Community News - October

"One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone."

– Shannon L. Alder


An update to the California current health order, now requires anyone entering the building to wear a mask. 

Patients with scheduled appointments should receive a phone call no earlier than 24 hours prior to determine symptoms. Patients showing certain symptoms will be asked to remain in their cars until the time of their visit. We would greatly appreciate your cooperation as SVCHC works to ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff. 

You may notice that our receptionists are wearing masks. This is our effort to keep our staff safe and available to help us help you. 

For assistance, call SVCHC at (707)939-6070, or for an emergency call 911 or visit the emergency room at your nearest hospital. 

Please note, that behavioral health services will continue to be telephonic until further notice. If you want someone to talk to, call our main number (707)939-6070 and we will get you in contact with one of our staffers. 



  • CURATIVE provides Covid-19 testing at SVUSD during the week. For an appointment or for other CURATIVE  sites click here. 

  • LHI provides Covid-19 testing on Saturdays at Sonoma Valley Community Health Center parking lot. For an appointment or for other LHI sites click here.


  • As of September 27th, 2022, We no longer offer  On-site Infant/Toddler Vaccines (6 months to 4 yrs old).


  • Wednesday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Pfizer and Moderna vaccine brands are offered for people 5 years and older. 

Please note: physical paper vaccination cards are required for 2nd and booster doses.

For more information, please visit our website below:

SVCHC Vaccine Clinics

Bivalent Booster Shots

What you need to know

  • Bivalent: The authorized bivalent COVID-19 vaccines, or updated boosters, include an mRNA component of the original strain to provide an immune response that is broadly protective against COVID-19 and an mRNA component in common between the omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5 lineages to provide better protection against COVID-19 caused by the omicron variant.

  • On October 12, 2022. CDC’ expanded the use of updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 through 11 years. This follows the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization of updated COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech for children ages 5 through 11 years, and from Moderna for children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years.

Which brand to get?

  • Moderna Bivalent Booster It is authorized for use as a single booster dose in individuals six years of age and older.

When to get it?

  • Bivalent BoosterAt least two months after their primary dose or any previous monovalent booster.


SVCHC Vaccination clinic hours for boosters 

  • Wednesdays from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Please note: physical paper vaccination cards are required for 2nd and booster doses.

Additional Dose- Moderately or severely immunocompromised people ages six months and older who completed their Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine primary series should plan to get an additional dose at least eight weeks after their second dose. People ages six months and older who completed their Moderna COVID-19 vaccine primary series should plan to get an additional dose at least 28 days after their second dose.


For questions, please email us at or call us at 707-939-6070 or click this link.

GARLAND LAMB is honored at this year's STAR AWARDS as a SVCHC's VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 2021-2022!

One of the many things SVCHC feels proud of it's its amazing volunteers. They have worked many hours, especially during the pandemic, with passion and love. SVCHC's contribution to the community wouldn't be the same without them. This year it is a pleasure to recognize Garland Lamb as our volunteer of the year 2021-2022.  Click here for a complete list of volunteers honored this year.

Garland's favorite quote is by Mahatma Gandhi: "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." 

SVCHC testifies that Garland lives by this quote. 

Public Health Order Update:

To keep up with the latest news and changes, visit the Sonoma County page by clicking the button below.

Click here for more information

Registration deadlines:

  • In person at voting location on Election Day: November 8
  • Online: October 24 by 11:59 pm.
  • By mail (postmarked by): October 24

For more information click here.


  • Breast Cancer is mainly found in women 50 years old or older.
  • The average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 13%
  • Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. A woman's chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 39.


  • Menopause
  • Getting older
  • Exposure to the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES)
  • Genetic mutations
  • Having dense breast
  • Personal history of breast cancer or specific non-cancerous breast disease.
  • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • Previous treatment using radiation therapy


  • Not being physically active
  • Reproductive history
  • Obesity
  • Taking hormones
  • Drinking alcohol.

For more information, visit the CDC website. 

"We remember

the babies born sleeping,

those we carried but never held,

those we held but could not take home,

those who came home

but could not stay."


  • The day is a time to honor and grieve all forms of pregnancy and infant death: miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, and infant loss due to medical conditions, illness, accidents or violence.
  • In 1988, President Reagan designated the month of October as a time to acknowledge pregnancy and infant loss.
  • It wasn't until 2006 that Congress declared October 15 National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, the result of a years-long petition campaign by three mothers, explained in the National Day Calendar. 

To watch a local testimony, click here

For local resources, visit this website. 


Did you know that ...

1 IN 5 high school students reported being bullied at school in the last year.

1 IN 6 high school students reported being cyberbullied in the last year. 

To learn more about how you can help to stop this, click here.

For local resources, visit here or call 707-933-4HUB for more information.

You can also send an email to


Everyone deserves healthy relationships

For more information, visit this website

For local resources, click this link. 

Are you and your family PREPARED?

To learn more about safety tips to protect yourself and your loved ones, visit our website by clicking this link. 

International ShakeOut Day is October 20. millions of people worldwide will participate in earthquake drills at work, school, or home! You can be part of it too!

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills help people in homes, schools, and organizations worldwide improve preparedness and practice safety during earthquakes. Register to participate in your state or country's drill here 

How to safely participate in Treat-or-Treating

  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before you eat any treats.
  • Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
  • Wash hands before handling treats.
  • Wear a mask
  • Keep your distance. Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you.

For more information about a safe Halloween, celebration click this link.

Do you need help caring for your pets?

Pets Lifeline is excited to help low-income residents with veterinarian and pet care costs for up to $200 per household with a household maximum income of $2400/month.

They ask veterinarians to send them an invoice directly, as they cannot reimburse pet owners. 

If you come across a pet owner who could benefit from this program, please share this information. If the owner does not have access to a printer, the owner can also connect directly with Theresa Rhodes at or 707-996-4577 ext. 110 

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Support your community while you shop

Do you shop on Amazon? If yes, it is easy to support SVCHC with each purchase. A few minutes to set up is all it takes. If you type in the word 'smile.' before, you will be brought to the same Amazon site, but on the fundraising side.

Do you have family and friends that wouldn't mind taking a minute and

choosing SVCHC? It cost the purchaser nothing to benefit SVCHC.

Use this link to support SVCHC



· Appointments for SVCHC W.I.C Office must be made via phone prior to visits. Please call 707-565-6590.

· Food Distribution is at SVCHC every 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. Distribution hours are from 8:45 am-9:45 am or until supply lasts. 

· Visit the Sonoma County Website for more info about Covid-19 vaccine clinics and testing.

To find more community resources available click the button below

Community Resources

Thank you for investing in health for Sonoma Valley children, families, and seniors.

Sonoma Valley Community Health Center has been on the front lines, providing care to our neighbors since 1992. Low-wage jobs, minimal health benefits, and the high living cost mean too many of our neighbors lack access to affordable health care. We spend approximately $1 million each year on providing care to our patients who are under or uninsured. Thanks to generous, community-minded people like you, we can ensure that all of our neighbors have access to quality care.


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Mission: To provide accessible quality health care to those who need it, especially the underserved.

Vision: To be recognized as a leader in providing Patient and Community-centered care in collaboration with other organizations.

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