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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Children’s Fund holds 27th Annual Celebration of Giving Campaign

children's fundDear Friend,

Thank you, in advance, for your generous support of our 27th Annual Celebration of Giving Campaign Holiday Gift & Toy Drive.  Working together, we continue to provide a bright future for the children we serve, because we believe they are strong and resilient.  A holiday gift of toys, clothes, or books can serve as a profound reminder that others care for them, no matter their circumstance.  Last year, due to the generosity of individuals like you, thousands of children received a meaningful gift during the holidays. For some of these precious children, this was the only gift they received.

We invite you to join us again this year, as we raise funds and gifts for the children throughout San Bernardino County who need our generosity and support this holiday season.  Please click here for details.

Thank you so much for demonstrating your holiday spirit and believing in the children we serve!

Stacy Iverson

Interim President & CEO

 

Health inspection scores now available on Yelp

foodphotoRestaurant inspection grades are now available on Yelp business pages, through a partnership between the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) and the popular review site Yelp. The collaboration was part of Yelp’s initiative to allow local municipalities to display their health inspection data on the site alongside other business attributes such as service quality, parking availability, and business hours.

“Health inspection reports have been available on our web site since 2006,” said DEHS Division Chief Corwin Porter. “Although many people use our web site to find these reports, many more people use Yelp as a go-to resource for information about local businesses. We are grateful to Yelp for helping us in our efforts to improve public access to our valuable inspection data.”

The A, B, and C grades posted on food facility windows and doors are based on compliance with health and safety regulations. Consumers who visit Yelp to look at restaurant reviews will also be able to see the restaurant’s latest inspection letter grade and any violations and/or corrections. All San Bernardino County restaurants’ inspection data for the last two years are currently available on Yelp.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 48 million people become sick from foodborne illness each year, causing 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths annually. Almost half of reported foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States occur in restaurant settings.

“We are always striving to find new and innovative ways to better protect public health and safety through making data available to the public,” said DEHS Program Manager Josh Dugas. “The idea is to empower consumers to make informed decisions about where they eat. We are excited about this collaboration with Yelp and what it means for our residents and visitors.”

The services provided by DEHS are in line with the Countywide Vision to protect the health and safety of residents and visitors. Information on the Countywide Vision, Job Statement, and Paradigm can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.

For more information please contact DEHS at (800) 442-2283 or visit www.sbcounty.gov/dph/dehs.

Health Advisory: County urges residents to get flu vaccine

flushotThe San Bernardino County Department of Public Health urges residents to prepare for the upcoming flu season by getting a flu vaccine.

The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated. “Early vaccination will provide protection throughout flu season and into the spring,”said Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, Health Officer. “It is also important for residents to use their flu vaccination visit to get up-to-date on other vaccines they may need, including the pneumococcal vaccine. Adults over 50 are at higher risk of serious complications from flu and adults 65 years or older are now recommended two pneumococcal vaccines. This is the perfect time for our adult residents to assess their immunization history.”

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu can cause severe disease across all age groups. Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every flu season: Nov. 1 to March 31. Vaccination should begin as soon as vaccine becomes available in early fall.

Flu is very contagious. To stop the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses:

  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and throw the tissue in the trash after use.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after a cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers may be used if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay home from work or school if you get sick and limit contact with others.

Talk to your medical care provider regarding flu vaccination and to make sure you are up-to-date on other recommended vaccines.

Pneumococcal disease can cause severe infections of the lungs (pneumonia), bloodstream (bacteremia), and lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis). The best way to prevent pneumococcal disease is by getting vaccinated. Both the pneumococcal and flu vaccine is available at County Public Health clinics for those with no insurance or whose insurance does not cover the vaccine.

To make an appointment to receive the flu or pneumococcal vaccine at one of the Public Health Centers, call 1-800-722-4777 or visit the Public Health webpage at http://www.sbcounty.gov/dph . To find a vaccine provider nearest you visit http://flushot.healthmap.org. For more information about the flu and pneumococcal vaccine contact the Communicable Disease Section at 1-800-722-4794.

Ghost Dinosaurs at the County Museum

GHOSTDINO2015dingieHalloween makes you think about spooks and goblins and, at the San Bernardino County Museum, Ghost Dinosaurs! Families are invited to wear their costumes and start Halloween at Ghost Dinosaur Day on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All activities are included with paid museum admission.

Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. make dinosaur masks to take home and try out other spooktacular crafts. At 2 p.m., guest lecturer Eric Scott, Associate Curator at Orange County’s Cooper Center, will finish off the Halloween program with a weird dinosaur talk for all ages, “Ghost Dinosaurs: Haunted by Lost Monsters.”

Ghost Dinosaurs, and the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under 5 and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Health Officer issues heat advisory for weekend

Rising TemperatureWith above average temperatures expected this weekend, the County of San Bernardino Health Officer Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare has issued a heat advisory.Temperatures will peak on Friday 10 to 20 degrees above normal for this time of year, with very slight cooling Saturday through Sunday.

“While this magnitude of heat is not especially unusual, the recent cool weather could cause some people to be caught off guard, especially those most susceptible to heat illness.”  Said Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare Health Officer. “Those most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with chronic medical conditions.”

High or unusually hot temperatures can affect your health. Take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke by following the tips below.

Stay cool

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Find an air-conditioned Cooling Center open to the public by dialing the United Way’s toll-free resource telephone line at 2-1-1, or online at http://211sb.org/cooling-centers
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
  • Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.

 

Stay hydrated

  • Drink water more than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Make sure your family, friends and neighbors are drinking enough water.

For more information on the extreme heat visit the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health website at http://www.sbcounty.gov/dph  Or visit the California Department of Public Health website at: http://www.bepreparedcalifornia.ca.gov/BeInformed/NaturalDisasters/ExtremeHeat/Pages/ExtremeHeat.aspx

Build! Play! Learn! at the County Museum

buildplaylearndingieA special Family Fun Day, “Build, Play, Learn,” at the County Museum on Saturday, Oct. 24 from noon to 4 p.m. will celebrate the opening of a new exhibit, “Welcome to Our World.” All activities are included with paid museum admission; lunch will be available for purchase.

“We are installing new exhibits on the ramps that connect our exhibit halls,” said Leonard Hernandez, the museum’s interim director. “Like the ramps, the exhibits themselves will provide connections—in this case, interpretive connections between our galleries to help visitors orient themselves within the museum. The ‘Welcome to Our World’ ramps will provide thematic introductions to our exhibits and help visitors discover the wonderful cultural and natural history of our region.”

New exhibits will open along two of the museum’s four ramps. One set of displays will explore animals in their natural habitats and introduce visitors to the displays in the Mammal Hall. The second ramp exhibits, sponsored in part by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, invite visitors to think about humans living in the natural world and provide an introduction to the Anthropology Hall. Displays along the two additional ramps are slated to open in the spring of 2016.

“Build, Play, Learn” is a special day for families that will focus on STEM learning: hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math. Visitors will build with giant blocks, make arrowheads, walk on water with bubble rollers, encounter live animals, participate in a variety of crafts, and enjoy a balloon artist. Spectacular Science shows are also scheduled: “Crazy About Chemistry” at 12:30 p.m., “Bubble-ology” at 1:30 p.m., and “It’s Not Magic, It’s Science” at 2:30 p.m.

Build, Play, Learn and the new Welcome Ramps, along with the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits, reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors. “Welcome to Our World” is sponsored in part by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the San Bernardino County Museum Association.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under 5 and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Diversity and inclusion topics of County EOC forum

sb_cologo-full_color (1)The County’s Equal Opportunity Commission recently conducted its 5th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Forum, “Facing the Crossroads of Diversity & Inclusion.”

The event was attended by many of the County’s top officials and featured presentations by key local educators and other community leaders.

Topics included the value of diversity in decision-making, the value of diversity in an organization’s mission, and demographic trends in San Bernardino County.

The forum demonstrates the County’s commitment to inclusion and diversity.

Free flu shot clinic at ARMC on Oct. 24

flushotArrowhead Regional Medical Center is holding a free flu shot clinic at 8 a.m. on Oct. 24 for people who are uninsured or underinsured.

The first 500 people to attend will receive a free flu shot at the Oak Room on the first floor of ARMC, 400 North Pepper Avenue in Colton.

Flu season is here again and ARMC would like to help people stay healthy. Every year in the United States, influenza viruses are responsible for more than 200,000 hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. Come to ARMC for a free flu shot and learn practical tips that will help families take the right precautions to stay healthy this winter.

Refreshments will be served.

Project Connect event today for homeless and low-income families

Upland 2015 PROJECT CONNECT Flyer PIO rev  7 15 15 (4)The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership and Upland Homeless Stakeholders invite homeless and low-income families to attend Upland Project Connect today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Upland Project Connect is a free resource event which will be held at Upland Memorial Park in the Attwood picnic area along Foothill Boulevard between Hospital Park Way and Grove.

Complimentary lunch will be provided for the first 400 participants.

Free on site services, resources and referrals for low income individuals and families may include:
 Medical screenings
 Hygiene kits
 Child care information and services
 Senior Services
 Employment services
 Transitional Assistance Department
 Veteran’s Services
 Legal Services
 Other local resources and more

For more information, interpretation requests or disability related accommodations, please contact: Michele Bletcher at (909) 386-8231, Michele.Bletcher@dbh.sbcounty.gov, dial 2-1-1 or 7-1-1 for TTY users.

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