Our Health California

Five Things You Should Know About the Flu Shot

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:

Posters Honor Hospital and Health Care Workers

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. 

CHA’s Coyle Discusses Behavioral Health With Governor’s Mental Health Czar

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.

Prep Like a Hospital

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.