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February 09, 2022 | Department of Health Services

Love and Sex and Sexually Transmitted Infection. PrEP for Women and During Pregnancy.

STIs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis, increase the risk for HIV; women are under prescribed PrEP to protect against HIV infection. STD-HIV screening in pregnancy and 2021 STI treatment guidelines. Read full story

January 26, 2022 | Department of Health Services

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, data, training, patient information

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. The Sonoma County birthing community reports alcohol use rates twice the state average. There is no "safe" amount of alcohol use during pregnancy. Learn more, access patient handouts, link to trainings for medical professionals. Read full story

January 19, 2022 | Department of Health Services

Financial literacy and financial well-being are important to overall health.

Learn more about the link between financial literacy and overall health and wellness, and access resources for financial wellness and emergency financial support. Read full story

January 12, 2022 | Department of Health Services

Birth Defects. Learn more about what causes, and how to prevent, Birth Defects.

Not all birth defects are preventable, but healthy lifestyle choices lower the risk of birth defects. A combination of Exposures and Risk Factors contribute to raising or reducing the chances of birth defects. Learn more about lowering the risks of birth defects: Read full story

January 05, 2022 | Department of Health Services

Covid updates: Vaccination during pregnancy talking points, new booster requirements and isolations guidelines.

Local, State and CDC Covid updates for the perinatal community. New MCH vaccination in pregnancy talking points, the difference between antigen and PCR tests. Will Covid become endemic? Is Covid causing developmental delays in kids? Read full story

December 21, 2021 | Department of Health Services

New research and educational opportunities for perinatal professionals

Perinatal Covid vaccination updates. Cal AIM changes explained, the new doula benefit and free CHW training. Updates on hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, paid leave, and the White House Call to Action to Reduce Maternal Morbidity and Mortality. Read full story

December 08, 2021 | Department of Health Services

Holidays can be challenging in so many ways. Keep everyone entertained with these free virtual activities. Learn where to access local food support and mental health resources.

Free virtual family programs, from a kids book writing class to exciting air and space topics. Or maybe you want to learn how to host a virtual party? We also list resources for the local food bank and Buckelew Free Family Support Programs. Read full story

December 01, 2021 | Department of Health Services

Words Matter, learn more about Recovery Oriented language.

The words we use affect our brain chemistry and the brains of those we speak to. Recovery oriented language supports healing. Read full story

November 17, 2021 | Department of Health Services

Secondary Traumatic Stress is treatable and maybe even preventable

Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) can happen when care providers listen to the stories of traumatic events experienced by clients. Take the STS assessment. Read full story

November 10, 2021 | Department of Health Services

Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Supports Fathers!

Fathers need support too! Learn more about father's risks for postpartum depression and resources to help fathers thrive. Read full story