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Nurse-managed centers bring health care to the people

Aug 15, 2016
Nurse-managed centers bring health care to the people

By Matt Perry

Tamara McKinnon knows that visiting a doctor’s office is a poor facsimile of real life.

“There are some things you just can’t see there,” says McKinnon, affirming the crazed detachment from reality provided by a 15-minute drive-by interaction.

McKinnon is part of a unique San Jose State University program that injects student nurses...

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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,...

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Fresh Produce Prescription Programs Impact Diet-Related Disease

Aug 10, 2016
Fresh Produce Prescription Programs Impact Diet-Related Disease

By Lynn Graebner

As health care providers struggle to reduce the tsunami of diet-related disease washing over communities, a national movement is pairing hospitals and community clinics with local farmers markets through fresh produce prescription programs.

Participants in the programs are patients with health issues such as heart problems or diabetes who receive vouchers for...

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Campus food programs aimed at student hunger

Campus food programs aimed at student hunger

By Fran Kritz

California Colleges Adding Pantries and More to Make Sure Tens of Thousands of Students Don’t Go Hungry
Dozens of freshmen headed to Humboldt State University this fall will have access to something most many of their classmates take for granted: a credit card they can swipe in exchange for food.

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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...

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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.

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Making care more affordable, but not less expensive

Aug 1, 2016

By Daniel Weintraub

The big rate increases announced last week for health insurance policies sold by California’s version of the federal health reform are the latest evidence that the Affordable Care Act, despite its name, cannot do much to tame the rise of health care costs.

The government-run health insurance market is facing all the same...

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Former Victims Try to Reduce Child Abuse in the Central Valley

Aug 1, 2016
Former Victims Try to Reduce Child Abuse in the Central Valley

Children in Fresno and Tulare counties, which make up a large portion of the valley, are more likely to experience abuse than most of those that live elsewhere in the state.

The post Former Victims Try to Reduce Child Abuse in the Central Valley appeared first on California Health Report.


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“One City, One Strategy” – San Francisco Tackles Aging Together

Aug 1, 2016
“One City, One Strategy” – San Francisco Tackles Aging Together

Alicia Neumann, UCSF program director

By Matt Perry

A California journalist with a medical death sentence – terminal cancer — recently heralded new improvements in immunotherapy for keeping her alive beyond the one-year life span her doctors had given her. Medical advances, it appears, are often the fastest in cases of acute care.

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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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