Wendy Young, Executive Director
Sonoma County Medical Association
(707) 620-0808 | exec@scma.org
Hello from the Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. I believe this is our home for the foreseeable future, until our community no longer needs the support to vaccinate. Rachel and I have an amazing support team that helps us to monitor clinic appointments, engage and train volunteers, create and implement clinic processes, document procedures, procure supplies, set and reset the clinic flow, water plants, etc.

Our volunteer MD’s, RN’s, FNP, EMTP, etc. (the heart and soul of the clinic) pull the vaccine into syringes, vaccinate our guests and monitor patient response, have become our work family, we see each other more than we see our home family! Many physicians, RNs and NPs spend almost as much time at the clinic as we do. Their commitment to the community is inspiring. Some have volunteered since the beginning of this outreach in January.

Someday soon I will take a moment to introduce you to each of these amazing people!

We recently added an outstanding team of state traveling nurses who round out the services of the SCMA clinic by stepping in where needed. I believe they could run the show without us if we let them! However, I am committed to the SCMA vaccine clinic being a place where community physicians take the lead in serving the community.

Please consider joining our team of amazing volunteers by contacting us at (707) 525-4375 or emailing volunteer@scma.org. Until then, if you are looking for us, you know where to find us. Come say hello and take a tour. We are very proud of what this team has created.

It takes a village and we have created quite a tribe!
SCMA Partners With SRCH to Expand Community Outreach
The Sonoma County Medical Association and the Santa Rosa Community Health entered into a partnership agreement to administer vaccines for underserved communities and those without access to healthcare. SCMA’s vaccination clinic at the Grace Pavilion will continue operations with vaccine support from SRCH. SCMA will support SRCH's Grace Pavilion clinic and the new satellite clinic in the Roseland Library set to open on April 13, 2021. We are seeking local bilingual patient care medical staff to fill roles as vaccinators, mixologist and physician in charge. Please email us at volunteer@scma.org and fill out the survey that is sent in reply. Our team will connect with you.

Leveraging strengths of the two organizations expands local vaccination outreach to meet regional goals for equitable access. The SCMA clinic has administered over 15,000 vaccine doses including focused clinics for healthcare, essential and agricultural workers, indigenous and LatinX communities, low income and homeless populations. SRCH, which provides healthcare to over 40,000 low-income and diverse residents in Santa Rosa, has administered over 10,000 doses, more than half of which have been to people who identify as Hispanic/Latinx. 

SCMA Clinic Vaccination appointments next week
Week of April 5–9, 2021

Please amplify these appointment links with your patients.
SCMA has the following dates and times available for COVID-19 vaccinations; current appointments are open to residents of Sonoma County
who are 50 yrs age or older. 

Monday, April 5 •10 am–3 pm: 

Tuesday, April 6 •10 am–3 pm: 

Wednesday, April 7 •1–3:30 pm: https://www.caprepmod.org/reg/1619329077

Thursday, April 8 •10 am–3 pm: 
Friday, April 9 •10 am–3 pm:

Address: Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds:
1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Please email any questions to appointment@scma.org.


We will continue to need the help of our dedicated volunteers at the
SCMA clinics. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide!

Volunteer: volunteer@scma.org

Clinic information and appointments:
email appointment@scma.org | call (707) 525-4375

Donate supplies or nutrition for volunteerscliniclogistics@scma.org

In the news

The Press Democrat, March 26, 2021

Prefer to donate with a check?

Please mail checks payable to "Medical Society of Sonoma County" to
1613 Madeira Circle, Petaluma, CA 94954.
If requested, we are happy to send you a receipt for your tax records.
Contact Rachel at 707-525-4375 or rachel@scma.org.
CHI COVID-19 collaborative strategy
As a member of Health Action’s Committee for Healthcare Improvement (CHI), SCMA also belongs to the COVID-19 Collaborative Strategy workgroup, which has two primary objectives:

  • Coordinating and aligning activities of Public Health, CHI Collaborative partners and other community programs to maximize equitable access to COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and other prevention measures.
  • Linking communication strategies with programs and activities to improve coordination and consistency of messaging around vaccination access and hesitancy.

While there are many ongoing efforts nationwide to educate the American public about COVID-19 vaccines, the CHI Collaborative Strategy group addresses local COVID-19 prevention and vaccine strategies—along with developing culturally and linguistically responsive solutions to improve access to care for all.

Physicians, as trusted messengers for their patients and community, play a critical role building public confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines. As the County transitions vaccine management to the Blue Shield TPA, please encourage patients who have not been vaccinated to (1) register with MyTurn (2) check vaccine clinic information at socoemergency.org and (3) along with all residents, continue masking and social distancing. (Other messages will be forthcoming from the Strategy group.)

For more details, view the workgroup’s presentation to CHI. Questions or suggestions? Contact Dr. Jason Cunningham at jcunningham@wchealth.org.
County COVID-19 updates
Click the images below for current information and statistics in each county.

FREE supplies for member and nonmember practices

CMA is collecting only a nominal shipping/handling fee with each order to offset the actual costs associated with managing the program, which include warehousing, packing and freight preparation, and actual shipping costs. CMA will offer this program for as long as supplies are available. ORDER HERE.

You must request PPE through the CMA portal. SCMA and MLCMS are no longer processing orders. For questions, please contact CMA member services at 800-786-4262 or through CMA's contact form.
Local Physician, Catherine Gutfreund, MD, bids for
CMA president-elect!
I am running for CMA president-elect because I want to represent and empower California physicians. Our colleagues are suffering from the impact of the ongoing pandemic. We face physician burn-out and scope of practice issues. I will lead CMA in addressing the issues that impact us.

I will work tirelessly on your behalf. Together, we can impact the health and wellness of Californians for generations to come. I would be honored to have your support for the office of CMA president-elect.
For my full statement and additional background information, please see my campaign website, scan the barcode at the right or contact me at Catherine.A.Gutfreund@kp.org.

Pictured above: A look back at Sonoma Medicine's summer 2010 cover, when Dr. Gutfreund began her tenure as SCMA president.
SCMA 2020: Let's Review!
2020 was a year like no other with the global COVID-19 pandemic and multiple wildfires across the West Coast. Sonoma County's medical community was exhausted, and many practices struggled to stay viable.

SCMA supported the practice of medicine and the community in ways never before envisioned, including distributing PPE supplies and operating COVID-19 vaccine clinics.

We are grateful for your membership; together we will continue to represent the interests of physicians and the patients you serve.

Membership is affordable and easy to maintain;
monthly payment plans are available. Call 800-786-4262 or click the button below to join online.
The Medical Society of Sonoma County was formed in 2017 to expand the Sonoma County Medical Association’s access to resources and ability to serve our community. As a physician-driven public charity and a 501(c)(3) organization, MSSC is eligible to apply for funding and grants that are not available to SCMA—and donations made to MSSC are fully tax-deductible.

MSSC is managed by SCMA leadership, board of directors and staff in tandem with the Medical Association. MSSC is currently seeking sponsorships, grants and funding for SCMA’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics, and community engagement activities. If you have a program that you would like MSSC to consider, please contact Executive Director Wendy Young at 707-620-0808 or exec@scma.org.

You can support SCMA’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics with a donation to MSSC via Roll Up Your Sleeves Sonoma County or by designating MSSC as your charitable organization when you shop on Amazon Smile.

NorCal Mutual Stock Conversion - Colleagues Connection
Sonoma County Medical Association hosts
Virtual Q&A Meeting re:

NORCAL Mutual Stock Conversion
For NORCAL Mutual members and stockholders. Q&A session hosted by SCMA and financial advisor Russell Van Sistine regarding NORCAL Stock Conversion offer closing April 27. Join the conversation.

Monday, April 12, 2021 • 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. REGISTER HERE
Legislative Advocacy Conference
CMA will host its 47th Annual Legislative Advocacy Conference April 5 - 9, 2021, with an
hour-long virtual program scheduled for April 6.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 • 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. REGISTER HERE

Telehealth Series for Small and Medium Sized Practices: (Pt. 12)
CMA is inviting practices to bring any and all questions about the future of telehealth. There will be minimal planned presentation – just a review of some of the most commonly asked questions. Come prepared with your most pressing thoughts and questions to hear from CMA’s experts on the issues.
Thursday, April 8, 2021 • 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. REGISTER HERE

Virtual Grand Rounds: Post-Acute COVID Syndrome – In It for the
Long Haul?
In this grand rounds we will feature physicians working clinically to monitor and care for patients with prolonged sequelae, and a researcher who is investigating the epidemiology and causes of post-acute COVID symptoms.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 • 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. REGISTER HERE

CME Providers: Accreditation Workshop
This two-part virtual webinar will be a deep dive into the accreditation rules, including the core criteria and new Standards for Integrity and Independence. 
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 • 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Part 1 AND
Friday, April 16, 2021 • 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Part 2 REGISTER HERE
Sutter Health Virtual Grand Rounds
Sutter Health: The Sutter Health Virtual Grand Rounds is a Continuing Education (CE)* webinar series hosted by Sutter Health Network providers for all medical professionals across Northern California. Learn about the entire series here

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. REGISTER HERE
6R Stress Management: Presented by Ronesh Sinha, MD

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. REGISTER HERE
Presented by Christopher Woods, MD, PhD, FHRS


Shriners Hospitals for Children:
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 • 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. REGISTER HERE
What Every Pediatric Provider Needs to Know
Presented by Nichole Friel, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist
For pediatricians, primary care providers, orthopaedic specialists, emergency medicine specialists, urgent care providers, physical therapists, registered nurses, school-based nurses, and athletic directors and trainers

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit Designation for 1.0 contact hour for each program.

Congratulations and welcome to our newest SCMA members! We are pleased to have you on board and look forward to supporting your practice and collaborating with you and your colleagues.
Elizabeth Au, MD
Internal Medicine

Alisa Awtry, MD
Family Medicine

Elliott Brandwene, MD
Emergency Medicine

William Binder, MD
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Autumn Burnes, MD
Family Medicine

Rodney Camp, DO

David Chappell, MD
Internal Medicine

Charlotte Carlson, MD
Geriatric Medicine

Glency Sue Marie Caromias, MD
Family Medicine

Jason Cunningham, DO
Family Medicine

Peter Dentone, MD

Gabriel Dianes, MD
Family Medicine

William Elder, MD
Family Medicine

Yolanda Flores-Cueva, MD
Family Medicine

Patricia Glatt, MD
Family Medicine

Robert Hentz, MD
Familyl Medicine

Benjamin Hernandez-Velasco, MD
Internal Medicine

Sahar Jamalyaria, DO
Family Medicine

Tannia Joson, MD
Internal Medicine

Alexander Juhn, MD

Zeyad Kanaan, MD
Medical Oncology

Prabpreet Kaur, MD

Christopher Kim, MD

Nicholas Kujala, MD

Erica Kumala, MD
Family Medicine

David Maniscalco, MD

Demara Miller, MD
Family Medicine

Tamaki Myers, MD
Emergency Medicine

Johnathan Nguyen, MD
Family Medicine

Lisa Nicholson, MD
Family Medicine

Monica O'Hanlon, MD

Stephen Perry, MD
Family Medicine

Phyllis Rich, MD
Family Medicine

Saverio Roberto, DO
Family Medicine

Steven Rockoff, MD

Joseph Rodriguez, MD

Kristina Rodriguez, MD
Family Medicine

Melissa Seeker, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Karina Silva Atkinson, MD
Family Medicine

Susan Ziolkowski, MD
Internal Medicine
Health Careers Scholarship - Donate today!
SCMA is pleased to partner with the Sonoma County Medical Association Alliance Foundation (SCMAAF) to support fundraising for this important program. Although the two organizations are separate entities, we share many common interests, including the annual Health Careers Scholarship awards.

Your donation through the SCMAAF website will help pave the way for the next generation of medical practitioners in Sonoma County. Click on the image below to donate.
Membership is an investment
The California Medical Association works closely with state and federal leaders to ensure physicians are included in COVID-19 relief programs, and has also ensured payment parity between in-person and telehealth services, including telephonic visits.

CMA and its county medical societies also support California's physicians with a multitude of member services ranging from direct payor intervention to an extensive network of resources and benefit partners.

To learn more, see the flier at the left or call CMA's call center during weekday business hours at 800-786-4262.
When you renew your membership or join the California Medical Association and SCMA or MLCMS, you add your voice to nearly 50,000 members statewide who are actively supporting the practice of medicine and public health initiatives like SCMA's COVID-19 vaccine clinics. Membership is affordable and easy to maintain; monthly payment plans are available. Call 800-786-4262 or click the button below to join online.
Congress acts to stop Medicare 2% sequestration cuts
On March 25, the U.S. Senate voted 90-2 to pass bipartisan legislation to extend the moratorium on the Medicare 2% sequestration payment cut that would have expired on April 1 through Dec. 31, 2021. The bill also included a technical fix to help the California Disproportionate Share Hospitals. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a different bill (HR 1868) that would extend the moratorium through the COVID-19 public health emergency and eliminate a 4% Medicare sequestration cut that is scheduled to take effect because of the House PayGo and Reconciliation rules.

Speaker Pelosi’s office said that the House will take up the Senate bill when the House returns from the Spring/Easter recess on April 12. The House is expected to pass the Senate version. Congressional leadership have indicated that they will re-address the 4% Medicare sequestration cuts later in the year before they take effect in 2022.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have signaled that they can hold the early April Medicare physician claims on the payment floor until the House acts. This payment hold will allow CMS to avoid paying physicians the 2% reduced rate and retroactively reconcile claims. More details here.
Celebrating National Volunteer Week
Since 1993, Operation Access has enabled physicians and medical centers across the Bay Area to donate vital surgical and specialty care for low-income and uninsured adults. We’re celebrating National Volunteer Week (April 18–24) with gratitude to volunteer physicians and a special nod to our 2020 Unsung Hero Award honoree—Dr. Robert Haimson of Sutter Health in Santa Rosa.

Patient spotlight: Jorge, a volunteer for his church’s thrift store, badly injured his knee during a fall from the store’s delivery truck. Uninsured and unable to afford medical care, Jorge finally visited his local health clinic, where his primary care provider referred him to Operation Access. We matched Jorge with Dr. Robert Haimson for surgery to repair the meniscal tear. Since the surgery, Jorge’s pain has decreased significantly, and he is looking forward to returning to work full time, volunteering at his church, and playing with his daughters again. FULL STORY HERE.

Operation Access is seeking volunteer physicians for surgical and specialty care patients; you determine the frequency of participation and types of cases you accept. To learn how you can help, please call 415-733-0052 or email info@operationaccess.org. Visit our website at www.operationaccess.org.
Complying with 2021 employment laws
Many new employment laws have emerged this year that impact physicians in their roles as employers, especially in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the one-hour webcast, Complying with 2021 Employment Laws: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, presented by the Cooperative of American Physicians (CAP), Alexis James and Renee Noy, Managing Partners at WorkWise Law, PC, discuss new regulations and policies to help physicians avoid costly employment-related lawsuits.

Learn more about CAP's medical malpractice coverage.
Contact: Dorine Leong | 650-543-2183 |DLeong@CAPphysicians.com

Join Jewish Community Free Clinic for our 6th annual Works of Heart Art Show and Fundraiser. This event is a collaboration between national and local artists and Sonoma County’s only completely free clinic. At this inspiring event, artists come together to show their art and raise much needed operating funds for our free clinic. Art proceeds are shared between artists and the clinic— supporting both the arts and the activities of our safety
net services.

LIVE BROADCAST: Sunday, April 18 at 1:00 p.m. PDT
Virtual art show: April 1–18

The Sutter Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency (SRFMR) is looking for experienced family doctors and pediatricians to teach in our outpatient pediatric clinics as members of the SRFMR Community Faculty. Time commitment is variable and can be worked around your schedule. Volunteer and paid options available. If you have a passion for children's health and for teaching young physicians, please contact Director of Pediatrics Mark Sloan, MD, at markpsloan@gmail.com or 707-536-6105. Learn more on the SRFMR website.


Operation Access is seeking volunteer physicians to provide surgical and specialty care for low-income and uninsured adults in Northern California. You determine the frequency of participation and types of cases you accept. Please contact us to learn more about how you can get involved. Call 415-733-0052, email info@operationaccess.org or visit our website.


For updates on future SCMA vaccination clinics and volunteer opportunities, please join our mailing list. When you sign up for our email communications list, you'll receive the latest information and resources from SCMA and MLCMS.
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Contact SCMA|MLCMS: exec@scma.org
or rachel@scma.org | 707-525-4375