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His Aim is True

His Aim is True

By Leah Bartos
An ER Doc Tackles America’s Gun Problem
The Vaccination Tipping Point

The Vaccination Tipping Point

By Kellie Schmitt Doctors told Stockton mom Meghan Brenner that the benefits of vaccination far outweighed the risks of side effects. Still, she couldn’t shake the nagging fear that her child, now 2, could be sickened by the shots. The former teacher, now a stay-at-home mom, knew a study linking vaccines with autism had been debunked. And, in theory, she liked the idea of herd immunity and the protection it confers on everyone.
LA Clinics No Longer a Last Resort

LA Clinics No Longer a Last Resort

First in a series of stories about how health care reform is affecting newly insured Medi-Cal patients.

By Robin Urevich

Before health reform, Los Angeles County clinics served people who had no other options—sick patients with no health insurance.

But as 2014 approached, county officials realized that many of their clients would become insured and choose other health care.

Barriers to Care Persist Despite Expansion of Medi-Cal

Barriers to Care Persist Despite Expansion of Medi-Cal

Second in a series of stories about how health care reform is affecting newly insured Medi-Cal patients.

By Robin Urevich

The Affordable Care Act, with its promise of health care for most Americans, represents a welcome step forward for physicians who have cared for the uninsured.

Michael Core, a primary care doctor at The USC Eisner Clinic, treats some of the city’s poorest people in a spare no-frills office just south of downtown Los Angeles.

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VA Under Fire for Gaps in Health Care for Women

VA Under Fire for Gaps in Health Care for Women

Samina Iqbal, Director of the Palo Alto VA’s Women’s Health Center (left) plans patient care with registered nurse practitioner Ann Thrailkill (Center) and Women Veterans Program Manager Linda Kleinsasser (right). Photo: Lynn Graebner/CHR

By Lynn Graebner

Despite strides by the Veterans Health Administration to accommodate 400,000 women, the fastest growing population using VA hospitals and clinics, legislators and patient advocates say there are still big gaps in care.

Salinas Valley Project Helps Residents Access Clean Drinking Water

Salinas Valley Project Helps Residents Access Clean Drinking Water


By Lynn Graebner

Thousands of residents in rural disadvantaged communities in the Salinas Valley may soon have help avoiding drinking water from domestic wells and small water systems contaminated with dangerous levels of nitrate.

A grass roots pilot project by the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW) is helping rural low-income residents organize their communities so they can apply for grants for drilling new wells or for infrastructure to connect to municipal systems.

Aging with Dignity: live alone or in a community?

Aging with Dignity: live alone or in a  community?

By Matt Perry

An overwhelming percentage of older adults insist on remaining in their homes as they age.

Called “aging in place,” it’s considered the Holy Grail for families and governments alike. Older adults want the comfort and autonomy of home. Governments hope to keep seniors at home as long as possible, mortified of the financial burden low-income seniors become when they move into nursing homes.

Police and Moms of Cypress Park Walk the Beat To Safety

Police and Moms of Cypress Park Walk the Beat To Safety By Jessica Portner About 25 moms greet Captain Jeff Bert of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Division, maybe grab a bite, and then start walking. About a dozen of these ladies—deputized as “mamma captains”—are Captain Bert’s entrée to neighboring businesses and homes where residents are eager to talk about the gangs and violent crime that are crushing their sense of peace.

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California Focus: Daniel Weintraub

Pressure builds to boost reimbursements to dentists in Medi-Cal

By Daniel Weintraub

 

Jim Wood tells a story about teeth that makes him smile.

Wood — a dentist and a state assemblyman from Sonoma County — remembers the time a patient of his who was an elementary school teacher told him about a student suffering from serious dental problems. The little girl’s family was poor and they lived in a rural area.

Why reducing poverty — and stress — might be the key to better health

By Daniel Weintraub

Look at the health data for just about any collection of neighborhoods in California and one thing will soon become clear: Poor people are sicker and, on average, die younger than people with higher incomes.

The medical profession, social workers and health researchers have known this for a long time.

Diabetics account for nearly 1/3 of hospital stays

We've long known that diabetes and its related illnesses cause havoc in people's lives and drive up health care costs, but a new study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has quantified the damage done with a sobering new statistic: nearly one-third of hospital stays by Californians age 35 and older involve a person who has been diagnosed with diabetes.

The ACA and women’s health

The ACA and women’s health

The Affordable Care Act has several provisions aimed at improving women’s health. In this infographic, the Journal of the American Medical Association lays out some of the issues women face and how the ACA might help. Click on the thumbnail to see the full graphic.

How wealth drives health — and what we can do about it

By Daniel Weintraub

California is a land of health extremes, and to see what that means, you need only travel a few miles from the state Capitol.

Placer and Yuba counties border each other about a half hour’s drive north of downtown Sacramento. Both places are largely rural. But the similarities end there.

California Voices

What is it about giving thanks that makes us healthy?

By Eric Nelson
In remarks made to a conference convened this summer by Cal Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC), renowned gratitude expert Dr. Robert Emmons explained why giving thanks is so appealing to so many. “Gratitude has the power to heal, to energize and to change lives,” he said. More specifically, gratitude increases our emotional well-being, improves our capacity to get along with others, decreases depression and increases our resilience after suffering emotional or physical harm.

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