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Coachella Valley: Structural Racism and the Desert Healthcare District

Sep 26, 2016
Coachella Valley:  Structural Racism and the Desert Healthcare District

By Matt Perry

When the posh Mizell Senior Center in tony Palm Springs trumpeted the success of a new fall prevention program in the surrounding Coachella Valley last week, it was a lily white victory.

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For Non-English Speaking Families, Getting Mental Health Help At School Proves Elusive

Sep 26, 2016
For Non-English Speaking Families, Getting Mental Health Help At School Proves Elusive

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett

Legally, school districts are supposed to provide students experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties with mental health assessments and individualized services to help them benefit from their education. But a report earlier this year by leading advocacy organizations found half of all students with these difficulties get no mental health help at all.

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Outreach to At-Risk Communities Crucial to Diabetes Prevention

Sep 25, 2016
Outreach to At-Risk Communities Crucial to Diabetes Prevention

By Linda Childers

At the senior center in Kerman, Calif., Rosendo Iniguez demonstrates how to cook a more healthful version of empanadas. Although such traditional Latino dishes are typically high in calories, fat and carbs, Iniguez is showing how diabetics can create healthier versions by making simple substitutions.

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USC Report: Latino dementia and costs rising rapidly

Sep 21, 2016

By Matt Perry

Every year another potential “breakthrough” in dementia treatment is trumpeted as potential salvation.

But there’s just one problem.

While these studies often show an improvement in plaque buildup on the brain – think of plaque buildup on your teeth – there’s no proof that plaque itself is the sole cause of Alzheimer’s disease, the...

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State Seeking Innovative Ideas on How to Improve Social Determinants of Health

Sep 21, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

California public health officials are asking residents to share their ideas on how to boost health statewide while both lowering costs and improving care.

The California Health and Human Services Agency and Department of Public Health announced last week that people can submit ideas online through Oct. 12 as part of the...

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Training Police to Better Respond to Autism

Sep 18, 2016
Training Police to Better Respond to Autism

By Chris Richard

Amid increased public scrutiny of law enforcement tactics, some Southern California agencies have started specialized training to help officers read the signs of autism and respond appropriately.

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GirlTrek Helps African-American Women Find Better Health

Sep 18, 2016
GirlTrek Helps African-American Women Find Better Health

A GirlTrek member laces up before a walk in Oakland. Photo courtesy GirlTrek.

By Linda Childers

When Kendria McKnight of Elk Grove, Calif., first started walking for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, five days a week, she hoped to lower her blood pressure. She did that and much more.

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Action Against Merger Tied to Affordability, Quality of Health Care

Sep 13, 2016
Action Against Merger Tied to Affordability, Quality of Health Care

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By Robin Urevich

The biggest merger in the history of the health insurance industry is on shaky ground. In June, the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit to block the $54 billion Anthem-Cigna merger, as well as a similar bid by Aetna to acquire Humana.

Nationally, the two mergers would shrink the nation’s...

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Gov. Brown Signs Bill Granting Farmworkers Overtime Pay

Sep 13, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that will grant California farmworkers overtime pay, making them the first such agricultural workers in the nation to receive standard overtime wages.

The new law will be phased in over four years and will eventually give farmworkers overtime pay after working an 8-hour shift or...

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911 Delays Are A Statewide Problem

Sep 12, 2016
911 Delays Are A Statewide Problem

By Padma Nagappan

When 911 was designated the universal emergency services number in the 1960s by the FCC, there were only landlines and one telephone company. Since then, more telephone companies have entered the fray – and in the past 20 years the vast majority of calls are placed using cell phones.

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