Food Deserts: Veronica Flores of Community Health Councils On How They Are Helping To Address The Problem of People Having Limited Access to Healthy & Affordable Food Options>>>>1 comment Share
iPrevail: Providing a Network of Support for LA County
iPrevail is a personalized and confidential online health and wellness program aimed to improve individual’s mental health and build resilience. Our programs are accessible by anyone with an internet or smart phone connection in both English and Spanish.
Individuals can chat with one of our trained Peer Coaches, enroll in one of our customized programs or interact in our online Community Groups. These services are available free to any individual who lives or works in LA County via a one-time location check when first creating an account.
Prevail Health serves a diverse population of adults and adolescents addressing a variety of behavioral health concerns, providing them on-demand support, and routing them to the care they need, through our proprietary Anywhere Based Care model.
iPrevail endeavors to make strengths-based approaches and approaches in cognitive-behavioral therapy accessible to traditionally underserved populations, such as stigmatized, low-income, under-insured, and uninsured clients.
Whether someone is looking for support, to learn about healthy habits and ways to cope with life’s stressors or to simply connect with others, iPrevail is here for them.Read more
**Opportunity for Youth interested in Digital Storytelling**
Peer Health Exchange is looking for young people (ages 18-24) who are interested in becoming Digital Storytellers, and make video content and TikToks about their health experiences! It’s PAID (including paid training) and a short time commitment. They are working to elevate stories from BIPOC communities, LGBTQ folks, and young men.
Read more about it here: https://lnkd.in/eNByg-AZ
Apply here: https://lnkd.in/eaXiUJVf
There’s also ANOTHER opportunity for young people (ages 18-24) to become volunteer Peer Health Mentors, and support the launch of a community forum on our health app, selfsea.
Read more about it here: https://lnkd.in/eCZxXkik
Apply here: https://lnkd.in/ekCaNuwy
Please share with your networks of young people!
Please visit http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/ovp/CAP_Announcements.htm for an updated list of a variety of shared announcements, community events, and available resources.
Help Prevent Reinfection by Participating in the FREE CT/GC PDPT Distribution Program!
Essential Access Health invites eligible clinics in Los Angeles County to participate in the Patient-Delivered Partner Therapy (PDPT) Distribution Program. This program provides free chlamydia and gonorrhea medication to health centers in order to treat exposed sex partners of individuals diagnosed with an STD who are unable or unlikely to visit a health center.
- Serve a population at risk for STDs
- Serve a population that is uninsured or underinsured
- Provide treatment to the index patient in the clinic or an onsite pharmacy
You can learn more about Essential Access Health’s PDPT Distribution Program at www.essentialaccess.org/pdpt.
If you have any questions about the program or would like to register your site, you can contact Crystal Cedillo at [email protected].
Statement on Behalf of the Community Advisory Coalition for WeCanStopSTDsLA on Racism and Health
Racism has been embedded in nearly every key system and structure in America, including health. The day-to-day impact of racism on the health, autonomy and overall wellbeing of people of color is painfully evident in the statistics. The numbers clearly reflect human lives in our backyard that are neglected and susceptible to egregious health inequities.
The prevalence of these health disparities, that have existed far too long, led in part to the formation of WeCanStopSTDsLA in 2012. WeCanStopSTDsLA began because of the staggering burden of STDs among young people of color, a direct result of structural racism and inequity. As a leading community coalition, we are working to reduce the STD burden on LA County youth and young adults, particularly among the most vulnerable populations in South LA, East LA and Antelope Valley by striving to give young people the tools they need to be knowledgeable, healthy, advocates and leaders in their communities.
The STD burden is staggering: in 2018, the most recent year for which we have full data, there were nearly 100,000 cases of curable STDs in LA County, of which 42% were in young people ages 15-24. In South LA, African American women ages 15-24 had Gonorrhea rates that were 7.4 times higher and Chlamydia rates that were 3.3 times higher than 15-24 year old white women. For young African American men in South LA, the rates were 3.3 and 3.4 times higher compared to young white men ages 15-24 for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, respectively.2
Despite the potential risk of contracting coronavirus and the threat of violence, many young people have put their bodies and health on the line by publicly demanding the necessary need for change. We admire their determination of this generation to make our communities safer. As people and organizations that know the impact that racism has had on health outcomes such as STDs, we support their will to fight for equity and justice, assertively responding to the historical inequities and brutality that have been inflicted on black people since the time of enslavement.
We are proud to join the forces of change for racial justice as more than just allies, but as accomplices in the fight for health equity and the reduction of the burden that STDs inflict on communities of color. Moreover, through our partners, we will walk alongside young people as they navigate towards a more just and equitable world by providing necessary tools to help make these changes. These have been our core values from the beginning and we assertively reaffirm them now.
WHAT WE STAND FOR
Justice: Advocating for respect, dignity and fairness in systems, policies, and organizations’ treatment of youth and young adults.
Compassion: Compassion for youth and young adults, without shaming, judging, blaming, or finger pointing.
Prevention: Promoting self-efficacy and the importance of preventing STDs through responsible decision making and behaviors.
Treatment: Assuring up-to-date and youth-friendly approaches to treatment, removing barriers to access, and encouraging testing and treatment.
Open Communication: Factual information and knowledge provided with cultural humility between youth and each other, and among those in the community who can support the health and wellbeing of youth and young adults (parents and family members, health care providers, faith and community leaders and others).
WHAT WE STAND AGAINST
Bias: Bias against any person based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, beliefs, income, or faith.
High Rates: High rates of STDs among young women and men in South LA, East LA and Antelope Valley.
In the spirit of the time, looking forward in the fight against STDs, the Community Advisory Coalition, which oversees the activities of WeCanStopSTDsLA, envisions a world where young people can thrive without race/ethnicity driving their health outcomes.
 Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Division of HIV and STD Programs, unpublished data
 Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, 2017 data
Join 2020 Census Digital Action Weekend — May 1-3, 2020!
It’s not too late to respond to the 2020 Census while being safe and practicing social distancing at home. Please help us spread the word about the 2020 Census, and encourage people to respond on their own if they haven’t yet done so:
- Post content on social media to show your commitment to responding to the 2020 Census. Take a look at the Resource Guide — with social media graphics, video scripts, example posts.
- Share and like posts from our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
- Visit the 2020 Census Social Hub for customizable graphics to share your support for a complete and accurate count.
- Learn about the Get Out the Count Video Prize Challenge, deadline is May 7th
Los Angeles County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Update - April 28, 2020 with information on youth in custody
COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COVID-19 Incident Update
The following report is a high level summary of the L.A. County Emergency Operation Center's COVID-19 disaster response.
This incident update includes the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 among Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department employees.
Please share this information with your family, fellow residents, municipal, state & community partners.
View the Incident Update.