East Bay AIDS Center Gets $6 Million to Address Growing Risk of HIV Among Young Men of Color

Posted on Sep 29, 2014

Sutter Health’s East Bay AIDS Center (EBAC) at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is the only Northern California team of investigators to receive a $6 million state-sponsored grant to explore how best to implement an HIV prevention pill among high-risk HIV-uninfected young people.

HIV infection rates are rising, especially among young African-American men who have sex with men, and among other young gay men of color in Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley and other East Bay communities.

“We want to break down barriers preventing young people from seeking help and reduce the impact of HIV on our community,” says Jeffrey Burack, M.D., M.P.P., principal investigator and co-medical director of EBAC. “Through our outreach and education program we want to identify individuals who should be tested and who may not have access to compassionate, non-judgmental sexual health care. If you are HIV negative, we want to help you develop a personalized plan to stay negative. If you are positive, we want to help get you into successful treatment.”

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Korean Health Conference

Posted on Sep 19, 2014

Korean Cancer ConferenceYou are cordially invited to attend the 4th Annual
Korean Health Conference. Come learn about important health information and take advantage of a variety of health screenings and resources.

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Samuel Merritt University
Health Education Center
400 Hawthorne Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

Registration is FREE, but space is limited. Please call 510-206-8529 to register.

6th Annual Ethnic Health Institute Family Caregivers Town Hall

Posted on Sep 19, 2014

6th Annual EHI Caregiver Town Hall

If you are caring for a loved one, please join us for a day of information,
support and resources. You will learn specific techniques for self-care
and discover creative and practical outlets to express your feelings and
manage your stress.

When:
Saturday, Oct. 18
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where:
Samuel Merritt University
Bechtel Room
400 Hawthorne Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

To reserve your space for this free community event, please
RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 15 to 877-390-9000 or email
to GonzalC92@sutterhealth.org

Facts about Enterovirus D68

Posted on Sep 11, 2014

Widespread news coverage has heightened concerns about a viral respiratory infection illness in children. Since mid-August, more than 150 people from 22 states were confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68); some have required care in the intensive care unit.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has identified EV-D68 as the cause. Most patients are under five years of age and most who have had serious disease have had a history of asthma.

Enteroviruses are common in late summer, but this particular virus and its affect on children is unusual.

According to John Swartzberg, M.D., Alta Bates Summit infectious disease specialist, the virus was first identified in 1962 and has been reported uncommonly until recently. Symptoms usually resemble a “summer cold” and generally don’t include a fever.

“Kids who are hospitalized are often in the ICU to assure adequate respiratory therapy while the body’s immune system resolves the infection from the virus,” Swartzberg says.

Here are answers to some basic questions:

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Brown Is The New Green

Posted on Sep 8, 2014

Water is vital to caring for patients, maintaining proper hygiene and keeping a clean environment. So, how can health care facilities join the common effort to conserve water?

Landscaping, irrigation and outdoor washing have been reduced and all Sutter Health facilities are reviewing water consumption and looking for ways to save.

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“I think the public expects to see that rather than lush green lawns during a drought,” says Susan Frank, president of Suma Landscaping Inc., which maintains the grounds at all Alta Bates Summit campuses.

The goal is to permanently reduce water use while providing patients with high-quality care and personal service.

Below are the steps taken to conserve water across the Sutter Health East Bay Region:

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

  •         Drought resistant and native vegetation at the new Merritt Pavilion
  •         Landscaping and irrigation systems designed to reduce water consumption
  •         Irrigation systems monitored
  •         Lawn watering limited to two or three days a week
  •         Water-saving plumbing fixtures in the new Merritt Pavilion on the Summit Campus

Eden Medical Center

  •         Drought resistant and native vegetation

Sutter Delta Medical Center

  •         Irrigation system surveyed and repaired
  •         Watering reduced from five days a week to two days a week
  •         Duration of watering reduced to five to six minutes from eight to 10 minutes

Walk with a Doc

Posted on Aug 27, 2014

08-27-2014 Walk with a Doc - SingleTake a STEP toward better HEALTH

This free event offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to walk alongside physicians and medical professionals in an effort to unite the community towards health and wellness. After all, walking as little as 30 minutes can reduce your risk of heart disease, weight gain and other preventable conditions! Join us for a two-mile walk for your health and wellness!

When: Saturday, September 13
Where: San Pablo Park, Berkeley
Time: 11 a.m. (Register & Blood Pressure Screenings) 1 to 2 p.m. (Heart Talk and Walk)

  • Walk-ins and pets are welcome
  • Prizes, refreshments, games and more!

Contact Gin Hansson at GHansson@lifelongmedical.org to pre-register, volunteer, or for more information.

Screen and Your Sleep: The Impact of Nighttime Use

Posted on Aug 1, 2014

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We use electronic devices in every room – should we keep our electronics out of the bedroom? Sleep specialist Joanna Cooper, M.D., will discuss the most current findings regarding the effect of electronic devices on our sleep.

According to Dr. Cooper, a neurologist with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, the timing of sleep and wakefulness is controlled by two areas in the brain. One is highly sensitive to light and drives wakefulness, while the other (the pineal gland) secretes melatonin when the light dims in the evening. Thus we humans are programmed to fall asleep after dark.

Joanna Cooper

Dr. Joanna Cooper, will discuss the effects of electronic devices on sleep at a free presentation on Tuesday, August 26.

When: Tuesday, August 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
To reserve a seat, call (510) 869-6737 or click here to register online.
Where: Claremont Hotel, Monterey Room, located at 41 Tunnel Road in Berkeley.