16Sep, 2021

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Hospitals’ Role in Addressing Food Insecurity

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September is Hunger Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raise awareness — not just locally, but across the U.S. — of individuals and families who face food insecurity, and the impact hunger has on overall health and well-being. According to March 2021 data from the San Diego Hunger Coalition, approximately one in three San Diegans experience nutrition insecurity or are unable to provide three, nutritious meals per day for themselves and/or their families. This is up from an estimated one in four San Diegans in 2019, which was the lowest […]
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16Sep, 2021

5 THINGS TO KNOW: Workforce Relief Letters, Updated Vaccine FAQs, Health Services Task Force

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CHA REQUEST FOR WORKFORCE RELIEF: CHA has sent letters to the Health and Human Services Secretary and California’s Attorney General. The letter to Dr. Mark Ghaly asks for direct and immediate relief from the California Department of Public Health  to mitigate the workforce challenges you’re facing during this surge. The letter to Attorney General Rob Bonta asks that his office use its resources and expertise to promptly investigate concerns around skyrocketing prices charged by staffing agencies and act accordingly on their findings. In addition, CHA is sharing these FAQs for […]
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1Sep, 2021

5 THINGS TO KNOW: COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign, Hazard Plan, Call for Mask & Vaccine Mandate

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: HASD&IC President & CEO Dimitrios Alexiou joined health care leaders from UCSD, Scripps Health, and Sharp HealthCare at the Aug. 31 meeting to provide testimony (starts at 3:22) in support of the proposal to declare health misinformation a public health crisis. After more than 15 hours of debate and more than 250 public speakers who spoke in opposition, the board voted 3-2 to approve the measure. Board Chair Nathan Fletcher said the action makes San Diego County the first in the nation to call […]
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1Sep, 2021

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Vaccine Approval Could Be a Game-Changer in Fight Against the Pandemic

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With last week’s full approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Pfizer vaccine for ages 16 and over, there is great hope that it will help those who remain unvaccinated to get off the fence. And approval couldn’t have come soon enough, as hospitalizations continue to increase. Adding to the urgency to get more people vaccinated is the fact that, for now, the vast majority of hospitalized patients remain unvaccinated — it’s straining the systems and exhausting your workforce, which is already dealing with burnout, retirements, and […]
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18Aug, 2021

5 THINGS TO KNOW: COVID-19 Testing Sites, Monoclonal Antibody Therapy, Behavioral Health Trailer Bills

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  COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO EXPANDS COVID-19 TESTING SITES: As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase, so too has the demand for COVID-19 testing. To help divert people from coming to emergency departments for testing and make access as convenient as possible, the County of San Diego is reopening some of its former large testing sites, including the site at San Diego State University. Additional COVID-19 testing sites and mobile sites are being added to the list of options. Primary health care providers, community health clinics, and pharmacies all […]
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18Aug, 2021

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Watching — and Waiting — As Students Return to Campus

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The start of the new school year typically brings with it a certain amount of trepidation for students, parents, and teachers alike. This year, that trepidation is only enhanced by COVID-19. As cases and hospitalizations climb throughout the state, and students file back onto campus, there is great concern that in-classroom learning could facilitate the ongoing spread of COVID-19. Already, one school in San Diego County — Cathedral Catholic High School — delayed its first day of school after a vaccinated employee tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, it’s […]
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4Aug, 2021

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Hospitals Must Do All They Can to Keep Health Care Workers, Patients Safe

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Last week’s public health officer order on COVID-19 testing and personal protective equipment for unvaccinated health care workers and state employees may not be sitting well with some, but it’s the right thing to do. As cases — and hospitalizations — continue to rise both regionally and throughout the state, more must be done to help stem the virus. Health care workers have borne the brunt of the pandemic, have seen the worst of the pandemic, which is why HASD&IC and CHA publicly supported Gov. Newsom’s effort. Ensuring the health of […]
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4Aug, 2021

5 THINGS TO KNOW: Tabletop Exercise, PeerLINKS Program, HQI Cares

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  Tabletop Exercise: HASD&IC and several hospital members participated in the 2021 San Diego Regional Tabletop Exercise on July 27. Over 125 participants took part, including representatives from: San Diego County’s 18 cities California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services Public Health Emergency Preparedness, and Emergency Medical Services Naval Medical Forces Pacific Marine Corps San Diego County Regional Airport Authority San Diego County Water Authority San Diego County Fire and Rescue SDG&E San Diego County FBI […]
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23Jul, 2021

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: COVID-19 Won’t Shake Its Grasp

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On the off-chance that anyone needed proof of COVID-19’s relentless grasp on the state and the region specifically, one only needs to take a quick look at the numbers. Just four weeks ago (June 22) there were 56 COVID-19-positive patients in San Diego County hospitals; on Tuesday (July 20) that number jumped to 193. As of July 20, there were 10 patients admitted to Imperial County hospitals with a confirmed case of COVID-19, a change of 50% from one month ago (June 20). It’s important to note that we are […]
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23Jul, 2021

5 THINGS TO KNOW: Medi-Cal Managed Care, Behavioral Health Hearings, State Budget Agreement

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San Diego County Board of Supervisors Address Medi-Cal Managed Care: Lask week, HASD&IC President & CEO Dimitrios Alexiou provided public comment (testimony starts at 4:08) in support of the Framework for the Future: Improving the County’s Wellness Care Delivery System to Address Health Disparities Exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic and shared the HASD&IC Board of Directors guiding principles for new Medi-Cal managed care contracts. He emphasized the importance of using this opportunity to prioritize patients, strengthen local oversight, and increase accountability. HASD&IC will continue to engage with supervisors on the […]
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