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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/Spanish)!

Asthma Online Resources:

CDPH Asthma Management Academy (English) (Spanish)
American Lung Association (English) (Spanish)
Centers for Disease Control (English) (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.

Online Resources

American Diabetes Association (English)
Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (English) (Spanish)
Centers for Disease Control (English) (Spanish)

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!

Online Resources for Nutrition

United States Department of Agriculture Nutrition.gov (English) (Spanish)
Food and Drug Administration (English) (Spanish)
CalFresh Healthy Living Recipes (English) (Spanish)
CalFresh Rethink Your Drink (English) (Spanish)
American Heart Association (English) (Spanish)

Online Resources for High Blood Pressure

American Heart Association (English) (Spanish)
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (English) (Spanish)

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.

Online Resources

California Smokers Helpline (English) (Spanish)
SmokeFree.gov (English) (Spanish)
Centers for Disease Control (English) (Spanish)

Prenatal care

Are you having a baby?

This is great news! Now that you are pregnant, you will need to see your doctor for regular pregnancy care, also called prenatal care. Prenatal care can help make sure that your baby is born healthy. You will see your doctor 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 doctor about where you will have your baby. You can deliver at Kern Medical Hospital, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, Mercy Southwest Hospital, Adventist Health Bakersfield, Delano Regional Medical Center or Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.

We can help you understand your doctor’s instructions and get you any help you may need. Below are some resources with helpful information on:

  • A healthy pregnancy and delivery.
  • Breastfeeding.
  • Nutrition.
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

Online Resources

KFHC Resources

KFHC Prenatal Reward Form (English/Spanish)

COVID-19 Prenatal Resources

My Pregnancy During COVID-19

Pregnancy Care During COVID-19

 

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 3 to 5 days of age.
    • Six visits between 1 to 12 months of age.
    • Once at 15, 18, 24 and 30 months of age.
    • Once a year after their third birthday.
  • Immunizations: These are also called shots. Immunizations protect your baby from diseases. A schedule of the immunizations your baby needs is below. 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 1 to 12 weeks after your baby is born. This is called a postpartum exam. Call your doctor to make this appointment today, if you haven't already. At this visit, your doctor will do an exam and will talk to you about family planning and your birth control options. Below are some resources with helpful information on caring for your baby, preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), nutrition, immunizations, birth control options and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program.

Online Resources

COVID-19 Prenatal Resources

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

Not Sure It's an Emergency?

Urgent Care