Cielo Vista unveils free community fitness center

Family, students and staff at Cielo Vista Charter School in Palm Springs can now use the school’s recently opened fitness center for free through a $70,000 grant from the Desert Healthcare District. The grant, which paid for gym equipment including a treadmill, an elliptical, sets of weights and several other machines, is part of Cielo Read More »

Petaluma Healthcare District Set to Review Lease Options for Hospital

Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) is pleased to announce that two hospital operators completed the bid process to lease and operate Petaluma Valley Hospital (PVH) when its 20-year agreement with St. Joseph Health expires in January 2017. St. Joseph Health and Prime Healthcare Services have submitted refined proposals for lease options, which PHCD will review Read More »

California Senate Takes Action on Key Bills Today

California Senate approves health care for undocumented immigrants BY ALEXEI KOSEFF A proposal to expand health care to Californians in the country illegally cleared the Senate on Tuesday, passing on a 28-11 vote and heading to the Assembly. Senate Bill 4 would allow undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurance on the state exchange, pending a Read More »

Lawmaker tries again with bill requiring warning label on sugary drinks

A state senator Wednesday renewed his effort to slap warnings on sugary drinks about the dangers of obesity, tooth decay and diabetes, reintroducing a bill that died last session. Senator Bill Monning’s (D-Carmel) legislation – SB 203 – would require warnings on sweetened drinks with more than 75 calories per 12 ounces. Under the bill, Read More »

Local beach communities offering free workouts to promote health

You can cross cost off your “I can’t workout” excuse list, as one local community is offering free workouts. “Beach Cities Health District realized that we need to create opportunities for people to be physically active,” said Dr. Lisa Santora, the chief medical officer for the district. Santora said the district has 25 studios featuring Read More »

National Influenza Vaccination Week

December 7-13, 2014, has been declared National Influenza Vaccination Week by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). This national observance was established to help spread awareness about influenza and educate the public on how best to contain the virus. According to the CDC website, influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Read More »

Whooping Cough Cases Increase Dramatically in California

California is facing its worst rash of whooping cough cases in decades. Dr. Kathleen Harriman is chief of the Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Epidemiology Section, for the California Department of Public Health. “Through the end of November of this year, we’ve had close to 10,000 cases reported in California. So, we’ve surpassed the number that we had Read More »

Mobile Health Faces a Bumpy Road in Rural California

Steering along washed-out roads in California’s southern Sierra, Earl Ferguson gets excited when he sees white plastic stakes sticking up from the ground along the way. They’re markers of a new high-speed Internet line running from Barstow to Reno, which Ferguson helped to get built. The Digital 395 fiber-optic network will help businesses, schools and Read More »

ACHD and ALPHA Fund’s Commitment to Wellness

Throughout 2014, ACHD and ALPHA Fund have been committed to the health and wellness of our employees.  The Wellness Team, consisting of Diana Watts and Sheila Johnston, created a plan for the year to inspire, motivate and highlight the wellness accomplishments of the ACHD and ALPHA Fund staff. In addition to coming up with monthly Read More »