The California State Rural Health Association was founded in 1995 in Arcata, California.

Peggy Wheeler Receives High Honors

Last week we presented the Mario Gutierrez California State Rural Health Champion Award to Peggy Broussard Wheeler.

Peggy serves as the Vice President, Rural Health & Governance at the California Hospital Association.  She is responsible for developing, advocating and executing public policies, legislation and regulations on behalf of small and rural hospitals at the state and national levels. In addition, she serves as the issue manager for language access, governance, prison and homeless issues.

Previously, Peggy served as health policy analyst for the California Legislative Rural Caucus where she conducted research and provided analyses of relevant issues that affect individuals, families and communities in rural California.

Peggy Wheeler receives award

Congratulations to Peggy Wheeler! You are our champion!

The Mario Gutierrez California State Rural Health Championship Award is named in honor of rural health care advocate Mario Gutierrez, who worked tirelessly to end disparities in medical care for Native Americans, migrant workers, rural residents and many other people.  Mario passed away in August 2017.

Help Protect the Most Vulnerable in our Communities - Get Vaccinated Against the Flu

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and can lead to hospitalization and death. Every year in the United States, millions of people are sickened, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from the flu.

Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people) and serious problems related to the flu can happen at any age, but some people are a higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children.

The best way and most important step to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine each year. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

The U.S. government estimates that 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter -- the disease's highest death toll in at least four decades.  Already, a child in Florida has become the first person to due to the flu this season.

Use the complimentary CDC tool below to find where you can get vaccinated.