Lori Aldrete

Take steps to ensure a healthy, happy pregnancy

If you’re a woman of childbearing age, you should be thinking about your health. Medical research shows that a mother’s health before and during the nine months of pregnancy not only affects a baby’s development in the womb, but also influences the child’s health through adulthood. First 5 Yolo offers information about how to take […]

August 03, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Gallelo saluted for 10 years of service to children

First 5 Yolo Executive Director Julie Gallelo was recognized for her 10 years of leadership and service to the First 5 Yolo Children and Families Commission at the last week’s commission meeting. Commissioners, colleagues and community members joined in the celebration. Gallelo, who holds a master of public health degree from San Diego State University, has […]

June 15, 2014 | Posted in Local News

Project Runway celeb brings cutting-edge fashion for a good cause

Forget your Prada. Pack away your Armani. Come “Yolo County style” and enjoy an evening with fashion designer and Project Runway contestant Timothy Westbrook as he brings his high energy and creative artistry to the Yolo County Children’s Alliance’s fifth annual fashion show Thursday. The “Project Prevention” event begins at 6 p.m. in the West […]

April 02, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

First 5 Yolo reports better access to care

Yolo County’s youngest children have health insurance, improved access to dental care and more fresh produce at meals, according to a recent report evaluating the effectiveness of First 5 Yolo grants.

The First 5 Yolo evaluation findings for fiscal year 2012-13, prepared by the Davis Consultant Network, documented the positive impact of $4.1 million spent last year to support programs and services benefiting infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families.

Of particular significance is that more than 96 percent of the county’s youngest children have health insurance …

Clinic ensures that all kids get dental care

“You doing OK?” Barry Chang, D.D.S., asks his 5-year-old patient. Then a moment later, “Are you still doing OK?”

Osvaldo Ortiz nods his head and Dr. Chang continues to fill the cavity in Osvaldo’s front tooth.

Watching quietly in the room is Osvaldo’s mom, who says she is grateful for the dental care her children receive at CommuniCare’s Salud Dental Clinic in West Sacramento. Through an interpreter she says in Spanish, “They take good care of us … “

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