The Village Doctor Newsletter – Week of June 13, 2021

Greetings, Friends of TVD!

I hope this message finds you enjoying our updated newsletter, with its new look, non-COVID content, and guest authorship. Regarding the latter, we have been reaching out to our trusted colleagues to ask them to share their thoughts with you in this space. I hope you find their contributions both interesting and valuable. Let me add that all of this content gets added weekly to our “Blog”, as well as pushed out to our social media channels. I encourage you to visit our webpage (and make use of the “search” functionality!), as well as our Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram pages. Spread the word. 😇

And in other good news, this is a special week in California. Because of our progress in managing the pandemic, on Tuesday, the state lifted most COVID-19-related community restrictions for people who are vaccinated. Stanford writes further, At Stanford Health Care, we share your relief and excitement at this giant step toward normalcy, and look forward to further reopening in months to come. However, at this time, masks, distancing, and screening for COVID-19 will continue to be required at all of our health care facilities, even for people who have been fully vaccinated. The Village Doctor will also, for now, be continuing to follow our State and County guidelines, and as such you will continue to be asked to wear a mask in our offices. I also remind you that as a “family oriented” practice, we have plenty of unimmunized children coming through our doors, so these guidelines are designed to protect them as well. Thank you for your understanding.

And speaking of family, I have two other comments to share. First, I would like to honor all the LGBTQ+ members in our healthcare community, and beyond. Every June  in the United States, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community comes together for a monthlong celebration of love, diversity, acceptance and unashamed self-pride. This past year, again especially for our dedicated front line workers, this is an especially important year to recognize. You can read, and watch, more about Pride Month 2021 here.

Second, on Thursday President Biden signed into law a bill designating Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States and marks the day in 1865 that enslaved people in Texas were told they had been freed by the Emancipation Proclamation – enacted two years earlier.


As we strive for greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in our profession and our world, I encourage you to take a few moments to learn about and recognize Juneteenth. As a nation, this is an opportunity for all of us to remember our history and honor the culture and contributions of Black Americans. Resources for Juneteenth are listed below:



Juneteenth Library Guide

Juneteenth History

Juneteenth (Washington Post)

(Thank you to my friends and colleagues at Stanford Emergency Medicine for the above information.)

In health, love, and pride,

Eric Weiss, MD, June 15, 2021


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Summer brings tick season and the threat of Lyme disease. Ticks are found particularly in humid climates in woods, weeds, tall grass and shrubs. They can also be carried into the house by dogs. 


  • One of the most important routines parents can establish are end-of-day “tick checks” at bath time or as part of a bedtime routine. If one night you do identify a tick, and are confident it could not have been attached longer than the 24 hour period since your last tick check, you can remove it and rest easy that the risk for Lyme infection is lowRead more


Let’s lift Up Our Village–together. A fundraising initiative is underway to refresh Woodside’s Community Hub. Our very own Dr. Eric Weiss was integral in helping The Community Hub get underway a few years ago. Dr. Jackie Phillips and the TVD Wellness Studio providers have contributed their time and energy to nurturing its development. A donation to the Lift Up Our Village campaign will go toward upgrading the main gathering hall, kitchen, making the bathrooms larger, and more. Their beautiful outdoor space has been wonderful and they hope that together we can prepare the indoor spaces for more good times as the pandemic lifts. They are a not-for-profit organization supported by the fiscal sponsorship & partnership of the Village Church. Click here to learn more about this initiative!


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Yours, in health and resilience,

Eric and the TVD MD team…