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May 22, 2024

Key messages

  • Board Chair Catherine Ushka’s legacy will live on at our Department.
  • Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
  • Wildfire season is approaching. Are you prepared?


Remembering Board of Health Chair Catherine Ushka

Our Director of Public Health Chantell Harmon Reed issued a statement on May 16 on the passing of Board Chair Catherine Ushka. “In only a short time under her Board leadership, her legacy is clear.

“She was tirelessly committed to the Department’s mission of protecting and improving our community, especially in health equity and racial justice. Her legacy will continue to influence our Health Department for years to come.”

Read more online.

Focus on mental health just like physical

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.

  • As we face new barriers and challenges, keep in mind that change doesn’t happen overnight.
  • Just like physical exercise, when you focus on small changes, you can get stronger at managing the stressors of modern life.
  • That practice will help you develop long-term strategies to support yourself — and others — for even bigger challenges life is sure to bring.

Read more in this Your Reliable Source blog, as we talk with Chris Trinh, mental health program manager at Asia Pacific Cultural Center.

Are you prepared for wildfire season?

May is Wildfire Awareness Month. Are you ready?

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