• 10/26/2019 07:10 | Joseph Jacobs (Administrator)

    On October 12th, the SSVMSA Bus Trip to Napa brought 38 people to the world-renowned Peju winery!  Upon arrival we were invited into the vineyards where we were given a VIP wine tasting.  We were able to first taste grapes fresh off of the vines.  Then we were given the juice of the grape that had just been pressed.  Everyone was surprised to see that the juice contained bits of stem and seed, but it was delicious!  Lastly, we tasted the cabernet wine that came from the grape! It was a unique and delightful experience.  We were then taken through a very generous tasting of many of the wines that Peju produces.  Next, we moved to lovely tables set for our gourmet lunch, also in the vineyard. 

    With our bellies full of wonderful food and wine we were able to stretch our legs and tour Peju’s sculpture garden.  Peju’s owner, Herta Peju, delighted us with a description of different art pieces and a bit of history on how each piece was acquired.    All in all it was a fabulous day and a great way to build excitement for the up and coming Art of Medicine 2020!!

  • 07/03/2019 16:26 | Joseph Jacobs (Administrator)

    Women’s Empowerment’s mission is to educate and empower women who are homeless with the skills and confidence necessary to secure a job, create a healthy lifestyle, and regain a home for themselves and their children.  Their onsite child development center goes far beyond childcare to address the developmental, medical, emotional and educational needs of homeless children. 

    Each year, Women’s Empowerment serves more than 600 women of all ethnicities who are homeless ages 18 and up and living in the greater Sacramento area, as well as their 120 children.  The women and children they serve face monumental barriers, including health disparities, racial injustice and the effects of chronic poverty.  Most women in the program are single mothers, and more than a third have children too young for preschool.  Women’s Empowerment’s comprehensive child development center is usually their only option for quality child care and a key place to build developmental skills.

    With this $5000 grant, Women’s Empowerment will provide pre- and post-child development assessment materials for 50 homeless children enrolled in our child development center this year.  They will also provide toys and tools for developmental assessments and children with special needs.  Lastly, they will offer healthy snacks and meals for the children, as well as formula and diapers.

  • 06/23/2019 13:00 | Joseph Jacobs (Administrator)

  • 06/14/2019 19:31 | Joseph Jacobs (Administrator)

    ln order to eliminate health disparities for boys and men of color, it is important to understand and address root causes.  An existing and growing body of research suggests that disparities result from a complex interplay of factors at the individual, interpersonal, community, and macro levels.  Disparities among boys and men of color are largely the result of a cumulative set of factors, which include adverse socioeconomic conditions, lack of health insurance, and unequal access to health care, as well as lack of quality education, adequate housing, and employment.  Considering the social determinants of health, this population also experiences disproportionate levels of trauma, misdiagnosed or undiagnosed mental illness, over-medication, and high levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.

    Mental Health First Aid will provide training to Sacramento area boys and men of color.  The training and education program will deliver clinical and holistic prevention and early intervention strategies while increasing awareness opportunities for treatment and linkages to care.

    Trauma has sometimes been defined solely in reference to circumstances that are outside normal human experience.  This definition does not fully encompass the experiences of the young boys and men of color who are the focus of this project.

    For them, traumatic experiences may become an almost routine part of everyday existence.  Besides violence, assault, and other traumatic events, African American and Latino males often experience more subtle and insidious forms of trauma.

    Their exposure to discrimination, racism, oppression, and poverty is pervasive.  When experienced chronically, these events have a cumulative impact that can be fundamentally life-altering.  Such traumas are directly related to chronic fear and anxiety, with serious long-term effects on health and other life outcomes for males of color.  Yet to be fully developed is an understanding of the multiple ways in which repetitive and multigenerational exposure to violence, oppression, neglect, discrimination, criminalization and poverty can impact individuals and entire communities.

    This work focuses on boys and men of color who have experienced and are still experiencing such forms of structural and systemic trauma.  A term related to trauma is "adversity," which helps to clarify what people of color experience in the United States. It includes not just experiences outside usual human experience, but those that have become all too much a part of everyday existence.

  • 06/14/2019 18:58 | Joseph Jacobs (Administrator)
  • 02/17/2019 18:21 | Joseph Jacobs (Administrator)

    SSVMSA once again joined the Colorectal Cancer Alliance in support of the fight against colorectal cancer.  The weather was perfect for a 5K run or walk.  If you missed the event this year, be prepared to register early next year.

  • 02/02/2019 16:17 | Joseph Jacobs (Administrator)

  • 12/01/2018 09:31 | Joseph Jacobs (Administrator)

    The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) and the Alliance (SSVMSA) would like to take this opportunity to offer our sincere condolences to those affected by the wildfires here in California. We are working with the Butte-Glenn Medical Society to help physician members to ensure that the community has physicians who are present in mind, body and spirit, so they can take care of themselves and their patients. Thank you to everyone who is able to help support the wildfire victims.

    There are several ways you can support our counterparts affected by the Butte Glenn wildfires.

    • The Paradise medical community is in more need of gift cards and cash donations than shelter.
    • Donate via PayPal
      • Please type Fire Relief under "Special Instructions" upon donating
    • Write a check
      • Please make your check out to "CSERF" with the notation Fire Relief in the notes section

    Please send all checks and gift cards to:


    5380 Elvas Ave, Ste 101

    Sacramento, CA 95819

  • 10/02/2018 16:13 | Joseph Jacobs (Administrator)
    The podcast features different local physicians each episode and they share how they find joy in their practice of medicine. The podcast is available on your favorite podcast app such as “Podcasts” by Apple or Overcast, or you can stream episodes through the Joy of Medicine website. Please invite friends to subscribe and share. Episodes are released every other Sunday. Apple/iTunes Link:

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  • 09/26/2018 18:50 | Joseph Jacobs (Administrator)

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