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SSVMS Medical Society News is a monthly e-bulletin from the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) containing up-to-date information and breaking news on issues impacting physicians practicing in El Dorado, Sacramento and Yolo counties. To receive your free subscription, contact SSVMS at (916) 452-2671 or


SSV Medical Society News - 2021 - Volume 10 - Issue 07

Medical Society News
July 2021
SSVMS and CMA are pleased to invite physician practices (independent practitioners and groups with fewer than 200 physicians) to apply for a practice support grant of $10,000 per office location to cover expenses related to providing COVID-19 vaccines. Funded by the California Department of Public Health, the CalVaxGrant program will offer funding, one-on-one myCAvax support, and vaccine administration resources for physician practices. Physicians for a Healthy California will begin accepting grant applications July 12 through August 13, 2021 or until funding is expended. Grants are available on a first come first served basis.
To be eligible for a practice support grant, physician practices must be registered with CAIR2, have an IIS ID, and have completed section A of the myCAVax application. If you are not registered with CAIR2, click here to start the process. Once these steps have been completed you may apply for a practice support grant starting Monday, July 12 at
An FAQ and additional information can be found here. If you are an SSVMS/CMA member, reach out to Dana Brooks for personal assistance. 
Aileen Wetzel, CEO, SSVMS
Email your Senator today to share your concerns about AB 1130 (Wood) which creates an Office of Health Care Affordability run by an unelected bureaucrat with the power to set “cost targets” on physicians.  A sample email is provided.
Email your Assemblymember now to ask for a YES vote on SB 395 (Caballero), which seeks to curtail the growing epidemic of vaping in youth by taxing vaping products at the same rate as traditional tobacco products. Revenues will fund prevention programs and assist with loan repayment for physicians serving patients in underserved areas. This bill will be heard in Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday, July 13. A sample email is provided.
SSVMS Events
SSVMS and Alliance Blood Drive
Wed, July 21, | 9:30am-1:30pm
Hosted at the SSVMS 5380 Elvas, Sacramento, CA 95815
Webinar: Access to HealthCare for LGBTQ+
Wed, Sept 1
Paint and Sip
Wed, Sept, 15
Sat, Sept 25, 2021
Capitol Plaza Ballrooms, Sacramento CA
Enjoy a full breakfast and connect with colleagues in person at our 2021 Joy of Medicine Summit. See the full list of speakers here.
CMA Events
Sat, July 10| 10:00am-11:00am
Tue, July 20| 12:00pm-1:30pm
Other Events
Thur, July 8 | 1:00pm-5:00pm - Register by Tue, July 6
Wed, July 14| 1:00pm-5:00pm - Register by Mon, July 12
The Federation of State Medical Boards designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 
SSVMS Campaigns and Programs
COVID-19 Vaccine Buttons and FAQ Cards
SSVMS's "Got My Vaccine!" buttons promote vaccination and our digital FAQ cards include facts about the COVID-19 vaccine. Our FAQ cards are available at in English, Spanish, Russian, Hmong, and Vietnamese. The buttons have a barcode on the back that gives immediate access to the FAQ cards. Button supply is limited and available only to SSVMS members.
SSVMS members, to order your free buttons, email Brandon Craig at
Future of Medicine Summer Program
SSVMS’s Future of Medicine summer program for local, rising high school juniors and seniors was a success! Students learned about careers from numerous healthcare professionals (nurses, public health officials, pharmacists, physicians and more) through presentations, interactive talks, and a live session by Dr. Hudnut on heart health! 
We look forward to hosting the program again in 2022. The Future of Medicine has programs for high school, college and medical students. Physicians interested in becoming a mentor or providing job shadowing opportunities, please contact Marlee Turner at 
Make A Plan with Honoring Wishes
When is the best time to document end of life care wishes? The short answer is: As soon as possible. Join our Make a Plan Campaign this summer!
SSVMS Honoring Wishes staff and volunteers will be on-site at hospitals and clinics to assists physicians with formalizing their advance care directives. 
Interested in having a Make a Plan event at your hospital, clinic or medical practice? Contact Brandon J. Craig at
Social Media Corner
Send Us Your Food Selfies!
July is National Cooking Month! What are you cooking this summer? Snap a picture with your favorite food to cook!
Send your photos to SSVMS at We'll feature them on our pages!
#JoyofCooking #JoyofMedicine
Rajiv Misquitta, MD and Cathy Misquitta, PHARMD, making homemade plant based sushi. 
In the News
Physician Peer Group Host Needed
Do you live in the South Sacramento or Elk Grove area? SSVMS is looking for a physician peer group host! Peer groups are a great way to connect with other physicians in your area. Contact Sam Mello at for more information. 
Just as you put on your PPE before administering medical care, you should care for yourself before you care for others. SSVMS encourages you to schedule a resiliency consultation with one of our Joy of Medicine psychologists or life coaches. Every physician in the Sacramento region is eligible for up to six sponsored sessions with a provider of your choice.
Dr. Amy Barnhorst, a psychiatrist at UC Davis, works on the frontlines of the mental health system. Join us as she speaks about her advocacy work on gun policy, her unconventional journey into medicine, and her decision to work in psychiatry.
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medicine
Partners in Medicine
Please consider SSVMS's Partners in Medicine when in need of services. We look forward to continuing our important relationships with each of these Partners.
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