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Let’s Get Healthy California announces local innovations to improve California’s health

Jan. 18, 2017 - The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that 12 community-based health innovations have been selected as finalists in the Innovation Challenge 2.0... Read More

CDPH issues penalties to 14 hospitals

Jan. 5, 2017-– The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued 15 penalties today to 14 California hospitals along with fines totaling $913,550... Read More

CDPH warns consumers not to eat sport-harvested bivalve shellfish from Mendocino County

February 2, 2017 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) advises consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Mendocino County... Read More

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.

CDPH lifts rock crab health advisory in portions of San Mateo County - South of Pillar Point

January 25, 2017 - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lifted the health advisory for rock crabs caught in state waters in all areas south of Latitude 37° 30’ N, near Pillar Point... Read More

CDPH launches mobile website for WIC participants

Jan. 23, 2017 - – The California Department of Public Health launched a new, mobile-friendly website for families participating in the Women, Infants and Children Program... Read More

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.