SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - On Jan. 15, the Board of Supervisors approved a collaborative partnership between Sacramento County and UC Davis Health to deliver primary care, behavioral health, and some specialty services to 5,000 Medi-Cal enrollees at the County-run Federally Qualified Health Center at Broadway and Stockton Boulevard.
“Sacramento County is thrilled for this relationship with UC Davis Health,” said Supervisor Patrick Kennedy. “Together we are committed to ensuring greater access to high-quality health care in our region. UC Davis Health already provides health care services at the Sacramento County Health Center and the expansion will allow for more access to primary care and high-quality health care to Medi-Cal patients.”
Starting Feb. 1, the partnership will bring together a hospital system and Sacramento County health care providers to give coordinated, high-quality care to patients. The unique structure of the agreement is based on that of an Accountable Care Organization, where UC Davis Health provides all care for primary care and behavioral health services for enrollees at the Paul F. Hom Primary Care Facility in the Sacramento County Health Center as well as at UC Davis facilities.
“Patients will be phased in over a period of six months to the Paul F. Hom Primary Care Facility in the Sacramento County Health Center,” said Peter Beilenson, Director of the Department of Health Services. “These enrollees will be provided with comprehensive primary care and behavioral health services, but will also have opportunities to connect with on-site social service organizations that provide housing assistance, job placement, legal services, Medi-Cal system navigation and eligibility, and care coordination.”
This collaborative initiative has great potential for all involved:
Source: Sacramento County Media
SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Life Center’s fifth annual Baby Basket Drive for new moms raised more than $10,000 from the community in December, which will buy more than 200 baskets for Sacramento Life Center patients throughout 2019. The drive is held each December to kickstart the 500 baby baskets needed so that every Sacramento Life Center patient who gives birth in the coming year can receive a basket of needed items, including formula, diapers, newborn clothes, pacifiers and more.
Donations will be accepted throughout 2019 and can be made online at www.saclife.org by writing Baby Basket Drive in the message box on the donation page. Gifts can be made in any increment, but a donation of $50 buys one basket.
“One of the most overwhelming feelings is learning that you’re pregnant and fearing you won’t have the resources to care for your vulnerable baby,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director, Sacramento Life Center. “Sometimes something as simple as a gift of diapers and newborn clothes can give expecting mothers the confidence that they have a support system to help raise their child. These baskets give expecting mothers proof that they will always have a family here at the Sacramento Life Center and supporters out in the community rooting for their family.”
The Sacramento Life Center’s mission is to offer compassion, support, resources and free medical care to women and couples facing an unplanned or unsupported pregnancy. The Sacramento Life Center’s licensed Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic includes a primary clinic and two Mobile Medical Clinics that provide all services for free, including pregnancy tests, STD tests, ultrasounds, peer counseling for men and women, education and resource referrals. The nonprofit also offers a school-based teen education program, a 24-hour hotline and a program for women experiencing reproductive grief. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center’s Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic, visit www.svpclinic.com. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center or to make a donation, visit www.saclife.org.
Source: Thébaud Communications
CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - As part of its annual EPIC (Empowering People Inspiring Consciousness) leadership conference, a popular activity is Awards Night, which honors ‘the best of the best’ throughout Aegis Living’s portfolio of senior living communities.
In an industry that requires its staff to be patient, empathetic and mindful every day, Aegis Living is pleased to recognize the people and communities whose passion is reflected in the work they do for residents in our care. These awards affirm that our company is filled with beautifully passionate, dedicated and likeminded people who love what they do. Each one sets the bar high for themselves and those around them.
Each year, leaders from all 31 Aegis Living communities nominate candidates, several of which are community-oriented. Home Office leaders review and carefully discuss each entry. It’s a tough job to select winners as there is generally tough competition!
Aegis of Carmichael has been recognized with the Outstanding Team of the Year Award, which is evaluated on best practices resulting in outstanding achievement in the areas of Teamwork, operational efficiencies and excellence, consistent demonstration of “above the line” behavior and quarterly ranking of success card scores. Another contributing attribute is outstanding retention and strongly demonstrated employee centered culture.
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) – In 2018, Assistance League Sacramento, an all-volunteer organization of over 285 members, celebrated 50 years of service to the local community through a variety of philanthropic programs that are funded in large part by its resale thrift shop, Fabulous Finds on Fulton. Programs, which are completely local, date back to 1967 when Eyes Right was established. At least one new program has been launched in each decade since. The organization’s newest programs, Fresh Start and Reaching Out, were established in 2017.
Charlotte Stott chairs the Fresh Start committee of 50 volunteers. After reviewing several studies on community needs, which included support for victims of sex trafficking and foster youth aging out of residential care, the group chose to partner with Community Against Sexual Harm (CASH) and its RESET diversion program. The program supports training and offers peer mentoring through its eight week, no fee program.
Stott explained that Fresh Start’s role is to support and encourage the women participating in the program. At four weeks, the midway point, women receive a “way to go gift” of lip balm, hand sanitizer, and a note. Upon graduation, women receive a bag with earrings, lipstick, and acknowledgement of their effort. The gifts, Stott said, tell the women that they matter.
Fresh Start also assists by providing hygiene products and a change of clothing including sweat pants, bra, and a top. Three apartment starter kits are provided each quarter, and this month, the volunteers began providing bags with various items including tissues.
“We provide small birthday gifts and cards hand signed by committee volunteers,” said Stott.
To assist foster youth aging out of the system, Fresh Start provides apartment starter kits to EA Family Services and Aspiranet. According to the latter’s website, 5000 youth age out annually in California and the agency supports 1900 by collaborating with community organizations like Assistance League Sacramento. Fresh Start plans to begin providing newborn essentials to young mothers who are in foster care.
Relationships were built and established and Stott estimates that approximately 6000 people have been touched in one way or another through the efforts of Fresh Start.
Reaching Out, a smaller committee of volunteers chaired by Melinda Avey, also provides apartment starter kits, along with a host of other assistance through its collaboration with Sacramento Steps Forward, an organization committed to ending homelessness in the region through partnerships with agencies such as Assistance League.
“We buy work boots,” said Avey. “We pay deposit and application fees. We identify small needs.”
Sacramento Steps Forward, through partnerships with other organizations, may be able to secure housing for a currently homeless individual or family, but there are additional needs that they cannot provide. These, Avey explained, are the items that Reaching Out can assist with on short notice, such as the need for an application fee for a currently available apartment. When a request comes in, the committee votes to grant the request and Avey said, “makes it happen.”
“That is the benefit of being a non-profit, we can act immediately.”
Like Fresh Start, Reaching Out also provides apartment starter kits. Kits, Avey said contain sheets, towels, pots and pans, shower curtain and rings, and other items that most folks might take for granted.
“We give a welcome mat,” she said, and the committee provides a clock. People living on the street lose track of time, she said.
Feedback, said Avey, always includes mention of the welcome mat. Items are not random choices. The committee is guided by suggestions regarding sheet size and table settings that are requested to be for one or two, not four.
The committee has also paid for a ticket to reunite a homeless individual and her father.
“It makes our day.”
For additional information, visit Assistance League Center’s Fabulous Find s on Fulton shop at 2751 Fulton Avenue or https://www.assistanceleague.org/Sacramento.
Carmichael Chamber's 2019 Honorees Announced
CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Sacramento’s District Attorney, a produce vendor, a jeweler, a long-time community volunteer and a hard-working teenager have been selected as 2019 Carmichael Persons of the Year. These community leaders will be hailed at an awards gala at Arden Hills Resort on March 29. The event is a Chamber of Commerce fundraiser.
Top honoree is Sacramento D.A. Anne Marie Schubert. Schubert recently began her second elected term after making national headlines when the East Area Rapist suspect was apprehended, 28 years after his first attack. The arrest was enabled by unremitting DNA processes -- spearheaded by Schubert – that pinpointed a Citrus Heights resident.
Mother of two sons, the DA is heroine to many: Crime Victims United last year named her District Attorney of the Year. The attorney declares herself humbled by her upcoming Carmichael accolade. “I could not be more honored," she says. "I grew up here; my family and I have deep connections with the area. I look forward to continuing work with the community.” Her predecessor, DA Jan Scully, was previously honored by the same Chamber award.
Businesswoman of the Year is Farmer's Wife owner Rosemarie Martell, whose Winding Way fruit store was rebuilt from the ashes of a vicious 2016 arson attack. Jerusalem-born jeweler Mahmud Sharif is Businessman of the Year. Known for community philanthropy, the merchant has donated a $2000 diamond ring for the event’s fundraiser raffle.
Realtor Ron Greenwood will receive volunteer laurels. A 27-year member of Carmichael Kiwanis, the Lyon Real Estate agent was elected 12 years ago to the Carmichael Water District Board, he also serves the Regional Water Authority and Sacramento Association of Realtors.
Teenager Connor Pexa will begin his year as Chamber Youth Ambassador. The El Camino High School student is lauded for volunteer work with seniors.
Good Day Sacramento anchor Tina Macuha will emcee ceremonies. Fundraiser guests usually include most of the area’s business leaders and elected representatives. Shriners' Hospital (Non-Profit of the Year) will receive a portion of the proceeds.
Anyone may attend. Banquet admission is $100. For more info, call (916) 481-1002
CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Some eye-popping antiques slip easily through a buttonhole. At the California Button Society’s March 9 expo, you might snag a Civil War tunic fastener for $50. If you lust for hand-painted 18th century pieces, be prepared to unbutton your billfold.
What astonishes at such bazaars is the availability of seriously old stuff. Snipped from long-ago rotted garments, many are thumb-nail masterpieces. “We often look at old buttons and imagine the stories they could tell,” says Button Club treasurer Susan Rhoades. “They were traded, stolen and inherited. Lives were lost in making them; pearl dust and mercury (for gold plating) killed many. “You learn so much about history, art and manufacturing from buttons.”
In the Middle Ages, no material was too grand for the button makers’ art. Georgian aristocrats later bespoke Gainsborough-style portraits – sometimes of their pets – to fasten vests. When Queen Victoria took to wearing jet specimens, society followed. Though zippers have revolutionized modern fastening, nifty little buttons have never been completely undone. “People visit our shows show seeking that one perfect item,” says Sacramento collector Faye Wolfe. “One lady brought a vest she’d sewn; she wanted buttons for it. In the end, she chose four, each different. Who says they have to match? Our button world is full of eccentricity.”
The Button Bazaar runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at the La Sierra Center, 5325 Engle Rd, Carmichael. The show offers a free service for valuing buttons. Admission is by $2 donation. For information, contact email@example.com
Carmichael Boy Through and Through -- Jack Pefley Dies, 95
CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - A warrior for his nation, his God, his family and his community, Jack Pefley died last month at the age of 95.
Founding one of Carmichael’s oldest clans, his parents and grandparents arrived in with the first wave of colony pioneers in 1910. Town founder Daniel Carmichael sold the family its 10 acres on California Ave. Born in 1923 at 12 pounds, 8 oz, Jack was the third child of Harold and Nellie Pefley. An infant moniker, “the wee one,” stuck all his life.
Jack and siblings Richard and Barbara were rough-and-tumble country kids during the great Depression. They hiked a daily mile to Carmichael School and later, six miles to San Juan High. Community matriarchs Mary Deterding and Effie Yeaw were near neighbors. The children studied psalms at Carmichael Presbyterian (then Carmichael Community Church) each Sunday.
During WW II, Jack followed his brother into uniform. Thus began a 25-year naval career from which he retired as a Commander. Jack claimed he favored the Navy over the Army because he craved “three hot meals a day and no sleeping in mud.” A lifetime passion for aviation began as he learned to fly amphibious craft off Donner Lake. The farm boy’s extraordinary skill was soon noted. Called an “absolute artist” in the cockpit, he saw action in the Philippines, Japan, Korea. He later dog-fought with Russian MIGs in the Cold War.
During his Korean deployment, he was hailed for getting every war-wounded passenger off a downed PBM Mariner while “working the pedals” to keep the amphibian afloat. He then managed to re-fly and save the aircraft. Asked how he managed, Pefley replied “I’m a Carmichael farm boy and I know how drive a tractor.”
His service continued during peacetime as a Navy test pilot. He mastered jets and survived several crash landings in prototypes that did not pass muster. He also earned a university degree in electrical engineering. Leap-frogging between Berkeley and the Willow Grove Base (PA), he wooed Hatboro native Jerry Kratz. They married in 1948, raised three kids and last year marked a 70th wedding anniversary. The nonagenarian groom offered advice for a long marriage: "be away from home as much as possible," he joked. Indeed, military postings to Japan, Morocco, the Philippines, France -- and his civilian career as a World Airways pilot -- meant many long separations for the Pefleys.
In 1983, the pilot retired to his Rockin' KP (Kratz-Pefley) Ranch and resumed farm boy chores. Community endeavors included his 42-year support of the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce; board membership for Carmichael Park District and nine decades of fidelity to his church. He offered a wide smile while bicycling neighborhood streets; while lunching with his wife at La Bou or laboring (in lederhosen shorts) among grapevines his ancestors had planted on Palm Drive. Jack Pefley quips were legend and -- like those of many Greatest Generation survivors -- their punchlines were seldom politically correct.
As his health declined, Jack and Jerry moved to Carmichael’s Eskaton Village and recently, to Mercy McMahon Terrace in Sacramento. A few weeks ago, the man of God cheerfully told friends he would soon be in heaven. He left them days later. “Dad’s only complaint was that he would have preferred to die in Carmichael,” says his daughter, Christine Mayer. “He was a Carmichael boy, through and through.”
Jack Pefley is survived by his wife Jerry, children John, Christine, and Patricia, and three grandchildren. His memorial will be celebrated at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery (Dixon) on March 1 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carmichael Park Foundation or Sacramento Valley National Cemetery.