Managing Asthma from RCC Partner Cares Community Health

asthmaManaging asthma effectively involves being concerned about our air quality, controlling transportation emissions, identifying and treating asthma, eliminating smoking and second hand smoke, and for people with asthma engaging in self-care. As a community each of us can help by using public transportation, purchasing energy efficient appliances, and not smoking.

Everyone can develop asthma at any age. Asthma is an inflammation in your airways that results in the passages being narrowed, swelling and producing extra mucus which can lead to difficulty breathing. It is estimated that over 209,000 people have asthma in the Sacramento area by Breathe California. This is due in part because Sacramento’s air quality is one of the5th most polluted metropolitan area in the country. Our air quality is slowly improving with efforts from businesses, policy makers, and advocates working on this issue but more work is needed.

Asthma impacts an individuals and their families’ personal health but also other areas of their lives. Asthma is one of the leading causes of school absences and lost workdays. These absences can affect their long term education and income potential. Frequent emergency room visits and ongoing prescriptions also affect health care costs. To avoid these challenges people with asthma must regularly take steps to eliminate pollution at home, avoid triggers, and take medications as prescribed.

Common asthma symptoms are:
• Coughing, especially at night
• Wheezing — a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe
• Shortness of breath
• Chest tightness, pain, or pressure
• Faster breathing or noisy breathing

Asthma triggers include:
• Outdoor air pollution
• Airborne allergens, such as pollen, animal dander, mold, cockroaches and dust mites
• Respiratory infections, such as the common cold, flu, sinus infections, and pneumonia
• Air pollutants and irritants, such as smoke from fireplaces or tobacco products
• Certain medications, including beta blockers, aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen
• Strong emotions and stress

Asthma is an on-going condition that can be managed effectively. Common issues in managing asthma may be recognizing when crisis occur (e.g. seasonal, during activities, or after illness) and identifying when to increase medication. Use an action plan to aid you in recording triggers, symptoms, and medication usage. Work with your medical providers, family, and community to make improvements for your health, home, and environment a priority.

Asthma classes: FREE and open to the public by Breathe California.
1. April 17th at 10:30am at Vineland Head Start
2. April 24th at 4:30pm at Strizek Head Start

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Opening Our Doors – Wide Open!

Cares_LOGO_rgb_transparent_pngFor the last 25 years CARES has been the leader for HIV care in Sacramento. We’re proud of that legacy and have no intention of changing our commitment to comprehensive care for people with HIV/AIDS. But with the changes mandated by the Affordable Care Act, we have had no choice but to broaden our scope.

That means that CARES is now Cares Community Health, a comprehensive primary care clinic open to everyone!

Sacramento now has a clinic that understands the issues of gay men and women.  You don’t have to hesitate about telling our doctors who you have sex with. You don’t have to hesitate when discussing your partner. We are gay-friendly and proud of it.

What does Cares Community Health offer?  Here is a list of our services:

Primary Medical Care
Infectious Disease Care
Nutritional Counseling
Psychiatry & Mental Health Counseling
Substance Abuse Treatment
On Site Pharmacy & Laboratory
Benefits Counseling
Community Resource Connection
Referrals to Specialty Care
Free HIV/STD Testing

We take most major insurance plans. If you need help finding care under the Affordable Care Act, we can help with that, too.

We’re conveniently located in Midtown at 1500 21st Street (between O and P Streets).

Call us at 916 443-3299 to schedule an appointment today.

www.CaresCommunityHealth.org

 

WHA/UC Davis Executive Leadership Scholarship Winners Report

The UC Davis Executive Leadership Program is winding up this week, with the last session of the 10-week personal and professional growth experience on May 16.

Following a competitive selection process, Rainbow Chamber members Glen Chadwell of Bloodsource and Dr. Kelly Byam of Abel Pet Clinic won full scholarships to the program, an exclusive opportunity for RCC members made possible thanks to a generous partnership between Western Health Advantage and UC Davis Extension. Chadwell and Byam were selected from more than 25 applicants for the scholarships, valued at $5,000 each.

“I’m grateful to have the scholarship and the opportunity to enhance my leadership skills,” Chadwell said. “I’m having a great time learning and participating in such rich discussions. Our class is a diverse group of people from many different industries in the Sacramento area. It’s made for a great learning experience.”

“Being in this class alongside many other business leaders has been inspirational, and the materials offered can be life changing,” Byam said. “It has been an honor to represent my company and the Rainbow Chamber here.”

The UC Davis Executive Leadership Program is designed to help participants master practical tools and techniques designed to turn successful managers and executives into exceptional leaders; learn from experienced business professionals who understand the leadership challenges that arise every day; engage in real-world case studies, hands-on exercises and insightful peer discussions that have an immediate, positive impact on the way one leads. All course materials and gourmet meals are provided to program participants. For more information about the program, visit http://extension.ucdavis.edu/unit/business_and_management/executive_program/index.asp.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to invest in the development of future leadership within a vibrant community that is playing an increasingly important role in the economic growth of the Sacramento region,” said Rick Heron, chief marketing and brand officer for Western Health Advantage. “By providing this scholarship opportunity, we aim to both strengthen our company’s partnership with the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and support the diversity that is a driver of economic growth and prosperity.”

“Leadership is an essential, teachable skill that transforms organizations and individuals,” said Sharon Huntsman, director of the UC Davis Executive Leadership Program. “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to help grow the leadership capacity of Sacramento’s LGBT community.”

 

Western Health Advantage, UCD Extension Offer 2 New $5000 Scholarships to RCC Members

Western Health Advantage and UC Davis Extension are co-sponsors of two new Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce scholarships to the UC Davis Executive Leadership Program. The two competitive scholarships, valued at $5,000 each, will be offered exclusively to members of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce in 2013.

Western Health Advantage“On behalf of our board and Chamber members, we are immensely honored at the confidence these two great partners, Western Health Advantage and UC Davis Extension, have placed in us,” said Dr. Darrick Lawson, president of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce. “It is only in recent years that the contributions LGBT business owners, professionals and community leaders have been broadly recognized. We know this tremendous new opportunity for learning and growth will benefit both our LGBT community and the Greater Sacramento
community as well.”

The UC Davis Executive Leadership Program is an intensive 10-week personal and professional growth experience meeting weekly on Thursdays, 1:30 to 8 p.m., March 14 through May 16, 2013. Applicants must be members in good standing of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and may apply online at  https://extension.ucdavis.edu/unit/business_and_management/executive_program/index.asp. Deadline to submit applications is Feb. 1, 2013.

“Leadership is an essential, teachable skill that transforms organizations and individuals,” said Sharon Huntsman, director of the UC Davis Executive Leadership Program. “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to help grow the leadership capacity of Sacramento’s LGBT community.”

UC David Extension Executive Leadership ProgramThe UC Davis Executive Leadership Program is designed to help participants master practical tools and techniques designed to turn successful managers and executives into exceptional leaders; learn from experienced business professionals who understand the leadership challenges you face every day; engage in real-world case studies, hands-on exercises and insightful peer discussions that have an immediate, positive impact on the way you lead. All course materials and gourmet meals are provided to program participants. For more information about the program, visit http://extension.ucdavis.edu/unit/business_and_management/executive_program/index.asp.

Western Health Advantage, a long-time RCC corporate partner, is a not-for-profit health plan created some 15 years ago by local doctors and their hospitals, offering a refreshing alternative to the expensive bureaucracy of national HMOs. For more information, visit http://www.westernhealth.com/welcome.cfm.

 

LGBT Business Community Represented at Sacramento Inclusion &Diversity Conference 2012

Sacramento Regional Inclusion Diversity Conference 2012

Sacramento Inclusion & Diversity Conference 2012 at the Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa

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LGBT Business Community Represented at Sacramento Inclusion & Diversity Conference 2012

Two proud corporate members of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce: Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and Vision Service Plan (VSP) hosted the Sacramento Inclusion & Diversity Conference 2012 at the Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa.

Inclusion & Diversity are about creating an environment in which employees share a sense of belonging, mutual respect, being valued for who they are so that they can become engaged to do their best work.

Our very own Bonnie Osborn, Board President, proudly represented SRCC on a panel of regional chambers leaders engaging with moderator Fred Millar, Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board Chair, and conference attendees.