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Education programs

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.
  • Asthma action plans (English and Spanish).
  • When you need to see your doctor.

Get more information on how you can Take Control of Your Asthma (English and Spanish)!

Diabetes management

By taking advantage of this program, you can learn about diabetes and how to keep it under control so 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.

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 restaurants.

Get more information on how to incorporate Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyle Classes (English and Spanish) into your daily routine!

Smoking cessation

It's 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.

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. 

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 provider's 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.

Postpartum care

Best wishes for your new baby!

Here's some helpful information to keep in mind.

  • Health insurance: We will cover your baby's healthcare 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 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 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 to 4 days of age.
    • Six visits between 1 to 12 months of age.
    • Once at 15, 18 and 24 months of age.
    • Once a year after their second 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 baby's 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, let's 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 haven't 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.

Health education brochures

Kern Family Health Care developed brochures addressing some important health issues facing our local community. To learn more about the health issues below, click on the topic to download the brochure.

Growing Up Healthy

Control Asthma

Control COPD

Control High Blood Pressure

Control High Cholesterol

Diabetes Control

Eat Healthy

Exercise

Take Care of Yourself and Your Baby

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Urgent Care