West Marin Community Response Team Newsletter Public Health & Emergency Preparedness Updates
November 1, 2023
Wow! What a way to start are series of West Marin Health and Wellness Fairs! Our Point Reyes Health Fair at the Dance Palace was a great success. Over 100 vaccines given, over 60 people received vision care (over half of that received free glasses), 160 burritos were served and many more enjoyed the host of free services and festivities. It was such a joy to see so much of our community show up and connect so many people to so many services. The fun doesn't end here though. We have three more fairs in the next three weeks! With more opportunities for Flu and COVID vaccinations and a whole host of more services. (Please see dates and details below). With COVID vaccinations having become commercialized, we recognize it is creating new disparities in access that directly affect West Marin. With that said, our recent and upcoming Health Fairs have created some opportunities for vaccinations for our West Marin communities. (Please see vaccine opportunities below.) As we are getting into the season where respiratory viruses (COVID, Flu, RSV) tend to increase, we recommend getting up to date on vaccinations.
A fantastic opportunity to be ready for medical emergencies is a lifesaving skills class in Spanish happening Monday, November 6 at the Point Reyes Presbyterian Church from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. One will learn how to stop a bleed, use Narcan, use an AED and hands-only CPR. It will include dinner and childcare. See details in Spanish here.
On a final note, our West Marin Community Response Team has been shifting some of its focus to overdose prevention work. We have distributed over two hundred Narcan units (which is a nasal spray that counteracts an opioid overdose). Narcan from our West Marin distribution has been used to save four lives that we know of. That's incredible, but it also underscores that even our West Marin rural communities are being hit with the opioid epidemic. Along with our Narcan distribution network (please see places of distribution below) we have also begun to set up 24 hour emergency access boxes stocked with Narcan. We have four locations so far (Bolinas Community Center, The West Marin Pharmacy, The Inverness Post Office, and the Inverness Firehouse) where you can access Narcan 24/7 with more locations being set up!
Take care and stay safe,
The West Marin Community Response Team
Huge thanks to everyone that participated and attended our Point Reyes Health and Wellness Fair!
We have 3 more Health Fairs this month! See flyer in Spanish here
Marin Lifesaving Skills Training in Spanish
Marin Health and Human Services presents two-hour class to learn:
Hands only CPR
Automated External Defibrillator
Stop the Bleed
Upcoming Classes in West Marin (In Spanish)
West Marin Community Services (Presbyterian Church Site)
11445 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Monday, November 6, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Register hereor call 415 663 8361
Check out more upcoming classes in Marin County here
24 Hour Access Emergency Overdose Boxes in West Marin! (With more on the way)
24-Hour Access Emergency Overdose Kits in West Marin
Inverness Post Office 12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937 Inverness Firehouse 50 Inverness Way, Inverness, CA 94937 West Marin Pharmacy 11 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 Bolinas Community Center 14 Wharf Rd, Bolinas, CA 94924
What's in the Emergency Overdose Boxes?
Naloxone (brand name NARCAN®) is a life-saving FDA-approved medication that is used to reverse the effects of overdoses from opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, and morphine.
Narcan is administered as a nasal spray version and comes 2 in a kit.
More locations to access free Narcan in West Marin in English and Spanish
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness this fall and winter. Vaccine manufacturers have begun distributing vaccine supply nationwide.
Where to get a Vaccinations in West Marin
Bolinas Health Fair (Flu Vaccines)
Thursday, November 2, 3-7 PM
125 Olema Rd. Bolinas CA 94924 *Flu for everyone 6 months and older
Tomales Health Fair (COVID + Flu Vaccines)
Thursday, November 9, 3-7 PM
40 John St. Tomales CA 94971 *Flu vaccinations for everyone 6 months and older
*COVID vaccinations for Medi-Cal and Uninsured
San Geronimo Health Fair (COVID Vaccines)
Tuesday, November 14, 3-6 PM
San Geronimo Valley Gym
1 Lagunitas School Rd. San Geronimo CA 94963 *Flu vaccinations for everyone 6 months and older *COVID vaccinations for Medi-Cal and Uninsured
West Marin Pharmacy (RSV & Flu Vaccinations)
11 4th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 call 415 663 1121 to make an appointment
West Marin Medical Center
11150 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 (vaccinations for patients only)
Coastal Health Alliance
3 6th St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
88 Mesa Rd, Bolinas, CA 94924 (vaccinations for patients only)
*Update* Thanks to a shipment from CDPH we are able to continue our free COVID test distribution until early December
Free Take-Home COVID Rapid Testing
West Marin Locations Here
If you are symptomatic please test and retest 2-3 days after symptoms start. This is important since the initial test can sometimes be negative, then turn positive in the coming days. If you have been exposed and are not symptomatic, mask and test 2-5 days after exposure.
West Marin Community Services and San Geronimo Valley Community Center distribute tests and masks to local organizations. If you are a business in need of tests or masks, please get in touch with Seamus Tomkins at 415-663-8361 ext. 302
Get four free at-home COVID-19 tests this fall on COVIDTests.gov
Every U.S. household may place an order to receive four free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to your home.
There are safe and effective treatments for COVID 19 and they work best when started early. Seek treatment even if your symptoms are mild. Learn more in Englishand Spanish
Spanish Speaking Emotional Support Group
Join our support group for mental and emotional well-being. In this group, you will find a meeting space for the Hispanic community where support is given for situations and challenges that we are constantly going through, in a safe and confidential environment. In this group, practical and simple tool will also be shared to increase resilience, manage emotions in an intelligent way and lessen the effects of stress and trauma in the body and mind.
When: The 2nd and 4th Monday of every Month
Where: Point Reyes Health and Human Services (Multi-Service Center)
1, 6th Street, Point Reyes Station, CA
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