SWINE FLU INFORMATION

A message from Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of the Department of Public Health (En Espanol)

SWINE FLU INFORMATIONA new variation of the influenza virus known as swine flu has been detected in parts of California and several other states. We have not found any confirmed cases of this new strain in Los Angeles County, but we do expect that this type of flu will spread.

In the U.S., the good news so far is that those with this virus have had only mild or moderate symptoms. However, in Mexico preliminary data suggests this may cause a more severe pattern of infection.

We do not suggest any changes in what you would normally do to avoid either getting sick yourself or passing illness to others: if you are sick, stay home; if your child is sick, do not send him or her to school; cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze; wash your hands frequently, especially before eating and after using the restroom; and do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is on alert, and we have activated surveillance to identify cases of this strain that may surface in LA County. We are also working with the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on control measures.

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Public Private Partnership Clinics Funding Opportunities

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas wants to alert you to a new one-time opportunity to receive a portion of $45 Million in County funds. Please be advised that applications are being accepted to expand free and low cost clinical services in underserved areas. Over $45 Million in one-time funds will be made available to assist clinics in providing much needed financial assistance to our underserved Service Planning Areas. In particular, clinics serving South Los Angeles, Antelope Valley, San Gabriel Valley, East Los Angeles, the South Bay and San Fernando Valley are eligible for these funds.
Information has been posted by the Department of Health Services (DHS) for Request for Applications (RFAs) about this funding opportunity. In addition, please note that the Eligible Applicants Conference is scheduled for April 13, 2009 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Health Services Administration, 313 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; auditorium. DHS strongly encourages all potential applicants to attend the Eligible Applicants Conference as this will be your last opportunity to ask questions.

All on-line questions must be submitted to mapodaca@dhs.lacounty.gov with the subject line: RFA Clinic Capacity Expansion Project Q/A. All responses will be posted on the Office of Ambulatory Care’s website at http://dhs.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/AmbulatoryCare no later than 5:00 p.m., April 17, 2009.

Please note that an information guide has been enclosed for your review or you can review the full version at the Office of Ambulatory Care’s website: http://dhs.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/AmbulatoryCareor http://camisvr.co.la.ca.us/lacobids.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MAY 27, 2009

You are encouraged to apply for this funding.

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Additional Funding Opportunities

You may qualify for additional funding opportunities through:

Important Dates

Clinic Capacity Expansion Project

  • April 13, 2009: Eligible Applicants Conference taking place at the Department of Health Services from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • April 17, 2009: All on-line questions must be submitted to mapodaca@dhs.lacounty.gov no later than 5:00 p.m.
  • May 27, 2009 All Clinic Capacity Expansion Project applications must be submitted.

The California Endowment – Building Healthy Communities

  • May 1, 2009: Proposal Deadline no later than 5:00 p.m.

LA Care’s Tranquada II Initiative

  • March 27, 2009: LOI Application due no later than 5:00 p.m.
  • April 20, 2009: Full Application due no later than 5:00 p.m.

 

Ridley-Thomas Applauds Funding For New Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital

March 8, 2011 – Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas today applauded the first payment to the nonprofit entity established to manage the new Martin Luther King Hospital. In a sign that the Board of Supervisors is dedicated to preserving the autonomy of the nonprofit, the board authorized the first installment of its $50 million, five-year funding commitment.

The money will be used for start-up expenses, such as purchasing equipment and medical supplies for the new 120-bed in-patient tower scheduled to open in February 2013. Once open, the hospital will be managed by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Healthcare Corp. and staffed by University of California physicians.

“This is an exciting new model, one that portends considerable benefit for the County of Los Angeles,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “I dare say it will be replicated in other parts of the nation as it relates to public/private partnerships and pioneering healthcare vehicles for underserved communities,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said.

The County’s contract with the nonprofit provides both for the autonomy of the nonprofit but also includes safeguards related to county contributions, stipulating the periodic auditing of funds.

“The board’s rights are ensconced in the agreement in such a way that transparency is preserved but the independence of the nonprofit is maximized,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Applauds Approval of Negotiation of Project Labor Agreement for New MLK Medical Center Construction

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Unprecedented Agreement Will Create Thousands of Local Jobs

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas hailed the Board of Supervisors’ decision to negotiate an historic Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the building trades unions to ensure the hiring of local and disadvantaged workers for a significant percentage of jobs related to construction of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center Replacement Project. The PLA, once approved, will guarantee the effective enactment of the project’s Local Worker Hiring policy, which was approved by the Board on October 19, 2010.

“We know that job creation will lead the way out of this economic downturn,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “By enacting a strong Project Labor Agreement for the new MLK Hospital, we are developing a tangible solution to the job crisis in our community.”

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VIDEO: Governor Schwarzenegger and Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Light Tree of Hope at MLK Hospital

The tree lighting ceremony took place on Friday, December 10, 2010.