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North Bay health advocates tackle wide range of wellness obstacles

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In Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties, there are a number of nonprofits and agencies providing valuable wellness services, but it can be difficult to know where to look. Below are a number of agencies that are tackling different health-related challenges in the community and updates from some of their leaders on what kinds of problems they’re seeing facing the older populations they serve in the North Bay.

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Sonoma County seeks next ambulance provider, opening bids for lucrative contract

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After a series of setbacks, Sonoma County has relaunched a search for its next ambulance provider, opening up bidding on what had been an exclusive and lucrative contract handling emergency medical care and transport for a large swath of the region.

The state authority that oversees emergency medical services recently signed off on the local contract requirements, allowing the county to move forward and begin accepting proposals from companies interested serving the most densely populated core of the county.

The step is a small but significant one in a long process and marks the farthest the county has come in finalizing a new deal in years.

Since 1991, the county has offered exclusive rights to an area spanning Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Cotati and surrounding unincorporated areas, with an estimated population of at least 238,096, or nearly half the county.

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More than 500,000 California workers will get $500 pandemic bonuses. Here are the details

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More than 500,000 caregivers in California will each receive a $500 bonus from the state as soon as January, as it tries to retain workers in a sector long hampered by low wages and high turnover rates.

Those who worked as caregivers for at least two months between March 2020 and March 2021 are eligible. Both in-home caregivers and those providing Medi-Cal home and community-based services such as the Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly would qualify, according to the state’s budget document. More than $280 million will be paid out in total, with state and the federal government splitting the cost.

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