Health

Shoo The Flu germ mascots waiting for AC Transit

Alameda County works to “Shoo the Flu”

To help combat the spread of the flu, in October, the Alameda County Public Health Department will launch their Shoo the Flu campaign and offer free vaccinations to children in 110 public schools throughout Oakland.
A volunteer for the last five years, Marsha Felton boxes up supplies in MedShare's San Leandro warehouse. (Photo by Pallavi Somusetty)

MedShare saves surgical tools from landfills

What happens to the unused surgical tools from Kaiser Oakland’s operating room? They end up at healthcare agencies such as Roots Community Health Center in Oakland, CA, one of 20 safety net clinics in the...
Posters advertise the Drug Take Back event, which was held at the Alameda County Family Justice Center on Sept. 27.
Photo by Nicole A. West

Oaklanders surrender heaps of drugs to feds in Drug Take-Back Day

The sidewalk at Telegraph and 27th Avenue was lined with signs reading, “Got Drugs?” and, “¿Tiene drogas?” The bilingual placards marked the site of the nation’s ninth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, where the U.S....
Supervisor Chan presented an award of gratitude to Peter Lee at a ceremony Wednesday.

Covered California enrollments are on the rise, but challenges remain

The number of uninsured California residents has dropped from 22 percent to 11 percent. But challenges remain for the Affordable Care Act, especially for families with mixed immigration status.
The Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccine.  Mothers are now advised to get a Tdap booster during every pregnancy to pass pertussis antibodies on to their newborns.

Lack of parents’ time, insurance, and trust leaves some Bay Area children unvaccinated

Local health officials are urging parents to immunize their children against pertussis—the scientific name for whooping cough—and other vaccine-preventable diseases. But that is a tall order in a region where some families still have limited...
Protesters can be seen speaking and holding signs to oppose a proposed crematorium. Photo by Nigel Manuel

No new crematoria, say council and demonstrators

Oakland residents showed support at last night's City Council meeting for an ordinance that limits the construction of new crematoria. Councilmembers also voted on a Jack London Square redevelopment and recognized community volunteers and organizations.
Alexis Johnson, aka L.D.D.B., raps about food justice. Photo courtesy of Muse Video.

Using rap and music videos, youth fight fast food addiction

Young artists, including rapper Alexis Johnson, create a music video warning fellow youth about the health dangers of fast food.
Crisis Support Services of Oakland, CA counsels youth with suicidal thoughts by text message. Photo courtesy of Crisis Support Services.

Meeting teens where they are: Suicide prevention by text message

Alameda County teenagers struggling with suicidal thoughts can find help by sending a text message.
A Planting Justice volunteer "tickles" the roots of a plant for a newly-built herb garden.

Planting Justice builds edible gardens for urban dwellers

Oakland-based grassroots organization builds edible gardens to grow sustainable food, create jobs, and build community.