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Community Health Assessment & Related Public Forums

The Yolo County Health Department, through the Healthy Yolo campaign, is working on the Healthy Yolo 2014 Community Health Assessment.  The Community Health Assessment is the process used to examine the health of Yolo County and to identify areas where organizations, policy-makers and residents can work together to improve our community’s health.  Gathering and reviewing statistical information, such as the rate of deaths from heart disease and prevalence of risk factors that affect health outcomes, is complete.  The next step is to share this information with residents and seek their input regarding the health of our community.

2014 Weekly Challenge #12: Declutter and get ready to SWAP!

2014 Weekly Challenge #12: Declutter and get ready to SWAP!

2014 Weekly Challenge #12: Declutter and get ready to SWAP!

This week’s challenge is to de-clutter your closets!

The Mama Bootcamp Clothing Swap is coming soon - Sunday May 4, 2014 to be exact!  Clear your closet and bring clothing to your  Bootcamp Coach.  All the Mamas will be given an opportunity to "shop" through the donated items on May 4 and take what they need to fit their healthier bodies.  You don't need to donate to shop, but the more donations we have, the more variety and opportunity there will be.

Public Health & Wellness Fair April 10

Public Health & Wellness Fair April 10

In celebration of National Public Health Week, April 7-14, the Yolo County Health Department invites the community to attend this year’s Public Health & Wellness Fair on Thursday April 10 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., at 137 N. Cottonwood Street in Woodland.

This free, family-friendly event includes bike helmet fittings and traffic safety games, car seat inspections, blood pressure screenings, healthy eating activities and food samples, Sidewalk CPR activities, rides on the smoothie bike, and much more.  Residents are encouraged to walk, bike, stroll or roll over to the fair and find out how public health services in Yolo County can help make America the healthiest nation in one generation.

“Join us April 10 to find out how you can take preventive measures, both big and small, in your families, neighborhoods, workplaces and schools to live longer and healthier lives,” said Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chair Don Saylor.

Karen Larsen Appointed Mental Health Director

Karen Larsen Appointed Mental Health Director

This month, the Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health welcomed Karen Larsen as the department’s new Mental Health Director and Alcohol & Drug Administrator.  Prior to her position with Yolo County, she was the Director of Behavioral Health Services for CommuniCare Health Centers, responsible for the implementation and oversight of several specialized programs for individuals struggling with mental health and substance use disorders.

Ms. Larsen is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a master’s of science in counseling from California State University Sacramento.  She has been providing services for mental health and substance use disorders for over 20 years.  She has managed several substance abuse programs throughout the region and has worked in every modality of substance abuse treatment, including detoxification, residential and outpatient.  

Survey Finds Tobacco Products Easily Available to Children in Yolo County Stores

Survey Finds Tobacco Products Easily Available to Children in Yolo County Stores

New data released today reveals that Yolo County has more stores selling flavored tobacco products than other areas in the state, and more of these stores are near schools.  These findings are part of a statewide survey on the availability and marketing of tobacco, alcohol and both unhealthy and healthy food products in stores that sell tobacco – the first time all three categories have been analyzed together.  Between July and October 2013, more than 700 public health representatives, community volunteers and youth collected data for the survey from over 7,300 diverse retail stores including convenience, supermarket, liquor, tobacco, small market, discount, drug and big-box stores.

Healthy Yolo Community Health Status and Community Themes & Strengths Assessments Now Available

Healthy Yolo Community Health Status and Community Themes & Strengths Assessments Now Available

The Yolo County Health Department, through the Healthy Yolo campaign, has completed two additional community health assessments: the Community Health Status Assessment and the Community Themes & Strengths Assessment.  The Community Health Status Assessment provides a comprehensive look at the health status and contributing factors within Yolo County.  The Community Themes & Strengths Assessment is the result of survey responses asking Yolo County residents to identify health issues that are important to them, their perceptions of the quality of life in their community, and community strengths and assets.  The assessment reports are now available at www.HealthyYolo.org.

Public Health Director Stresses the Importance of Measles Vaccination

Public Health Director Stresses the Importance of Measles Vaccination

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has received reports of 15 confirmed measles cases in California residents so far this year ..... Read More