People that live and work in Oakland know that the number of homeless encampments in the city has been on the rise for several years. Between 2015 and 2017, the number of unsheltered residents in Oakland has increased by 26 percent. (Sutter Health News)
UCSF Health and John Muir Health have signed a letter of intent to develop a cancer network designed to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment for patients throughout the East Bay. The joint East Bay Cancer Network will include development of distinguished disease-specific treatment capabilities, expanded clinical trial enrollment, and precision medicine offerings. (UCSF)
Being homeless can be like living in a third world country, or in an earlier century. Nowhere is this more true than with medicine.
This is the main reason behind volunteers from Vallejo Together, Touro University, and Kaiser Permanente Vallejo building a mobile medical unit — set to launch this weekend — to serve Vallejo’s homeless population. (Times-Herald)
So far, the opioid crisis hasn’t hit California as badly as many Eastern and Midwestern states. But with deadly synthetic fentanyl spreading there, Highland Hospital in Oakland is trying a new way of getting addicted patients into treatment. Those who come to its emergency room in withdrawal or with another medical problem are offered an initial dose of buprenorphine, a medication that staves off withdrawal symptoms and cravings. (New York Times)
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Rebecca came to the Hospital Council in 2000 from Kaiser Permanente, where she was the Community and Government Relations Representative for the North East Bay Service Area. In this position, she developed and strengthened relationships with federal, state, and local elected officials, their staffs, and community and business leaders. Prior to her position with Kaiser, Rebecca served as Legislative Assistant for U.S.
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