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Delivering classroom learnings and care to the community

Delivering classroom learnings and care to the community

 

By Kaiser Permanente

Some Kaiser Permanente registered nurses are working to advance their training, skills, and education. In the process, they are also sharing their knowledge and helping to improve lives in the community.

Some 250 Kaiser Permanente RNs across Northern California are in a program called the Nurse Scholars Academy, launched in 2015 by Kaiser Permanente as part of a broad professional development initiative.

Course work for those in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Samuel Merritt University (SMU) has some of those nursing scholars participating in a number of different projects and initiatives.

Community health organizations serving greater Sacramento receive more than $1 million in grants

Community health organizations serving greater Sacramento receive more than $1 million in grants

Kaiser Permanente recently announced $1 million in grants to health organizations in the greater Sacramento area to help increase access to care for people who are at the greatest risk for heart attacks and strokes. The grants are part of a larger $5.8 million investment aimed at expanding the reach and scope of the organization’s Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes Every day (PHASE) program, as well as additional resources to support training and technical assistance aimed at optimizing implementation of the program in community settings.

Finding resources, friendship, and support after stroke

When KP members Arturo Aleman and Hortencia Morales saw an email circulating among friends that described the symptoms of a stroke, the couple had no idea they would need that information just one week later. Morales' stroke struck in the middle of the night. She wasn’t sure what was happening.

“I thought I was talking to [Arturo]. I didn't feel any pain. I kept saying I was fine,” she said. But her husband quickly went through the stroke signs and realized his wife needed to get help. “She was in pretty bad shape. She couldn't talk, couldn’t swallow, had aphasia, couldn't move her tongue in a controlled way, she couldn't hold her arm up,” recalled Aleman.

Raising awareness of Sickle Cell disease

Raising awareness of Sickle Cell disease

Eric Foster, 21, is a college student whose goal is a career in health care. He works out at the gym most days of the week and played youth and high school sports.

You would never guess that he has a serious health condition. And that's okay with him.

"I really don't tell people I have it," said Foster, who serves as a volunteer at the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center. “I don't think most people know about it or that it affects a lot of people.”

When Foster was a baby, he was diagnosed with sickle cell disease. It's a condition that affects 100,000 people in the country.  African American infants are at especially high risk for inheriting the sickle cell trait. He has one of four types known as beta thalassemia.

$2.4 Million grant funds new project to assist people experiencing homelessness

$2.4 Million grant funds new project to assist people experiencing homelessness

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration has awarded the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency a $2,399,328 ($799,776 annually over a three-year period) Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals grant to provide intensive care to people experiencing homelessness with mental health and substance use disorders through the Extended Hope project.

Recipe of the week: Tiramisu ice cream parfaits

Recipe of the week: Tiramisu ice cream parfaits

How simple is this?  This coffee and chocolate-laced favorite is reimagined for a quick and delightful version with vanilla bean ice cream, angel food cake and freshly brewed coffee.

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Yolo County Emergency Medical Service Agency receives recognition

Yolo County Emergency Medical Service Agency receives recognition

Yolo County Emergency Medical Service Agency has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.