For families across the state, summer is a time for family vacations,
days in or on the water and food from the grill. It is also a time to
remain vigilant about personal health and safety. Californians for
Patient Care, an independent nonprofit focused on patient advocacy,
encourages all Californians to kick off the summer season by embracing a
few important safety and health tips.
We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible and avoid
any unnecessary trips to the emergency room, said Carmella Gutierrez,
president of Californians for Patient Care. By keeping basic preventive
measures top of mind, you and your family can enhance your summer fun.
For example, the nonprofit advises reapplying sunscreen often to help
prevent deadly skin cancer; and learning how to perform CPR and the
Heimlich Maneuver could save someones life. Californians for Patient
Care also encourages simple and common sense steps such as covering your
mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze or washing your hands
frequently can help an entire household stay healthy. Also in the summer
heat, drink lots of fluids, check your areas air quality to make sure
that its safe to play outdoors, and keep a close eye on children
playing near water. (A full list of summer health and safety tips can
be found here).
In addition to these reminders, Californians for Patient Cares website
contains valuable information on all of Californias no-cost and
low-cost healthcare facilities through its free online guide
People can access MHR, the states most comprehensive online guide of
affordable resources by clicking on the blue button Find Low or No Cost
Services at www.calpatientcare.org.
After typing in basic search information such as city or county and
category of resource, Californians can find a comprehensive list of
local healthcare providers that provide primary, dental and mental
healthcare services to the uninsured and underinsured. The website is
also available in Spanish.
Along with information on local healthcare service providers,
Californians for Patient Care also provides information on patient
rights, chronic disease management, how to shop for health insurance,
information on new research studies and links to helpful organizations
Californians for Patient Care is a nonprofit organization based in
Sacramento dedicated to protecting the interests of patients and
ensuring all California consumers have fair and equitable access to high
quality healthcare. For more information, visit www.calpatientcare.org.