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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit for smoke tips and for air quality in your area

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The Health, Housing and Homeless Services Division integrates housing and homeless services across our health system; coordinates health and homeless services across county government and in the community; and works with key partners such as the Employment and Human Services Department, the Housing Authority, school districts, housing providers, law enforcement and cities to develop innovative strategies to address the community’s health and social needs.

This new division was established to meet the requirements of the Medi-Cal 2020 Waiver, which recognizes the nexus between improving population health and providing safe housing. It has new requirements for meeting the needs of our highest risk patients, many of whom are homeless. We have learned that we will never be able to end homelessness without addressing the upstream social determinants of health. Access to basic needs such as nutritious food, housing, and safe places to exercise and play have been found to impact the health of those whom we serve. The Medi-Cal 2020 Waiver requires that health systems like ours address these social needs, and funding is linked to our ability to do this successfully.