OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Consumer Reports, a non-profit consumer protection organization, released a study Thursday saying they found heavy metals in all 50 packaged baby food items they tested for lead, cadmium or inorganic arsenic.
The study says even the organic products had measurable levels of a heavy metal. Two-thirds of the products tested had "worrisome" levels.
Heavy metals are of particular health concern for babies and toddlers, according to Dr. Eric Henley, Chief Medical Officer of Lifelong Medical Care in Berkeley.
The San Pablo Lytton Casino held the 15th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, benefiting LifeLong Brookside Health and Immediate/Urgent Care Centers, on October 29 at the Richmond Country Club with 162 golfers participating. Thank you to everyone who made this event a real success.
LifeLong Brookside Health and Immediate/Urgent Care Centers are grateful to the following organizations for their generous underwriting of San Pablo Lytton Casino’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament.
A Special Thank You to the following Individuals and/or Organizations for Their Kind Donations
Ainsworth Game Technology
Alliant Insurance Services
Alpha Gaming, Inc.
Bay Area Distributors
Bay Cities Produce
Big 5 Sporting Goods
City of San Pablo
Community Clinic Consortium
Curiale Wilson, LLP
Cypress Private Security
Deep Eddy Vodka
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
EMCOR Service/Mesa Energy Systems, Inc.
Evergood Fine Foods
Everi Games Inc.
Golden Gate Fields
International Game Technologies (IGT)
Jelly Belly Factory
Leavitt United Insurance Services
LifeLong Medical Care
Mutual of America
Oliver & Co.
PT Gaming, LLC
Regal Wine Co.
Richmond Country Club
San Francisco Bay Area Provisions
San Pablo Lytton Casino
Silverado Contractors, Inc.
Southern Wine & Spirits
St. George Spirits, Inc.
Stidham Law Offices
Suhr Risk Services
Sysco San Francisco, Inc.
The Swenson Group
Wareham Development Corporation
We had a tremendous gala event on March 2 at the Claremont Club and Spa in Berkeley. The sold-out event raised much-needed funds for the organization. We also doubled our impact for LifeLong’s Respite Care Program, thanks to a matching grant and your support. You can see the video we shared at the event, click here.
Special thanks go to our Benefactors Sutter Health Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente, as well as to all of our sponsors. It takes a village, and we are grateful for everyone who supports LifeLong Medical Care.
To view the event’s photobooth gallery, click here.
Event photos © Studio-FAB
Thank You to our Sponsors
Saturday evening I experienced my first Gala at LifeLong Medical Care and all I can say is, “Wow!” Thanks to the support of our sponsors and community partners there was a lot to take in – playful and colorful décor, unique experiences offered at auction, and sumptuous cakes in the dessert frenzy. It was a lot of fun! But, what impressed me most was the generosity of those able to join us as we celebrated the retirement of LifeLong’s founding CEO, Marty Lynch, and kicked off a fundraising campaign for our Care at Home program to honor his 40 years of service.
Care at Home brings coordinated medical and behavioral care to homebound senior patients. This care is expensive, but allowing elders to remain at home as long as possible and still receive the best geriatric care is the right thing to do. With the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) dominating the news, you can see how Care at Home protects seniors with the most compromised health, who are the most vulnerable to viral illnesses.
See the program in action with the video we premiered at the gala.
Please consider a contribution in honor of Marty. We only need to $7,700 more to reach our goal of $35,000. You can designate your gift for Care at Home on our donation page. Please be as generous as you can so that we can assure Marty that LifeLong will be able to meet the needs of the growing numbers of elders in our community who hold a special place in his career and in his heart.
David B. Vliet
Chief Executive Officer
LifeLong Gala Celebration
To view the event photo gallery, click here. Password to download photos is 2020Gala.
Thank You to our Sponsors
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Partnership offers a fuller array of medical and behavioral health services
BERKELEY, CA – East Bay Community Recovery Project (EBCRP) has joined LifeLong Medical Care’s family of services. The partnership allows LifeLong Medical Care and EBCRP to offer a fuller array of medical, behavioral health, substance-use treatment, case management, and dental services to Alameda County residents.
“Both LifeLong Medical Care and EBCRP believe that everyone has the right to high-quality care. This partnership will help us deliver excellent, integrated care across the County,” said Marty Lynch, LifeLong Medical Care’s Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer.
“By merging with LifeLong Medical Care, we are strengthening our collective mission to increase access to high-quality mental health, substance-use disorder, primary care, dental and wellness services to people with some of the greatest needs in our community”, said Marta Rose, EBCRP co-founder and LifeLong-EBCRP Program and Operations Director.
East Bay Community Recovery Project was founded in 1989 by Joan Zweben, PhD, and Marta Rose, LMFT, to provide recovery services for people with co-occurring substance use and mental-health services in Alameda County. Its programs serve approximately 1,100 low-income populations with complex behavior health needs and substance use disorders at four service sites: three in Oakland and one in Hayward.
More than 50 percent of EBCRP clients already access LifeLong’s primary care services through medical centers operated on-site for EBCRP and through other LifeLong Health Centers such as LifeLong Trust, LifeLong Downtown Oakland, LifeLong Ashby, and LifeLong East Oakland. We are looking forward to integrating the rest of the EBCRP clients into LifeLong’s family.
About LifeLong Medical Care: LifeLong Medical Care is an innovative, non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center serving Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin Counties with 16 health centers, mental health services, three Dental Centers, an Adult Day Health Center, four School-Based Health Centers, a Supportive Housing Program, and Urgent Care services. For more information visit: www.lifelongmedical.org.
About East Bay Community Recovery Project: East Bay Community Recovery Project (EBCRP) was founded in 1989 by Dr. Joan Zweben, PhD, and Marta Rose, LMFT. Their vision to provide comprehensive substance use and co-occurring disorder care in Alameda County has helped over 25,000 people build healthy and productive futures for themselves and their families. EBCRP helps low-income men, women, and families with complex behavioral health needs at four services locations: three in Oakland (Project Pride, FACT/TrACT, and Day Support/Holistic Health), and one in Hayward (for adults on probation or parole).
Contact: Helen Pettay
School’s out and kids will have lots of time to enjoy the outdoors. Make sure to keep them safe and healthy with these tips from Eric Henley, MD, Chief Medical Officer at LifeLong Medical Care.
Swimming can be a great way to get the exercise needed to live a healthy life. Keep these tips in mind:
- Keep kids safe in pools with life jackets. Drowning is a leading cause of death for toddlers ages 1 to 4. Wearing a properly fitted life jacket – not air-filled water wings or inner tubes – can help keep kids safe. Adults should always be on hand to supervise children in a pool and should not be texting, reading, or anything else that is distracting. Drowning can happen fast. An adult should be within arm's length of a child who is an inexperienced swimmer, even if a lifeguard is on duty. If necessary, perform CPR immediately on someone who has gone under, even before the emergency squad arrives. This can save a life and help prevent brain injury.
- Stay safe while boating by wearing a life jacket. Properly fitted life jackets can prevent drownings and should be worn at all times by everyone on any boat.
Throw some shade!
Just a few serious sunburns can increase a child's risk of skin cancer later in life. Adults and children need protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors. Remember to do the following:
- UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so seek shade or play inside during when the sun is at its strongest.
- Wear a hat that shades the face, scalp, ears, and neck. If one's child chooses a baseball cap, be sure to protect exposed areas with sunscreen.
- Use a sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 every time your child goes outside. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. Don’t forget to protect ears, noses, lips, and the tops of feet.
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Women’s Committee of the Oakland NAACP celebrated several generations of women leaders at the African American Museum and Library in Oakland Saturday, March 24. The Phenomenal Women Awards program honored 14 women, three posthumously.
Chief Executive Director of the Oakland Private Industry Council, Inc. (PIC), Gay Plair Cobb, was honored for her 35 years of activism in Oakland. Cobb spoke of her interactions with Martin Luther King, Jr. and hopes that sometime soon the world will not have to be reminded that “Black Lives Matter.” Cobb participated in the historic freedom rides leading to the desegregation of lunch counters.
Joyce Gordon, owner of Joyce Gordon Gallery spoke of wanting to ensure Black people have a space to showcase their talent. Through her non-profit she nurtures young artists. “I now focus on programs for the youth to cultivate their creativity,” she said.
Just beyond the reception desks at the two Clinica Romero health center sites in Los Angeles are signs in English and Spanish that say: “All Are Welcome,” as do buttons worn by staff members.
That message at the two clinics, which welcome patients regardless of whether they can pay, aims to counter fears that health facilities such as clinics are prime arrest sites for undocumented immigrants.
“We are seeing stressed and worried patients as well as conversations about what could happen to patients among clinic staff,” said Nicole Lamoureux, CEO of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFCC), which has clinics in Fresno, Visalia and Tularc.
Local officials on Friday celebrated the groundbreaking for the three-story William Jenkins Health Center at 150 Harbour Way in Richmond, which is expected to be up and running in about 18 to 22 months.
Earlier this year, the Richmond Planning Commission approved the $23 million project by Berkeley-based LifeLong Medical Care, which is replacing about 4,300 square feet of existing portable buildings with a 33,742-square-foot healthcare center.
LifeLong aims to use the new facility to consolidate and expand the care it currently provides from three smaller Richmond sites. The provider also operates a healthcare facility in San Pablo, and recently opened one in Pinole.
RICHMOND — LifeLong Medical Care will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 9 for its newest health center, at 150 Harbour Way. The event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the public is welcome.
The $23 million, LifeLong William Jenkins Health Center is named after the late Dr. William Jenkins Jr., a Greensboro, North Carolina native who opened the first African-American-run pediatrics office in Richmond in 1973 and practiced in the city for five decades, during which he treated more than a million patients, according to an announcement from LifeLong. Jenkins died in 2012 at the age of 83.
The new health center expands pediatric services currently offered at the site and will feature primary care, obstetrics, dental services, and urgent care for families, according to the announcement. Earlier this year, the Richmond Planning Commission approved plans to replace 4,300 square feet of portable buildings at the site with a 33,742-square-foot health center, LifeLong said. The existing health center will remain open during construction.
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