Marin County Public Health Newsletter Volume 4 - Issue 4 - April 2016
In this Issue: Resource Guide | Lead | Drug Take-Back | Zika | Message from the Deputy Public Health Officer
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A message to physicians and other health care providers from Marin County's Public Health Officer.

Live Long, Live Well

Marin County Aging and Adult Services recently launched its online community resource guide for providers and community members at  Live Long Live Well Marin. The guide is continuously updated with resources to promote successful aging and independent living.  For more assistance, you can also call the Aging and Adult Information and Assistance Line at 415-457-INFO (415-457-4636) to speak with a representative.

Lead Poisoning Prevention

The devastating drinking water problems in Flint, Michigan may increase patients’ concern about potential lead exposure.  The Marin County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) reduces lead exposure through home visits, health education, and environmental remediation.  Please contact CLPPP if you have a child patient with a venous blood lead level of >4.5 mcg/dl (Maureen De Nieva at or 415 473 6731).


National Prescription Take-Back Day

On April 1st, a public health advisory was issued to inform providers about regional overdoses and deaths related to non-pharmaceutical fentanyl. Proper disposal of unused medication is an important tactic to stem the opioid epidemic. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day[External] is April 30.  Please direct your patients and their families to the County’s online list of locations that accept unused and unwanted prescription medications.

Zika Update

On March 25, 2016, the CDC released two new interim guidelines on ZIKV disease, one for prevention of sexual transmission and the other for healthcare providers caring for pregnant women and women of reproductive age. The April 13th Public Health Update summarizes these guidelines.  Please review to inform patient-centered, conception counseling and expectant management of pregnant patients. Contact Marsha Grant, RN, Communicable Disease Prevention and Control unit at 415 473 2092, if you have any questions or would like to coordinate ZIKV testing.    


Message from the Deputy Public Health Officer

One of the reasons I moved to Marin from Los Angeles was for my 5 year old and 3 year old to  explore nature. As the weather warms up so does this risk of drowning (Drowning is a leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4). My job as a mom is to keep my kids  “healthy, happy, and safe.”  But, pool parties often include parent alcohol consumption and reduced supervision.   As providers, we can encourage parents to promote water safety and prevent unintentional drownings by taking precautions (which includes moderating their alcohol consumption).        

Stay safe,
Lisa Santora
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Copyright © 2016
Matthew Willis MD, MPH
Marin County Public Health Officer
(415) 473-4163
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