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Wal-Mart donates to Central Valley health nonprofit

The San Joaquin Valley Health Consortium, a health nonprofit focused on improving health care in Central California, received a $50,000 donation from the Wal-Mart Foundation to further develop its Childhood Immunization Registry Partnership that works towards protecting children against vaccine-preventable diseases.

The registry partnership works with the California Immunization Registry to ensure that a child's immunizations are up to date, to identify high-risk and under-immunized populations and to control vaccine-preventable diseases.

The donation will try to increase the number of children whose immunization histories are tracked in the state's computerized registry network. In addition, some funds may be used for recruiting providers to the immunization registry in the Central Valley.

-- Carol Reiter