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Health Education Programs

From group workshops, to one-on-one support, to educational materials, Kern Family Health Care (KFHC) makes it easy for you to get the help and support you need.

Asthma Management

By taking advantage of this program, you can learn about how to manage your asthma and live a normal, healthy life. You can learn more about:

  • Medications to help manage your asthma

  • Triggers that can make your asthma worse

Follow the link for more information on how you can learn to Take Control of Your Asthma!


If you are ready to learn about how to manage your asthma, please call us at 661-632-1590 (Bakersfield) or 1-800-391-2000 (outside of Bakersfield). We are here to help.

Diabetes Management

By taking advantage of this program, you can learn about diabetes and how to keep it under control so that you have the energy to do the things you love.
You can learn more about:

  • Your blood sugar level and how to keep it in a healthy range

  • Healthy shopping, cooking and eating habits that are best for you

  • Simple ways to put more physical activity into your daily life

  • Caring for your feet

  • When you need to see your doctor

If you are ready to take control of your diabetes, please call us at 661-632-1590 (Bakersfield) or 1-800-391-2000 (outside of Bakersfield). We are here to help.

Nutrition & Weight Management

By taking advantage of this program, you can learn about how to eat healthy and manage your weight. You can also learn more about:

  • Shopping, cooking and eating healthy

  • Being more active without joining a gym

  • Reading food labels

  • Making healthier choices at restaurant

Follow this link for more information on how to incorporate Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyle into your daily routine!

If you are ready to eat towards a healthier life, please call us 661-632-1590 (Bakersfield) or 1-800-391-2000 (outside of Bakersfield). We are here to help.

Smoking Cessation

Itís tough to quit smoking by yourself. By taking advantage of this program, we can give you the tools you need to help you quit. You can learn more about:

  • How to deal with smoking triggers

  • Benefits of living a smoke free life

  • Medications and other anti-smoking aids

If you are ready to quit, please call us at 661-632-1590 (Bakersfield) or 1-800-391-2000 (outside of Bakersfield). We are here to help.

Prenatal Care

Are you having a baby?

This is great news! Now that you are pregnant you will need to see your provider for regular pregnancy care, also called prenatal care. Prenatal care can help make sure that your baby is born healthy. You will see your provider about 15 times during most pregnancies. Take care of your baby. Go to all of your prenatal visits. We can help you make appointments and get to them. Call us at 661-632-1590 (Bakersfield) or 1-800-391-2000 (outside of Bakersfield) if you have any questions or need help.

Talk to your provider about where you will have your baby. If you live in Bakersfield, you can deliver at Kern Medical, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, Mercy Southwest Hospital, or San Joaquin Community Hospital . If you do not live in Bakersfield, you can deliver at Delano Regional Medical Center.

We can help you understand your providerís instructions and get you any help you may need. We will also send you a prenatal education packet, which includes helpful information on:

  • Nutrition

  • Having a Healthy Pregnancy

  • WIC Program

  • Breastfeeding

Donít forget, if you need any help, call us at 661-632-1590 (Bakersfield) or 1-800-391-2000 (outside of Bakersfield). 

Postpartum Care

Best wishes for your new baby!

Hereís some helpful information to keep in mind. 

  • Health Insurance: We will cover your babyís health care from the month he or she is born to the end of the next month. You must apply for Medi-Cal through the Kern County Department of Human Services to continue coverage after that. Call your caseworker at 1-877-410-8812 for more details.

  • A Primary Care Provider (PCP): If you have not picked a doctor for your baby, call our Member Services Department at 661-632-1590 (Bakersfield) or 1-800-391-2000 (outside of Bakersfield). We can help you pick a PCP.
    Newborn Preventive Care Visits: These are the first exams your baby will have after leaving the hospital. Your baby should have a physical exam:

    *Once as a newborn
    *Once within 2-4 days of age
    *Six visits between 1-12 months of age
    *Once at 15, 18 and 24 months of age
    *Once a year after their 2nd birthday

  • Immunizations: These are also called shots.  Immunizations protect your baby from diseases. A schedule of the immunizations your baby needs will be in your newborn welcome packet.  Make sure to ask your babyís PCP about whether your baby is due for any shots.

  • Good Nutrition: Breastfeeding is almost always the best way to feed your baby. Breast milk can help protect your baby from getting sick. Formula does not offer the same protection.

Now, letís talk about you. You will need to see your doctor 4 to 6 weeks after your baby is born. This is called a postpartum exam. Call your provider to make this appointment today, if you havenít already. At this visit, your provider will do an exam and will talk to you about family planning and your birth control options.  We will also send you a postpartum education packet with helpful information on caring for your baby, preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), nutrition, immunizations, birth control options, and the WIC Program.