and by the summer of 2017, she did.

The district board voted unanimously to sell the closed facility to Crestwood Behavioral Health Inc. and open the Fallbrook Healing Center. During her tenure, she has also cut district costs, helped put another new ambulance in the community and increased no-cost services for the public by more than 35 percent.

“It has not lacked for excitement around here,” Palmer said. “We’ve done a whole lot and we’re going to a whole lot more. Tackle fall prevention and aging in place, plant our first community garden and expand services for our health disparities. Our team may be small, but it is mighty and we have big plans for the Fallbrook Regional Health District. ”

Catch Palmer’s ‘Outstanding Women in Business’ profile here: https://issuu.com/villagenewsinc/docs/fall2017lifestyle

The voter-approved special district collects roughly $1.6 million annually to cover health care provider shortages, uninsured Californians, patients with low or fixed incomes, and underserved populations. Since 2000, the district community health contracts have support about 300 health programs offering no-cost services for the North San Diego County unincorporated communities of Bonsall, Del Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. In the last five years, the District granted more than $3.5 million in health services benefiting the public.

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ABOUT Fallbrook Regional Health District

Fallbrook Regional Health District is a special district covering affordable community health needs for the low- and fixed-income residents of Bonsall, De Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow. The roughly $1.6 million collected in voter-approved taxes supports more than $850,000 annually in full spectrum community health services addressing top health disparities, including behavioral health, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Learn more about community health services provided by the district at www.fallbrookhealth.org.

Contact:

Erica Holloway

Galvanized Strategies, on behalf of Fallbrook Healthcare District

(619) 796-1651

erica@galvanizedstrategies.com

A Hospital Crisis Is Killing Rural Communities. This State Is ‘Ground Zero.’

GLENWOOD, Ga. ― If you want to watch a rural community die, kill its hospital.

After the Lower Oconee Community Hospital shut down in June 2014, other mainstays of the community followed. The bank and the pharmacy in the small town of Glenwood shuttered. Then the only grocery store in all of Wheeler County closed in the middle of August this year.

On Glenwood’s main street, building after building is now for sale, closing, falling apart or infested with weeds growing through the foundation’s cracks.

HuffPost is hitting the road this fall to interview people about their hopes, dreams, fears ― and what it means to be American today.

Opportunity has been dying in Wheeler County for the last 20 years. Agriculture was once the primary employer, but the Wheeler Correctional Facility, a privately run prison, is now the biggest source of jobs.

With 39 percent of the central Georgia county’s population living in poverty, there aren’t enough patients with good insurance to keep a hospital from losing money.

The hospital’s closure eliminated the county’s biggest health care provider and dispatched yet another major employer. Glenwood’s mayor of 34 years, G.M. Joiner, doubts that the town will ever recover.

For the full article, click here.

California Healthcare District Leaders Gather to Learn & Share How to Improve Health & Well-Being for their Communities

SACRAMENTO – More than 100 Healthcare District trustees and professional staff from across the state gathered for ACHD’s 65th Annual Meeting, September 12-14, to learn and share about the challenges and opportunities their communities face as they navigate the evolving landscape of healthcare.

The three-day conference in San Diego – titled “Future Roles and Challenges of Healthcare Districts” – featured a dynamic lineup of speakers and presentations covering an array of topics. Workshops covered issues such as: how Healthcare Districts can find opportunities to share their standards of accountability and show community outcomes in a Municipal Service Review; learning how the state’s health insurance exchange, Covered California, is adapting amid ongoing state and federal policy changes; and what is the state of behavioral health services in California and how it affects some of the most vulnerable populations served by Healthcare Districts.

Featured keynote speakers included Gyre Renwick with Lyft who heads the company’s healthcare, government and education partnerships. Renwick discussed how Lyft is partnering with health organizations to improve service access for patients and lower costs for organizations and businesses.

Among the highlights of the Annual Meeting was the recognition of Mayers Memorial Hospital District as ACHD’s District of the Year. The designation is awarded each year to a Healthcare District for its commitment to improving the health of the communities it serves. Mayers Memorial Hospital District, located in Shasta County, received the award for its “Planting Seeds and Growing Our Own” internship program. The program offers high school seniors the opportunity to spend 20 hours a week over four months to gain skills and knowledge working in the District’s hospital and learning about career opportunities. Given the healthcare workforce shortages many rural regions face, the program has been instrumental in allowing Mayers Memorial Hospital District to build its next generation of healthcare professionals.

If you attended our 65th Annual Meeting and would like to share your thoughts, please take a moment to fill out this brief survey. Additionally, click here to find photos from Annual Meeting.

 

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Association of California Healthcare Districts Appoints New Board Officers

(September 22, 2017) The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) is pleased to announce the election of new Board of Directors and appointments of Officers to the Board. Elections and appointments were held at ACHD’s Annual Meeting at the Kona Kai Resort and Spa, last week in San Diego, CA.  Five Board members were elected to fill officer positions, and four Board members were newly appointed.  Officers’ terms begin immediately upon election.  Howard Salmon, Trustee with Fallbrook Regional Health District, will undertake the position of Board Chair.

“It is an honor to be elected Chairman of the Board,” said Mr. Salmon.  “I look forward to continuing to help move ACHD in a new and positive direction.”

Linda Rubin, Trustee with Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District, will undertake the position of Vice Chair; Harry Weis, CEO of Tahoe Forest Health System, will undertake the position of Treasurer, and Bob Hemker, CEO of Palomar Health, will undertake the position of At-Large member.  Dr. Michele Bholat, Trustee with Beach Cities Health District, will retain her position as Secretary.

Other newly appointed Directors include Karin Hennings, Administrator at Del Puerto Health Care District, Gerald “Jerry” Starr, Executive Director at West Side Health Care District, Beatriz Vasquez, Trustee with Mayers Memorial Hospital District, and Lin Reed, Trustee with Mark Twain Health Care District.

For a full list of Directors on the ACHD Board, click here.

California Healthcare Districts respond to the specialized health needs of California communities. Voters created 79 Healthcare Districts to fulfill health local care needs.  Of these, 54 serve the state’s rural areas. Healthcare Districts provide access to essential health services and are directly accountable at the community level.  As a result, tens of millions of Californians have been able to access care that would otherwise be out of reach.

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Association of California Healthcare Districts

The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) represents Healthcare Districts throughout the state. The Association serves the diverse needs of California’s Healthcare Districts by enhancing public awareness, training and educating its members and advocating for legislation and regulatory policies that allow Healthcare Districts to deliver the best possible health services to Californians. Learn more at www.achd.org.

Senate unanimously passes landmark measure to expand early intervention for mental illness

AB 1315 would create a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership to expand evidence-based models for early detection, prevention and intervention of psychosis and serious mood disorders.

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a landmark measure to advance and expand early intervention services for psychosis and serious mood disorders. The measure now stands just one short step from the Governor’s desk.

The bill, AB 1315 by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, would create a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership, harnessing the resources of California’s private sector to help shift the paradigm for mental health treatment from one centered on Stage 4 crisis care to one that prioritizes early intervention and management of serious illness.

The bill is the top priority for the Steinberg Institute, which is sponsoring the measure as part of its broader effort to ensure brain health is treated with the same urgency and sweep as physical health. The legislation has no opposition, and passed the Assembly last month with zero no votes.

It has drawn support from an array of organizations in the public and private sectors committed to advancing the science surrounding the causes, diagnoses and treatment of mental illness.

Among the industry leaders and nonprofit organizations that have signed on in support: Verily Life Sciences; Mindstrong; One Mind Institute; The Jed Foundation; the California Hospital Association; the California Psychiatric Association; the California College of Emergency Room Physicians; Sutter Health; the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission; the California State Association of Counties; the Western Center on Law and Poverty; and the California Police Chiefs Association.

The intent of AB 1315 is to greatly expand resources for early detection of psychosis and other symptoms of mental illness in young people in California, and to respond with comprehensive services that have proven successful in arresting diseases such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression before they become disabling.

AB 1315 would leverage existing mental health funding by setting up a public-private partnership that would generate additional funding for services dedicated to early detection and prevention of mental illness. Specifically, it would create a special account to be fully supported by private donations and federal, state and private grants. Counties that apply for and receive awards would have to provide matching funding.

Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, rose to present the measure to the full Senate Wednesday, noting that model programs in operation in multiple states, including California, have shown dramatic benefits when young people receive treatment in the early stages of illness.

“We actually know how to do this – the research and treatment models are proven and they exist,” he said. “But not every county has adopted these strategies, and not enough of our young people have access to programs.”

Sen. Ted Gaines, a Roseville Republican, also rose to speak in support of the legislation, saying “we need to be doing everything we can” to detect early signs of psychosis and intervene with appropriate care.

The measure now returns to the Assembly for concurrence, leaving it just one step from Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

For more information, contact Steinberg Institute Government Affairs Director Adrienne Shilton, (916) 553-4167.

The Steinberg Institute is a Sacramento-based nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing sound public policy and inspiring leadership on issues of mental health.

Landmark measure to fund early intervention for mental illness moves to full Senate

AB 1315 would create a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership to expand evidence-based models for early detection, prevention and intervention of psychosis and serious mood disorders.

SACRAMENTO, CA – A landmark measure to advance and expand early intervention services for psychosis and serious mood disorders moved out of the California Senate Appropriations Committee suspense file on a unanimous vote Friday, and now moves to the full Senate.

The bill, AB 1315 by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, would create a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership, harnessing the resources of California’s private sector to help shift the paradigm for mental health treatment from one centered on Stage 4 crisis care to one that prioritizes early intervention and management of serious illness.

The bill is a top priority for the Steinberg Institute, which is sponsoring the measure as part of its broader effort to ensure brain health is treated with the same urgency and sweep as physical health. The legislation has drawn support from an array of organizations in the public and private sectors committed to advancing the science surrounding the causes, diagnoses and treatment of mental illness.

Among the industry leaders and nonprofit organizations that have signed on in support: Verily Life Sciences; Mindstrong; One Mind Institute; The Jed Foundation; the California Hospital Association; the California Psychiatric Association; the California College of Emergency Room Physicians; Sutter Health; the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission; the California State Association of Counties; the Western Center on Law and Poverty; and the California Police Chiefs Association.

The intent of AB 1315 is to greatly expand resources for early detection of psychosis and other symptoms of mental illness in young people in California, and to respond with comprehensive services that have proven successful in arresting diseases such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression before they become disabling.

AB 1315 would leverage existing mental health funding by setting up a public-private partnership that would generate additional funding for services dedicated to early detection and prevention of mental illness. Specifically, it would create a special account to be fully supported by private donations and federal, state and private grants. Counties that apply for and receive awards would have to provide matching funding.

For more information, contact Steinberg Institute Government Affairs Director Adrienne Shilton, 916-553-4167.

The Steinberg Institute is a Sacramento-based nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing sound public policy and inspiring leadership on issues of mental health.

Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District offers new radiology technology

Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District purchased an additional new radiology device that will provide better diagnoses and treat many forms of cancer, gastrointestinal and genitourinary disorders, and other traumatic injuries for Imperial Valley families.

The newly purchased TOSHIBA Aquilion 64 CT SYSTEM with the VeloCT console will improve image quality without risking patients and emits 40 percent less radiation than its previous version.

Pioneers Memorial also welcomed Dr. George Rapp, a native of the Imperial Valley. Dr. Rapp returns from the University of Southern California, where he recently completed a Fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. “I was born and raised in the Imperial Valley, I was born in El Centro. And I’m returning just to be able to provide a service to the community, something that has been a goal of mine since I went into medicine. So I’m very happy to be back to help take care of the people of the valley,” added Rapp.

To read the entire article, click here.

Sequoia Healthcare District’s 70 Strong program aims to engage, help seniors

At 88, Surlene Grant is the kind of person the Sequoia Healthcare District and Peninsula Family Service are targeting with a new program to help seniors live more fulfilling lives.

Called 70 Strong, it connects the district’s 40,000 seniors with a directory website, phone line and network of social workers who can refer them to any of 300 partners providing free or low-cost local services aimed at improving the older adults’ physical and mental health.

Grant had a bit of a head start. Even before she lost her husband in 2014, the former high school attendance office worker was going to weekly yoga classes and Bible study. But when the classes at the nearby health club were canceled late last year, she was flummoxed. Where could she find another class?  Where should she look? Who could help her? Enter 70 Strong — a moniker that honors the Health Care District’s 70th anniversary and those district residents who are 70 and older.

To read the entire article, click here.