East Bay Partnership Wins Inaugural BUILD Health Challenge Funds

Posted on Jun 9, 2015

mom daughterA community collaboration led by East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Alameda County Public Health Department and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has been recognized as a national leader in promoting health.

The San Pablo Area Revitalization Collaborative of Oakland is among seven winners nationwide to receive $250,000 over two years to promote economic development and reduce health disparities in West Oakland.

“Sutter Health is part of a network of pioneers in collaborative community health,” says Mindy Landmark, Sutter Health Bay Area regional lead for community benefit and community health improvement. “Together, we are changing health care.”

Led by the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Alameda County Public Health Department and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, the funds will be used to strengthen existing partnerships, jump-start more advanced health data and analytics initiatives and expand their impact.

BUILD Health Challenge was founded by The Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to encourage community partnerships among local non-profit organizations, hospitals and health systems, and health departments to improve the health and well-being of their residents.

The BUILD Health Challenge will provide technical assistance for awardees in policy development, monitoring and evaluation.

 

Tele-Care Celebrates 45 Years of Lifesaving Relationships

Posted on Jun 9, 2015

women on phoneVolunteers Call Hundreds in Bay Area Each Day to Provide Caring Connection

On Thursday, June 11, Tele-Care volunteers, clients and members of the community will gather at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland to celebrate 45 years of relationships made and nurtured over the telephone.

Every day, Tele-Care volunteers make hundreds of phone calls to members of the community who have signed up for this unique, free service. Check-in calls are made 365 days a year to more than 300 clients in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties. Read More

Insight into Flibanserin, Women’s Libido Drug

Posted on Jun 5, 2015

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Risa Kagan, M.D., is nationally recognized for her work in the field of menopause.

Alta Bates Summit and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation OB/GYN, Risa Kagan, M.D., was  a principal investigator for flibanserin, a women’s libido drug that has taken a step toward FDA approval.

On June 4, the FDA’s joint meeting of the Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee determined by an 18 to 6 vote that the benefit/risk profile of flibanserin supports FDA approval of the new drug for treatment of low libido in premenopausal women — if certain risk management options beyond labeling are implemented.

“There are currently no drugs approved for female sexual function (while there are 26 drugs approved for males). With this vote we are one step closer to having an approved option for women,” Kagan says.

“We can have a safety discussion that is well-informed, monitored and updated, as opposed to the quackery and off-label treatments patients currently resort to,” she adds.

Dr. Kagan’s  research was done in conjunction with Alta Bates Summit’s REDI (Jordan Research and Education Institute).

Join Us in the Fight to Knock Out Diabetes

Posted on Jun 1, 2015

Together, we can prevent – and knock out – diabetes!

Join us for this free event:

  • Boxing workshops
  • Healthy Filipino food demonstrations
  • Health screenings and community resources

For additional information, call 510-869-8223.

Knock out diabetes eventWhere & When

Date June 27, 2015
Time 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cost Free
Venue The Kennel Boxing Gym
Address 3051 Teagarden St.
San Leandro, CA 94577

Class Registration

Register online by June 22.

Register Online

Learn About Alternatives for Coping with Chronic Pain

Posted on Jun 1, 2015

Young East Bay woman with shoulder painLearn how alternative treatments can combine with or replace pain medications — without side effects. Join Shefali Patel, Ph.D., Alta Bates Summit neuropsychologist, for a presentation on alternatives for coping with chronic pain, such as relaxation exercises and guided imagery.

Where & When

Date June 9, 2015
Speaker
Shefali Patel, Ph.D.
Neuropsychologist
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Maffly Auditorium, Herrick Campus
2001 Dwight Way, Berkeley
Time 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost Free

Class Registration

Call 510-204-4503.

Ask An Expert About Endoscopic Ultrasound

Posted on May 26, 2015

Vinod K. Kurupath, M.D.

Vinod K. Kurupath, M.D.

Vinod K. Kurupath, M.D.

Gastroenterology

Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation

I have been diagnosed with a digestive disorder and I may be a candidate for an endoscopic ultrasound. What are the benefits of this procedure?

 In conventional endoscopy, the gastroenterologist can only view the innermost lining of the digestive tract. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) allows a doctor to get very close to the gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, liver and gallbladder and look beyond the inner layers. Read More

Attend Our Monthly Stroke Education and Support Group

Posted on May 25, 2015

newrehab Greba on treadmillOn June 2, learn about rehabilitation, coping techniques, stroke prevention and other resources at this education and support group for stroke survivors, their families and friends.

The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 4-5 p.m. at the Summit campus, at 350 Hawthorne Ave. in Oakland.

Learn about Regional Rehabilitation Services at Alta Bates Summit.