The Our Health California digital community, supported by the California Hospital Association, sent more than 14,000 messages of gratitude across the state. See some of the doctors, nurses, and hospital staff who received California’s appreciation messages.
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Under normal circumstances, both December and January are dangerous months when it comes to the flu. It’s peak flu season — and in fact, National Flu Vaccine is observed the week of December 2-8! As you well know, this year falls outside the realm of “normal” circumstances. In the midst of a pandemic that is threatening to further burden California communities, health care workers, and hospitals, it’s even more essential to do what we can to keep flu risk low. A flu vaccine is the best way to do just that. Here are 5 things the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone should know about the flu shot:
Our Health California (OHC), CHA’s digital community of more than 1 million Californians, recently concluded an advocacy campaign to advance key behavioral health legislation — Assembly Bills (AB) 3242 and 2112. The campaign generated more than 8,000 support messages to Gov. Newsom, who has now signed both bills into law.
This week, the Health Care Heroes appreciation posters should begin arriving at hospitals, with signatures and some of the personal messages received. These posters are a symbol of the collective gratitude for all the health care heroes who continue to selflessly care for an increasing number of COVID-19 patients.
Last month, CHA launched an appreciation campaign for health care workers throughout the state, asking Californians to sign digital messages of thanks to hospital staff and their families. So far, the campaign has received more than 15,000 signatures from most ZIP codes in every county statewide.
Tom Insel, MD, behavioral health advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom, recently sat down for a one-on-one conversation with CHA’s President & CEO Carmela Coyle to discuss behavioral health care challenges across California’s 58 counties. The two discussed fundamental impediments to access to care, including lack of capacity, behavioral health care workforce shortages, getting patients the right care in the right setting, and hospitals’ role in caring for patients’ physical and behavioral health care needs.
Disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. It’s during these types of events that you can look to hospitals to lead by example.
Mary Massey, California Hospital Association’s Vice President of Emergency Management, is a pivotal force in ensuring that California hospitals have everything they need to endure the worst. Here, she outlines those steps for us, and we help you take them into your own home so you can prep like a hospital…click here to read more.
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