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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Author Archive: Health and Human Services Agency

Tick prevention reminder issued

As warmer weather approaches and individuals venture outdoors, El Dorado County health officials are reminding residents to take precautions to protect themselves and their pets from ticks and tick bites. “Ticks can carry and transmit diseases to people and pets,” said Dr. Alicia Paris-Pombo, El Dorado County Health officer. “While not all ticks carry disease, […]

Community Action Council seeks new member

The Community Action Council is seeking an individual or agency to represent the interests and concerns of low-income individuals/families residing in El Dorado County, with special attention given to housing, nutrition and low-income program needs. The El Dorado County Community Action Council is seeking to fill a vacancy on the council within the Low-Income Sector […]

County agencies team up to combat fraud

Committing welfare fraud and avoiding prosecution in El Dorado County is difficult thanks to the diligence of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) and District Attorney’s Office who are working together to identify, investigate and prosecute cases. Last year alone, their administrative oversight and teamwork resulted in the referral of over […]

Biting dog sought

El Dorado County Animal Services is looking for a dog that bit a South Lake Tahoe man on Sunday, March 16. The incident occurred at approximately 6 p.m. in the area of Tahoe Keys Boulevard and Washington Avenue in South Lake Tahoe when the man encountered a dog roaming in the neighborhood and attempted to […]

Additional animals test positive for rabies

El Dorado County Animal Services has identified several more rabid skunks over the past few weeks, bringing the total number to seven for 2014. “We want to provide education and public awareness regarding the presence of rabies in our community,” said Dr. Alicia Paris-Pombo, El Dorado County Health officer. “While it isn’t unusual to find […]

EDH Senior Day Care Center to open

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency is happy to announce the long-awaited opening of the Senior Day Care Center in El Dorado Hills. The center, located at 990 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills, is slated to officially open its doors on March 31. The center will be open Monday through Friday […]

Foster youth keep health coverage until age 26

Children in foster care in California have typically lost their Medi-Cal health insurance coverage once they turned age 21. Under the Affordable Care Act, former foster youth can now continue to have health insurance until the age of 26. The change went into effective January 1, 2014. The Foster Care Program of the El Dorado […]

Public input sought on Mental Health Services Act Plan

The Mental Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency is inviting members of the public to provide input on the County’s Mental Health Services Act Programs Plan for the Fiscal Year 2014/15. Community members can provide input via e-mail or at one of several community meetings to be held by […]

Tri-County Job Fair March 21

El Dorado County residents looking for work, or just interested in an opportunity to meet with local employers informally, are invited to attend the free Tri-County Job Fair on Friday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma Street in Folsom. Approximately 50 employers are expected at this […]

Rabid skunk alert

El Dorado County Animal Services is reporting that a rabid skunk was found in a residential and commercial area of Pollock Pines. The skunk was found in the 2900 block of Fir Drive in Pollock Pines on the morning of Feb. 21. The skunk, which exhibited highly aggressive behavior, entered the yard of a resident […]

Upcoming employment and career information event

El Dorado County Connections–One Stop is hosting a free event for members of the public who are looking for jobs and/or career information. The event is planned as follows: Feb. 5 — A free Career Information Session featuring Brandman University will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado County […]

El Dorado County health officials confirm flu-related fatality

El Dorado County health officials have confirmed an influenza-related fatality in a county resident. The individual was an adult who resided on the Western Slope of the County. This is the first confirmed flu-related fatality in El Dorado County this flu season. “It’s important for everyone to know that it is the beginning of the […]

Cashew cheese products recalled due to salmonella

El Dorado County health officials joined the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in warning consumers not to eat cashew cheese products manufactured by The Cultured Kitchen because the products may be contaminated with salmonella. Local health officials are collaborating with CDPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in this multistate outbreak […]

EMS and Public Health Preparedness offices move

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency and Public Health Preparedness program of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency moved from 415 Placerville Drive to 2900 Fair Lane Court in Placerville (behind the county library building). The move, which occurred on Dec. 13, is expected to save the county’s general fund about $40,000 […]

‘After 5 Club’ meets

The “After 5 Club” is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s, a related dementia, stroke, cardiovascular disease and Parkinson’s. The goal of this gathering is to share information, successful coping strategies and available options in an emotionally supportive and confidential […]

Employer Forum with Intel Nov. 20

El Dorado County Connections – One Stop is hosting a free Employer Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado County Child Support Services Building located at 3883 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs. During the event, a representative from Intel Corp. will share information about the organization, their current job opportunities […]

IHSS to switch computers

On Nov. 4 El Dorado County In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), a program that provides services to eligible individuals who are at risk of out-of-home placement including caregiver services, will implement a new statewide payroll and case management computer system. El Dorado County IHSS has notified care providers in the community and created a Webpage with […]

Mental Health Clinic moving to Diamond Springs

The El Dorado County Mental Health Clinic, currently located at 670 Placerville Drive in Placerville, is moving to 768 Pleasant Valley Road, Suite 201, in Diamond Springs. The anticipated move date is Oct. 25, with clinic doors expected to be open for clients at the new location on Oct. 28. County Alcohol and Drug Program […]

Assistance offered during Medicare open enrollment

The El Dorado County Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) is offering free assistance to all Medicare beneficiaries in El Dorado County during Medicare’s Annual Election Period that started Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7. During the Annual Election Period (AEP), also called Open Enrollment, people with Medicare can join, disenroll from, or change […]

Input welcome on Mental Health Plan

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Mental Health Division invites the public to review and provide comment on the Fiscal Year 2013-14 Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Plan. The draft plan is posted on El Dorado County’s MHSA Website at or a copy may be obtained by contacting Stephanie Carlson at […]

Dog owners can get licenses during Amnesty Days

In an effort to encourage dog owners in El Dorado County to have their dogs licensed or renew expired licenses, El Dorado County Animal Services is offering an amnesty period for late and never-licensed, spayed or neutered dogs beginning Sept. 28 and going through Nov. 30. During the two month amnesty licensing period, the penalty […]

Volunteer drivers needed for senior meals

The El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Program Home-Delivered Meal Service currently has a critical need for volunteer drivers. Volunteers are especially needed to help deliver meals in the Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills and Placerville areas. Senior Nutrition Program volunteer drivers deliver meals once a week from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, and […]

In-Home Supportive Services Advisory Committee seeks new members

The In-Home Supportive Services Advisory Committee of El Dorado County is seeking six new members to fill current vacancies. The IHSS Advisory Committee is appointed by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. Members of the Advisory Committee advise the Board of Supervisors and the IHSS Public Authority on information, issues and concerns affecting recipients […]

Medicare open enrollment presentations in Oct.

Medicare Open Enrollment for 2014 begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7. The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) will give an update on Medicare benefits and costs for 2014 at three free community presentations in El Dorado County. • Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 12:30 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center located […]

Training series offered for seniors

The El Dorado County Commission on Aging, in collaboration with the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, is offering a free training series for seniors entitled “Boomer Ed 101.” The training will be held on three Monday nights (Sept. 16, 23 and 30) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills […]

Teen Court training begins Sept. 11

The El Dorado County Teen Court program in Placerville is now recruiting new student participants for the fall program. Students in grades 8 through 12 are invited to sign up for the Teen Court volunteer training, scheduled for Sept. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. in El Dorado County Superior Court, located at 495 Main […]

Flu clinics set

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division, will begin conducting low-cost community flu vaccination clinics starting Sept. 19, with additional clinics offered through mid-November. The seasonal influenza vaccine will be available in nasal mist and flu shot forms at the clinics. This season’s nasal flu vaccine is quadrivalent, which means […]

Youth mental health 1st-aid training

The Mental Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency is offering a free training series called “Youth Mental Health First-Aid” this fall in Placerville. The training will be held Monday nights, Sept. 23 and 30, and Oct. 7 and 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Green Valley Church, 3500 […]

Free Employer Forums in Sept. 4

Two free Employer Forums will be held on Sept. 4 and 10, respectively. During the forums, representatives from a local business will share information about their business, their current job opportunities and how to apply for job openings. Koby Pest Control will hold an Employer Forum on Wednesday, Sept. 4, and MORE Rehab will be […]

Back-to-school immunizations offered

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division, is now offering back-to-school immunizations for eligible children beginning school this fall. Public Health can provide all childhood vaccinations required for school entry, as well as those vaccinations that are recommended to keep children healthy. Schools are required to verify each child’s immunization […]

Connections-One Stop offers free Employer Forums

El Dorado County Connections–One Stop is offering a series of Employer Forums this summer to help connect job seekers to local businesses who may be hiring. During these informational sessions, business representatives will speak to a group of job seekers and give insight into their organization, what they look for in employees and how to […]

Adoption fee reduced temporarily

Kitten season is in full swing and the El Dorado County Animal Services shelter in Placerville is reaching out to the community to encourage adoptions. “Our shelter is nearly full with some amazing kittens and cats right now, and we are asking the public to help us find these beautiful animals loving homes,” said Allison […]

Home Energy Assistance Program now open

El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency announces the opening of the 2013 HEAP Season. The federally-funded Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps income-eligible families pay their energy bills. If you are eligible, HEAP can help you pay for electricity, wood, propane, pellets or heating oil. Benefits are paid once a year. The amount […]

Frozen berries recalled: Hepatitis A outbreak investigated

The El Dorado County Public Health Division of the Health and Human Services Agency and the Environmental Management Division of the Community Development Agency are working with the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and western state health departments to investigate a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A cases. The outbreak is believed to […]

Connections-One Stop to host hiring events

The El Dorado County Connections–One Stop is sponsoring two hiring events in June. The events are free and open to the general community. During the events, representatives from two local businesses will meet with potential candidates and conduct on-site screening interviews. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the businesses to reach out to the community […]

Public hearing for low-income programs

Janet Walker-Conroy, interim director of the Health and Human Services Agency, announced that the El Dorado County Community Action Agency is sponsoring a public hearing on the 2014-2015 Community Services Block Grant Community Action Plan (CAP). Walker-Conroy encouraged county residents to attend the hearing. The planning and funding process for low-income programs will be reviewed, […]

Free Weatherization Program helps residents save

El Dorado County residents can keep their homes cooler this summer and warmer next winter by taking advantage of free weatherization services through the El Dorado County Community Services Weatherization Program. “The average household saves $400 each year on their energy bills after weatherization,” said Kyle Hartman, weatherization supervisor with Community Services. Qualified low-income property […]

20 bucks for a gopher-getter adult cat

Kitten season is almost here. For a limited time, the El Dorado County Animal Services shelter in Placerville is offering $20 adoptions for adult cats now at the shelter to make room for the anticipated increase in felines. “Spring is traditionally our busiest time of the year, with lots of kittens coming into the shelter, […]

County ranked sixth healthiest in California

El Dorado County has been ranked as the sixth healthiest county in California, according to a national report just published by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The County Health Rankings Report, a report published annually since 2010, ranks each county within each state on how healthy people […]

Alzheimer’s: Know the 10 signs in March

El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency sponsors free community education each month on a variety of topics affecting older adults. Alzheimer’s: “Know the Ten Signs” will be the featured presentation in March. This session will provide professional knowledge related to Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia among older people. Dementia is […]

Free mental health first-aid training set

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Mental Health Division is offering an important community training series for members of the public entitled “Mental Health First-Aid.” The free, interactive training will arm the public with skills to help identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse disorders. “This training […]

Health care law protects consumers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Feb. 27 issued a final rule that implements five key consumer protections from the Affordable Care Act, and makes the health insurance market work better for individuals, families, and small businesses. “Because of the Affordable Care Act, being denied affordable health coverage due to medical […]

Legal seminars for seniors

El Dorado County Senior Legal Services, a program of the El Dorado County Community Services, is hosting a series of community trainings in Placerville during March. All classes will be held at the Placerville Senior Center Dining Hall at 937 Spring St. in Placerville from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The informational sessions, targeted for seniors […]

Get ready now for cold winter weather

Cold winter weather will soon be here and El Dorado County health officials are asking residents to take steps now to prepare. “By planning ahead, before the cold weather arrives, individuals can ensure that their home, loved ones and pets are protected,” said Kristine Oase Guth with the El Dorado County Health and Human Services […]

Low-interest county loans available for home repairs

The County of El Dorado has funds available as low-interest rate loans for home repairs to income-qualified homeowners in the unincorporated areas of the county. Funding is provided through the State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the County’s Housing Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Funds. These Housing Rehabilitation loans must be used to correct health […]

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