Pasadena Public Health Department Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month, Encourages Community Members to Seek Help if Needed

PASADENA, Calif.—Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month in May to bring attention to the importance of mental health and promote resources for well-being. Mental illness is a widespread issue that affects people of all ages, backgrounds and socioeconomic status. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five U.S. adults and one in six children between the ages of six and 17 experience mental illness each year. Additionally, the stigma surrounding mental illness causes many to... continue reading »"Pasadena Public Health Department Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month, Encourages Community Members to Seek Help if Needed"

Public Invited to 'Spring Into Wellness' Community Health Festival

PASADENA, Calif.—The public is invited to Spring Into Wellness, a free community health festival on Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., at Robinson Park Recreation Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. This event is sponsored by Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) and community partners, and features free food, family-fun activities, health screenings, educational workshops, a COVID-19 vaccine clinic, and information on programs and services for well-being. “This is a wonderful opportunity to bring our community together again,” said Manuel Carmona, acting... continue reading »"Public Invited to 'Spring Into Wellness' Community Health Festival"

Pasadena Health Officer Orders Require COVID-19 Booster Vaccine and Masking for Healthcare Workers

PASADENA, Calif.—Interim Health Officer Dr. Eric G. Handler issued updated health officer orders related to COVID-19 vaccination requirements for healthcare workers and masking requirements in healthcare facilities. The updated orders take effect on Monday, April 3 at 12:01 a.m. Vaccination: All healthcare workers must be up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations by completing a COVID-19 primary series and receiving the most recent booster dose within 15 days of becoming eligible as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Masking: Health care facility personnel... continue reading »"Pasadena Health Officer Orders Require COVID-19 Booster Vaccine and Masking for Healthcare Workers"

Pasadena Outreach Response Team Receives $900,000 Federal Grant

PASADENA, Calif.—The Pasadena Outreach Response Team (PORT) is receiving $900,000 through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, via Congressional Directive Spending allocated by Congressmember Judy Chu (CA-28). PORT is a collaboration between the Pasadena Public Health and Fire Departments, as well as Union Station Homeless Services and Huntington Health, that provides links to housing opportunities for those experiencing chronic homelessness, severe mental illness, substance use disorders, physical disabilities, and complex chronic health conditions.... continue reading »"Pasadena Outreach Response Team Receives $900,000 Federal Grant"

Pasadena Health Officer Rescinds Certain Local Orders, Aligns Pasadena With State's New COVID-19 Guidelines

PASADENA, Calif.—On Monday, March 13, Interim Health Officer Dr. Eric G. Handler rescinded certain local orders related to COVID-19 isolation, quarantine, and masking in public settings. Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) will continue enhanced protective measures in healthcare settings. The rescission aligns the City of Pasadena with the following new guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH): Masking With current COVID-19 case and hospitalization levels, masking for the general public is based on individual preference. Vulnerable populations, including people who... continue reading »"Pasadena Health Officer Rescinds Certain Local Orders, Aligns Pasadena With State's New COVID-19 Guidelines"

Pasadena City Council Votes to End COVID-19 Local Public Health Emergency

PASADENA, Calif.—At the March 6 council meeting, Pasadena City Council voted to adopt a resolution to terminate the local public health emergency. This action was recommended by Acting Director of Public Health Manuel Carmona and Interim Health Officer Dr. Eric G. Handler. With City Council’s adoption of the resolution, the COVID-19 local public health emergency in Pasadena ends effective immediately. The local public health emergency enabled the City to mobilize staff to respond to the pandemic and access state and... continue reading »"Pasadena City Council Votes to End COVID-19 Local Public Health Emergency"

Pasadena Ends Local COVID-19 Health Emergency

PASADENA, Calif.—Interim Health Officer Dr. Eric G. Handler has announced that Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) will terminate the local public health emergency for COVID-19, effective 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 5. The end of the public health emergency comes as community spread of COVID-19 has decreased locally and statewide. Acting Director of Public Health Manuel Carmona will recommend the City Council ratify a resolution terminating both the local public health emergency and local emergency at the City Council Meeting... continue reading »"Pasadena Ends Local COVID-19 Health Emergency"

Free Seasonal Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines

The Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) is offering seasonal flu vaccines and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines (including boosters) at no cost to anyone ages 6 months and older. La Pintoresca Library (1355 N. Raymond Ave.) – Monday, Oct. 3 from 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Hill Avenue Library (55 S. Hill Ave.) – Thursday, Oct. 6 from 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Linda Vista Library (1281 Bryant St.) – Monday, Oct. 10 from 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Madison Elementary (515... continue reading »"Free Seasonal Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines"

Pasadena Public Health Confirms First Cases of Mpox in Residents

Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) has received reports of the first cases of monkeypox infection in four (4) Pasadena residents. All cases being reported have been confirmed by PPHD to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) definition for either a probable or confirmed case. Monkeypox generally spreads through prolonged skin-to-skin contact. Contact includes prolonged intimate interactions, and sharing of infected bedding or clothing. If you have sex or intimate physical contact with many people, risk of contracting monkeypox is higher.... continue reading »"Pasadena Public Health Confirms First Cases of Mpox in Residents"

Pasadena Public Health Department Awarded Grant to Implement Violence Prevention and Intervention Program

PASADENA, Calif.—Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) has been awarded $2,510,394 in grant funding through the California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP) program funded by the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC). The purpose of CalVIP is to improve public health and safety by supporting effective violence reduction initiatives in communities disproportionately impacted by violence, particularly group member-involved homicides, shootings and aggravated assaults. The CalVIP grant period is three years, from July 2022 to June 2025. “The public health... continue reading »"Pasadena Public Health Department Awarded Grant to Implement Violence Prevention and Intervention Program"