In August CalAgrAbility mentioned that staff, with a prosthetist from Merced, CA, were working to provide a farm worker with a prosthetic arm. The prosthetist with three other prosthetists worked pro bono for him. After several meetings and fittings, the CalAg client received his prosthetic arm and says it is working great. He will also be receiving free follow up care.
CalAgrAbility conducted five "Get Moving: Arthritis Prevention & Pain Management Exercise Program" workshops at Clinica Tepati in Sacramento and at RISE INC in Winters and Esparto in English and Spanish. CalAg staff has developed a great relationship with RISE INC, a county-wide rural non-profit, as they have regularly included CalAg in their special events. Staff looks forward to continuing exercise classes at both facilities in 2014.
Staff participated in the SafeTALK training conducted by the Yolo County Dept of Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health where staff learned how to acknowledge initiations and how to keep individuals safe from completing suicide. CalAg was certified as helpers for those contemplating suicide.
As part of CalAg's outreach to Spanish-speaking communities via print, radio, and video, CalAg prepares monthly public service announcements and coordinates dissemination with the University of California Bilingual Media Services Division. CalAgrAbility also uses twitter as a networking tool. Follow us.
Submitted by Martha Stiles