Community News - September

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”

 ~Mary Anne Radmacher

SVCHC receives 4 AWARDS in recognition for the great work that provides in the community!

We are proud to share with you that out of 174 FQHCs in California, only 13 received the Health Center Quality Leader Gold award from HRSA, and we were one of them!

In addition, our Health Center received awards for Advancing HIT For Quality and Covid-19 Public Health Champion, along with our Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) designation."


Please be noticed that due to the California current health order, as of September 20th, 2022 anyone entering the building will not be required to do a temperature and symptom check.  Though a surgical mask will no longer be mandatory in the building, wearing a mask is highly recommended -especially if you have any Covid-19 like symptoms. 

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. 

Current Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic Hours


  • On-site Infant/Toddler Vaccines (6 months to 4 yrs old) are being offered on Tuesdays
  • Pfizer (10:00am - 11:00am)
  • Moderna (11:00am -12:00pm)
  • Appointments are encouraged.


  • Wednesday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Pfizer and Moderna vaccine brands are offered for (5 yrs+). Wednesday, September 21st clinic is canceled due to a Town Hall Meeting.

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

For more information, please visit our website below:

SVCHC Vaccine Clinics

Monovalent vs. Bivalent Booster Shots

What you need to know

  • Monovalent: The monovalent COVID-19 vaccines that are authorized or approved by the FDA and have been administered to millions of people in the United States since December 2020 contain a component from the original strain of SARS-CoV-2.

  • 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.

Which brand to get?

  • Monovalent Booster: The CDC recommends that everyone ages 5-11 yrs old should get a Pfizer monovalent booster only. Please note that at the moment, children 6 -11 years old who received a Moderna Covid shot DO NOT need a monovalent booster.

  • Bivalent Booster: The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent, is authorized for use as a single booster dose in individuals 18 years of age and older. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent, is authorized for use as a single booster dose in individuals 12 years of age and older.

When to get it?

  • Bivalent BoosterAt least 2 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. (Except on Sept 21st due to a Community Town Hall Meeting)

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

Additional Dose- Moderately or severely immunocompromised people ages 6 months and older who completed their Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine primary series should plan to get an additional dose at least 8 weeks after their second dose, and people ages 6 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, email us at or call us at 707-939-6070 or click this link

Public Health Order Update:

  • Watch the Sonoma County Department of Health Services and the Sonoma County Office of Education webinar that happened this past August 10th to address questions about Covid-19 as students get back to school.

  • Effective immediately, Order of the Health Officer of the County of Sonoma No. C19-29 is rescinded.
Click here for more information

On Wednesday, September 21st, and Thursday, September 22nd SVCHC will host two town hall meetings onsite. Wednesday 21st will be in English and Thursday 22nd in Spanish. The schedule for both days is from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. We will discuss health-related needs in Sonoma Valley and services at the health center. Our main goal is to receive your feedback so we know how to move forward, improve, and best serve you. SVCHC would be honored to see you at this event. Feel welcome to invite your family members and friends.               

Childcare and food will be provided. 


September National Suicide Prevention  

Did you know that...

  • More than 47,500 Americans die by suicide every year?
  • Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death for people 34-54?
  • For every death by suicide, there are over 25 suicide attempts?
  • The National Prevention Lifeline across the United States is now 988?

Suicide can be prevented. 

  • Learn the warning signs and reach out and help those with suicidal thoughts and feeling.

If you or someone you know needs help, please don't stay silent.

Visit here for resources on how to get help.

You can also click this link to chat with someone now, or dial 988.

2022 Back to School Health Fair was an extraordinary success! 

We are excited to share with you that on August 13th,  we were able to distribute over 600 backpacks and school supplies to Sonoma Valley Students.  In addition, we have received great feedback and many words of gratitude from families regarding this meaningful occasion.

Therefore, we want to express our deepest gratitude to everybody who made this major event possible. (Our BTS committee, the school district, generous donors, amazing volunteers, our CEO Cheryl Johnson, the media, and everybody in the community who collaborated in one way or another). We couldn't have done it without their priceless community-driven spirit and major collaboration!

Fall for these Autumn Safety Tips

Avoid burning leaves. Burning leaves is illegal in some areas. It also releases dangerous chemicals into the air, so try to find another way to get rid of them.

Change smoke alarm batteries. The batteries should be changed twice per year. Many people use Daylight Savings Time as an easy way to remember to change smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detector batteries.

Make sure your heater is working. Before it gets too chilly, turn it on to test and make sure it sufficiently heats up your house. If it seems weak or isn’t working at all, call a professional. You don’t want to get stuck in a bind when the weather hits freezing temperatures.

Be careful with space heaters. Make sure there is plenty of space around the heater so it can vent and you don’t want it to accidentally set something close to it on fire. Don’t leave a space heater unattended.

Candle safety. While candles give off a great aroma and a soft glow, they are definitely a fire hazard. Keep them away from flammable materials, light them in a place where kids or pets can’t knock them over, and make sure to blow them out before leaving your house or going to sleep. The National Candle Association reports that almost 10,000 home fires per year start with faulty candle use.

Watch for poor weather conditions while driving. Rain, snow, fog, ice, and wet leaves are only a few dangers you may encounter on the road over the next few months. Roads can become slippery and visibility decreases in poor conditions, making pedestrians, bicycles, animals, and road signs hard to see.

Watch for children. School is back in session, so watch street corners for children waiting for buses and make sure you follow correct road laws when it comes to stopping for school buses. Children also like playing in piles of leaves. Be safe in neighborhoods where leaves may pile up.

Be safe driving in the dark and bright sunshine. The amount of daylight decreases through autumn and winter, which means you’ll spend more time driving in the dark. Make sure you’re using your headlights correctly and focus on your route. You’ll also need to be careful in the morning. This time of year, the bright sunshine typically rises during the morning rush hour. Have sunglasses on hand to protect your eyes.

Put together an emergency kit for your car. You never know when car trouble could arise. You may find yourself stuck on the side of the road in the rain, snow, or at night. Put together a first aid kit, a flashlight, jumper cables, a blanket, and other devices you think might be helpful.

Practice good ladder safety. Whether you’re doing yard work or hanging holiday decorations, you will likely use a ladder this time of year. Make sure it’s the right height for the task at hand, it should be placed on level ground at all times, avoid stepping on the top rung, and follow other safety rules.

Get a flu shot and prepare for other illnesses. Protect yourself and those around you from becoming sick. Washing your hands on a regular basis will get rid of germs. Avoid going to work or school when you’re sick. Your co-workers and fellow students will thank you.

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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The Department of Health Care Services has implemented the following changes in Medi-Cal:

  • Medi-Cal Expansion for Adult Beginning May 1, 2022, Medi-Cal full-scope benefits will be provided to all individuals age 50 or older, regardless of immigration status, who meet Medi-Cal income eligibility requirements. Previously, individuals without legal status only had access to restricted scope Medi-Cal. Individuals will automatically be transitioned into full-scope Medi-Cal on May 1, 2022.

  • Medi-Cal Postpartum Care Expansion As part of the American Rescue Act Plan (ARPA), effective April 1, 2022, an individual eligible for pregnancy and postpartum care services under Medi-Cal or the Medi-Cal Access Program (MCAP) is entitled to a total of 12 months of postpartum coverage.

  • Medi-Cal Public Health Emergency Phase Out The Covid-19 Public Health Emergency from 2020 is beginning to unwind. Thus Medi-Cal recipients will begin to receive renewal packets in order continue Medi-Cal coverage. It is important for recipients to notify the county of any of the following changes: mailing address, contact number, household size, or income.

*If you are deemed potentially eligible, visit our website and fill out the contact form and a member of the SVCHC eligibility team will reach out to you within 48 hours to assist you with completing your Medi-Cal enrollment application. You may also contact us at (707) 939-6070. (SVCHC does not make the Medi-Cal enrollment determination however; SVCHC assists patients with submitting their application for approval. Note: U.S. residency status is not required to receive Medi-Cal benefits. 


· 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.

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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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