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PHO Message: Notice to Review Ebola Policies and Proceders

Public Health Officer Message:  Notice to Review Ebola Policies and Procedures December 14, 2022 DOWNLOAD HERE Dear Healthcare Provider, As the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Uganda continues to evolve, San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (SBCDPH) will share new evidence and updates from CDPH and CDC. Frontline workers, including urgent care and outpatient clinics, are advised to take extreme precautions upon identification of patients with relevant exposure, history, and compatible symptoms to EVD. Immediate isolation of patients and reporting to the SBCDPH in case of a suspected EVD case is critical. Re-establishing Ebola-specific policies as part of ...

Kristy Roloff, D.O. - SBCMS 2022 Nominee for Drs. Larry Tomes & Nutria Pages Commitment to Children Award

Lights For Little Lives, created and sponsored by The Unforgettables Foundation, honors top family doctors and/or pediatricians from the Inland Empire. Winners are selected through SBCMS, RCMA and Children’s Hospital at Loma Linda University. SBCMS has selected Kristy Roloff, D.O., MS, MPH, FACOG as the “Top Doc” to be recognized by The Unforgettables Foundation for 2022. Dr. Roloff’s work in the area of maternal fetal medicine has had a tremendous positive impact upon the health of infants, pregnant mothers and families, especially those in Medi-Cal populations, in the Inland Empire. Dr. Roloff will be recognized at the Candlelight Walk on Dec. ...

CDPH Alert: Severe Monkeypox (MPX) Infection in People w/ Untreated HIV

CDPH Alert - November 08, 2022 Severe Monkeypox (MPX) Infection in People with Untreated HIV and a Weakened Immune System DOWNLOAD HERE Dear California Healthcare Providers, The monkeypox (MPX) outbreak has slowed in California thanks to the leadership of community members, healthcare providers, public health officials, and local health departments. As efforts continue to increase MPX vaccine access, a new CDC report highlights the potential severity of MPX infection in people with a weakened immune system, particularly in those with untreated HIV. The report describes cases of 57 patients hospitalized with severe MPX complications. ...

Ebola Prepardness for Frontline Webinar - November 12

Ebola Preparedness for California Frontline Healthcare Facilities: Identify, Isolate and Inform Webinar November 10, 2022 12:00pm-1:00pm DOWNLOAD FLYER The California Department of Public Health and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are pleased to present on Ebola preparedness for California frontline healthcare facilities, including real-world implementation strategies to identify, isolate and inform regarding patients with symptoms and potential exposure to Ebola. Cedars-Sinai will also provide an overview of their capacity as a Regional Special Pathogens Program. Objectives: Discuss the current Ebola outbreak status in Uganda, returning traveler monitoring, and criteria for a person under investigation (PUI) Understand expectations ...

County of San Bernardino Addresses Surge of Fentanyl Overdoses and Deaths

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 17, 2022 Contact:  Francis Delapaz; Communications Officer; (909) 520-5103; Francis.Delapaz@dph.sbcounty.gov San Bernardino County’s Public Health Officer has issued a health advisory to bring attention to the dangers of fentanyl due to a marked increase of overdose deaths in the county. Health advisories are issued to raise public awareness when a significant threat to public health is identified, along with recommendations to eliminate or mitigate the risk. In 2018, there were 30 fentanyl overdose deaths in the county. The number rose to 74 residents in 2019, and then to 227 in 2020. Last ...

Updated COVID-19 Vaccines Providing Protection Against Omicron Variant Available at No Cost

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), through CMS announced that people with Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage, private insurance coverage, or no health coverage can get COVID-19 vaccines, including the updated Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines, at no cost, for as long as the federal government continues purchasing and distributing these COVID-19 vaccines. The FDA has authorized the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech updated vaccines that target the original COVID-19 viral strain and two Omicron variants (BA.4/BA.5) that are currently the most prevalent in the U.S. Individuals are eligible for their ...

Monkeypox Resources and Vaccine Information from SBCDPH

MONKEYPOX RESOURCES AND VACCINE INFORMATION ON BEHALF OF THE SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH PATIENT OUTREACH:  San Bernardino County Public Health is offering JYNNEOS vaccines as pre-exposure prophylaxis for patients at risk for getting Mpx for individuals who live, work, or go to school in our county.   See flyer on how to secure an appointment.  Once the patient Interest survey is filled out, we will reach out to the individual to schedule a first-dose appointment.   If you are interested in hosting a vaccine event for your members, let us know! ...

Mohan Mallam, MD Granted Hospice Medical Director Certified Credential

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Brenda Ponce, Administrative Assistant (760) 256-4601 Dr. Mohan Mallam Granted the Hospice Medical Director Certified® (HMDC®) Credential Barstow, California – July, 2022 Mohan Mallam, MD FACP CMD HMDC, was recently granted the Hospice Medical Director Certified credential by the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board. Dr. Mallam was recognized for his commitment to improving the quality of life by displaying professional competency in the hospice industry. Hospice practice includes patient care, medication management, performance improvement, engagement in interdisciplinary group (IDG) activities, and much more. Professional certification affirms a knowledge and experience base ...

PHO Advisory: Monkeypox

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH HEALTHCARE PROVIDER HEALTH ADVISORY:  July 1, 2022 DOWNLOAD LETTER HERE San Bernardino County Providers: As of 7/1/2022, there are total of 395 Monkeypox cases in the United States of which 85 cases are in California. All cases were mild with zero resulting in deaths. There are zero confirmed cases so far in San Bernardino County. The most significant risk factor is close, sustained skin-to-skin contact. Vaccine Distribution San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (SBCDPH) is working closely with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in its consideration for ...

A Year in Review: Physician Perspectives on Information Blocking Regulations (AMA Reprint)

A Year in Review: Physician Perspectives on Information Blocking Regulations (Reprinted from the American Medical Association-AMA) Over a year has passed since the Information Blocking compliance date (April 5, 2021). Several critical components necessary for physicians to fully comply with the regulations are still missing. These include a final set of regulations from The US Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) and HHS policies on provider Actor disincentives. Yet, all Actors subject to HHS’ Information Blocking regulations (i.e., providers, EHR vendors, and health information ...