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  • 06/14/2019 7:31 PM | Joseph Jacobs (Administrator)

    ln order to eliminate health disparities for boys and men of color, it is important to understand and address root causes.  An existing and growing body of research suggests that disparities result from a complex interplay of factors at the individual, interpersonal, community, and macro levels.  Disparities among boys and men of color are largely the result of a cumulative set of factors, which include adverse socioeconomic conditions, lack of health insurance, and unequal access to health care, as well as lack of quality education, adequate housing, and employment.  Considering the social determinants of health, this population also experiences disproportionate levels of trauma, misdiagnosed or undiagnosed mental illness, over-medication, and high levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.

    Mental Health First Aid will provide training to Sacramento area boys and men of color.  The training and education program will deliver clinical and holistic prevention and early intervention strategies while increasing awareness opportunities for treatment and linkages to care.

    Trauma has sometimes been defined solely in reference to circumstances that are outside normal human experience.  This definition does not fully encompass the experiences of the young boys and men of color who are the focus of this project.

    For them, traumatic experiences may become an almost routine part of everyday existence.  Besides violence, assault, and other traumatic events, African American and Latino males often experience more subtle and insidious forms of trauma.

    Their exposure to discrimination, racism, oppression, and poverty is pervasive.  When experienced chronically, these events have a cumulative impact that can be fundamentally life-altering.  Such traumas are directly related to chronic fear and anxiety, with serious long-term effects on health and other life outcomes for males of color.  Yet to be fully developed is an understanding of the multiple ways in which repetitive and multigenerational exposure to violence, oppression, neglect, discrimination, criminalization and poverty can impact individuals and entire communities.

    This work focuses on boys and men of color who have experienced and are still experiencing such forms of structural and systemic trauma.  A term related to trauma is "adversity," which helps to clarify what people of color experience in the United States. It includes not just experiences outside usual human experience, but those that have become all too much a part of everyday existence.

  • 06/14/2019 6:58 PM | Joseph Jacobs (Administrator)
  • 02/17/2019 6:21 PM | Joseph Jacobs (Administrator)

    SSVMSA once again joined the Colorectal Cancer Alliance in support of the fight against colorectal cancer.  The weather was perfect for a 5K run or walk.  If you missed the event this year, be prepared to register early next year.

  • 02/02/2019 4:17 PM | Joseph Jacobs (Administrator)

  • 12/01/2018 9:31 AM | Joseph Jacobs (Administrator)

    The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) and the Alliance (SSVMSA) would like to take this opportunity to offer our sincere condolences to those affected by the wildfires here in California. We are working with the Butte-Glenn Medical Society to help physician members to ensure that the community has physicians who are present in mind, body and spirit, so they can take care of themselves and their patients. Thank you to everyone who is able to help support the wildfire victims.

    There are several ways you can support our counterparts affected by the Butte Glenn wildfires.

    • The Paradise medical community is in more need of gift cards and cash donations than shelter.
    • Donate via PayPal
      • Please type Fire Relief under "Special Instructions" upon donating
    • Write a check
      • Please make your check out to "CSERF" with the notation Fire Relief in the notes section

    Please send all checks and gift cards to:


    5380 Elvas Ave, Ste 101

    Sacramento, CA 95819

  • 10/02/2018 4:13 PM | Joseph Jacobs (Administrator)
    The podcast features different local physicians each episode and they share how they find joy in their practice of medicine. The podcast is available on your favorite podcast app such as “Podcasts” by Apple or Overcast, or you can stream episodes through the Joy of Medicine website. Please invite friends to subscribe and share. Episodes are released every other Sunday. Apple/iTunes Link:

    Joy of Medicine Link:

  • 09/26/2018 6:50 PM | Joseph Jacobs (Administrator)

  • 07/01/2018 8:05 PM | Joseph Jacobs (Administrator)
    Kala Haley-Clark (Development Director), Kim, Chris Delany (Founder of Loaves and Fishes), and Noah Kammermann (Executive Director)

    Kim Majetich, our Community Grants Chair, presented a Community Grant check for $6000 on May 21st to Loaves and Fishes to purchase a new commercial double oven for their kitchen.  Loaves and Fishes serves 500 to 800 lunches daily to  homeless individuals in our area.

  • 07/21/2017 12:46 PM | Sandra Tzeng

    SSVMSA awarded a $10K grant to FRIENDS OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR. The grant provided the exhibit fee for the USDA Food Safety Mobile Exhibit which, in an interactive environment, shares important education on ways to reduce the risk of food borne illnesses.

    The USDA Food Safety Mobile Exhibit was recently featured on the California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Planting Seeds blog when Secretary Karen Ross visited the exhibit. Below is the blog post from:

    Secretary Ross tours USDA “Food Safety Discovery Zone” mobile exhibit at the State Fair

    Posted on July 21, 2017 by Office of Public Affairs

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and its Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) sent their “Food Safety Discovery Zone” mobile interactive exhibit to the California State Fair this year, marking the first time the decked-out vehicle has made the trip to the Golden State.

    Secretary Ross (center) is joined in the Food Safety Discovery Zone truck by (from left) John Quiroz with CDFA’s Division of Fairs and Exhibitions, California Grain and Feed Association CEO Chris Zanobini, California Poultry Federation President Bill Mattos, FSIS Senior Public Affairs Specialist Luis Delgadillo, State Fair CEO Rick Pickering, and USDA intern Briana Burke.

    California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross visited the exhibit this morning along with State Fair CEO Rick Pickering, California Poultry Federation President Bill Mattos, and California Grain and Feed Association CEO Chris Zanobini, all of whom worked behind the scenes with USDA and Cal Expo to include the truck in this year’s State Fair.

    The $10,000 exhibit space fee for the USDA mobile unit to be located at the State Fair was paid for by a community education grant funded by the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance.

    The vehicle is conveniently located near the fair’s main food promenade. It’s part game center, part classroom, part kitchen, and all cool. FSIS Senior Public Affairs Specialist Luis Delgadillo and intern Briana Burke are on-hand to lead their guests through the exhibit, which includes interactive games and activities to teach folks how to safely prepare and store food, what can cause foodborne illness, and how to reduce the risks.

    The tour sparked a sidebar discussion about the possibility of having a mobile food safety exhibit like this one dedicated to California’s full calendar of fairs and other agricultural/food festivals… stay tuned!

    FSIS’ Luis Delgadillo (left) walks through the exhibit with State Fair CEO Rick

    Pickering and CDFA Secretary Karen Ross.Selfie with the Secretary! Luis Delgadillo with FSIS snaps a selfie with Secretary Ross outside the Food Safety Discovery Zone exhibit.

    Food safety handout

    The basics of food safety: clean, separate, cook and chill.

    USDA’s “Ask Karen” hotline is a popular food safety education tool and a graphic feature inside the exhibit.
  • 07/07/2015 1:47 PM | Kim Majetich (Administrator)

    "We were able to purchase 120 sleeping bags for our homeless guests at Loaves & Fishes and are preparing to begin giving them away. Sleeping bags are stored and given away on an as needed basis, usually around 10 per week so your donation will go a long way to help those in need... I would personally like to thank... The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society for their generous gift of warmth on a cold night.​" 

    - Garren Bratcher, Director, Friendship Park, Loaves & Fishes

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