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Friday, May 29, 2020

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I hope this finds you well.

Families in Santa Clara County who do not currently have health insurance may qualify for medical, dental, vision, prescription drug, and mental health coverage.

The Healthier Kids Foundation is providing free assistance with the application process for local families.

Applicants need to be a Santa Clara County resident, have proof of income and proof of residence, and a birth certificate. They must also meet the income requirements.

The assistance is provided by phone and does not require an appointment. It is available in English, Español, Tiếng Việt, by calling 1-877-557-0093.
 
Thanks to Our Emergency Response Social Workers
 
This week I would like to recognize a group of individuals who are both essential workers and first responders, but who do not get the same level of recognition as those who wear a uniform: emergency response social workers.

Emergency response social workers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to investigate the possible abuse or neglect of children. They coordinate with law enforcement first responders to reduce the trauma of multiple interviews of child victims or potential victims. They also help children and their families with the programs, resources, and services they need to stay out of the child welfare system.

These emergency response social workers often find themselves in high-stress, fast-moving situations. This has only increased during the pandemic as children have been kept isolated at home, away from school, organized recreation, and their friends.

I want to say thank you to all emergency response social workers and the rest of our first responders who work in street clothes and may not get the public recognition that their uniformed colleagues do. It takes all of you working together to keep us safe and healthy. Know that whenever I am applauding first responders, I am applauding for you as well as our police officers, fire fighters, and health workers.
 
Santa Clara County’s Senior Nutrition Program and the Department of Animal Services are partnering to offer free, home-delivered pet food and related essential pet needs, such as kitty litter, to program participants, and Meals on Wheels participants.

If you participate in either program, are over 60, and need pet food or pet supplies please call (408) 686-3900. The line is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will need to give them your name, home address, Senior Nutrition Program gold card number, phone number, type of pet, brand of food they eat, and any special dietary needs.

This program is scheduled to end on June 30.
 

 
 Sesame Street and CNN are partnering for a second town hall for kids about COVID-19.

This one will help children and parents understand the latest additional issues surrounding coronavirus, including staying safe in the summer months, going back to school, and how to manage big feelings.

The town hall will be broadcast tomorrow, May 30, at 7 a.m. on CNN, CNN.com, and the CNN app.
 
Have a great weekend, stay safe and healthy, and be well,
 
Cindy
 
Santa Clara County COVID-19 Case Numbers, Hospital Capacity, and Testing Dashboards Can Be Found Here
Copyright © 2020 Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, All rights reserved.


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