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California’s Foster Children Are Improperly Prescribed Psychotropic Meds, State Auditor Finds

Aug 24, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

California foster children are frequently prescribed psychotropic medications, but oftentimes dosages exceed state guidelines and the children don’t receive follow-up services.

And, too often, no one notices.

That’s the grim news from State Auditor Elaine Howle in a report released Tuesday.

“This issue is of particular importance to California, which has the...

Confronting Child Sex Trafficking on the Central Coast

Aug 22, 2016
Confronting Child Sex Trafficking on the Central Coast

A source from the FBI’s Los Angeles Division alerted the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office that the Central Coast had become a hub for commercial sexual exploitation of minors — a crime that had gone relatively undetected by local authorities. Photo: Ken Pfeiffer Photography

By Leah Bartos

Five years ago, when Lisa Conn became...

Most Survivors Want More Rehab, Less Punishment for Victimizers

Aug 22, 2016
Most Survivors Want More Rehab, Less Punishment for Victimizers

Victims of violent crime are more likely to be low-income, under 30 and Latino or African American, according to a survey by Californians for Safety and Justice. Aswad Thomas, pictured above, was shot in the back twice in 2009. Photo courtesy of Aswad Thomas.

By Lily Dayton

Aswad Thomas made a quick stop at a...

California’s Most Fragile Children Will Get to Keep Doctors Under New Bill

Aug 17, 2016
California’s Most Fragile Children Will Get to Keep Doctors Under New Bill

By Hannah Guzik

California advocates and legislators are now fighting to make sure that 30,000 medically fragile children can keep the health services that have, in many cases, helped them survive.

The post California’s Most Fragile Children Will Get to Keep Doctors Under New Bill appeared first on California Health Report.


First Aid Training Helps Schools Spot Students with Mental Health Needs

Aug 16, 2016
First Aid Training Helps Schools Spot Students with Mental Health Needs

Photo: Thinkstock.

By Robin Urevich

Three-quarters of people with mental illnesses like major depression, anxiety or psychotic disorders experience their first symptoms before age 24. Half of them become mentally ill by age 14.

But these diseases often go undiagnosed and untreated until later in life, sometimes after they have wreaked havoc on school, work or...

3 Million Californians Will Be Uninsured in 2017, Report Estimates

Aug 15, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

Health reform has greatly expanded the number of Californians with insurance, but slightly more than 3 million residents will remain uninsured in 2017, according to a new report.

About 1.8 million people won’t qualify for state coverage because of their immigration status. They account for 59 percent of those who will remain...

Farmworkers Fight For Overtime Pay and Better Working Conditions

Aug 11, 2016
Farmworkers Fight For Overtime Pay and Better Working Conditions

By Hannah Guzik

The sun has just nosed above the horizon when Maria Espinosa (not her real name) ties a bandana over her face to protect herself from pesticides and dust, and reaches for a blackberry bush. Paid by the amount of berries she picks plus a $3-per-hour wage, Espinosa works feverishly for 10 hours,...

The Shift to Online Health Care May Leave Foreign-Born Latinos Behind, Study Says

Aug 8, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

Health information is increasingly disseminated online, but Latinos who emigrated to the U.S. may have trouble accessing it, resulting in a health care gap, a new study reports.

Researchers found that 53.4 percent of Latinos in California who use the Internet looked for health information online. About 15.6 percent of Latinos in...

Teen Birth Rate at Record Low in California

Aug 8, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

California’s teenage birthrate continues to decline and was at a record low in 2014, the state Department of Public Health announced today.

Still, racial disparities persist in the state, where African American and Hispanic adolescents are three to four times as likely to give birth as white teens.

The post Teen...

Disparities in Who Receives a Flu Shot in California

Aug 1, 2016

By Hannah Guzik 

Most California adults don’t get a flu shot every year, but members of certain racial or ethnic groups are less likely to be immunized, according to a new study.

In California, black adults were 33 percent less likely than white adults to have received a flu shot in the past year, researchers...

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