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 cchealth.org for smoke tips and airnow.gov for air quality in your area
"This program is about uplifting the parents and ensuring we have an equal partnership in establishing what their future plans are for themselves and their child(ren). We don't tell them what to do. We empower them to make better choices so that they are productive citizens." - Jeannie Cummings, Lift Every Voice
Important Things to Know:
The number of women in prison has doubled in the last 20 years.
African American women are disproportionately represented in prison.
Jeannie Cummings, MA
Medical Social Worker II
Lift Every Voice offers many benefits to the Department of Corrections:
Mothers have an objective person to discuss their concerns with, and who is not affiliated with the criminal justice system.
Serious medical or mental health conditions are often shared with the Lift Every Voice program coordinator that may not be disclosed to a medical provider, which allows primary care physicians to receive crucial information about their client's health and needs.
Lift Every Voice provides immediate crisis support to mothers, diffusing tense situations, and reducing their stress and anxiety.
Lift Every Voice provides invaluable resources to pregnant women and their baby(ies) including medical coverage.
Shackling pregnant women during Labor and Delivery in California has been illegal since January 2006. It was not being implemented at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (CCRMC). Lift Every Voice (LEV) initiated meetings with several Lieutenants and then the Commander to implement the policy at CCRMC.
As a result of a letter written by a LEV client and LEV support and follow-up, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and Assemblywoman Skinner (Berkeley) introduced a bill to abolish shackling of pregnant women at anytime. AB1900 passed the Assembly and the Senate, but was vetoed by the former Governor. It was re-submitted as AB568 (Skinner Bill) for the current Governor's signature and was vetoed October 9, 2011. For the third straight year, it was submitted as AB2530 and went into effect January 1, 2013.