Kern County has some of the highest sexually transmitted disease rates in the state, experts say.
The latest reports from 2017 show more than 10,000 STDs were reported in Kern, according to Kern County Public Health project specialist Karley Beavers, who oversees the STD and HIV program at the department.
BY NATALY SANTAMARIA
In my work at Visión y Compromiso, an organization dedicated to advancing the work of Promotoras and Community Health Workers (CHWs), I’m reminded every day of why we need universal health coverage for all residents, regardless of age or immigration status.
Before Laura Salgado moved to Bakersfield in 1996, she had been teaching at an elementary school in Mexicali for 16 years. Though she didn’t come back to an elementary school classroom in Bakersfield, she still found a way to educate those around her.
Recent rainfall has caused an increase in mosquito activity in Kern, according to Kern Mosquito and Vector Control District.
BY CAROLINE FARRELL
California’s first Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris held a listening in Bakersfield in May, with hopes to hear about local challenges and to share the Administration’s priorities, which advocate for health equity, advancing the social determinants of health and screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) from lifelong exposure to toxic environments (social, physical, and natural).
The City of Arvin illegally approved four oil and gas wells within city limits in 2018, a Kern County judge ruled Friday afternoon.