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Probation Officer’s Love of Soccer Saves at Risk Kids


Probation officer Gina Castañeda in action, coaching the young men of the Aztecs in Watsonville, Calif. Photo: Lily Dayton/CHR


By Lily Dayton

Coach Gina Castañeda stands in a player box at the edge of the indoor soccer arena, yelling above the cheers of the crowd to the teenage boys in purple jerseys darting across the playing field.

Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Activists Use Super Bowl 50 to Galvanize Prevention Efforts

By Lily Dayton Writer, performing artist and human rights activist Brooke Axtel stands on a stage constructed on the 50-yard line of Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, speaking to 1,500 rapt audience members—some whose eyes tear up as she recounts her experience as a survivor of sex trafficking at age 7.

Come Together: Bay Area Organizations Help Survivors of Human Trafficking

By Linda Childers As the volunteer director for the Bay Area Youth Dance Team, Vanessa Scott was shocked when one of her 15-year-old students became ensnared in the web of human trafficking and was forced into prostitution. Like many Bay Area residents, Scott was unaware that the San Francisco area ranks as one of the nation’s main hubs for human trafficking, a crime that includes sex trafficking, child labor, forced labor and domestic servitude.
His Aim is True

His Aim is True

By Leah Bartos
An ER Doc Tackles America’s Gun Problem
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Latino Elders and Mental Health: Talk to Me… in Spanish

Latino Elders and Mental Health: Talk to Me… in Spanish By Matt Perry A swelling Latino population in California has meant rising numbers of Latino elders and, with them, a growing movement to support their mental health needs. Yet the movement faces a huge obstacle: Latinos don’t typically seek out help for behavioral health concerns.

Health Care Hurdles for the Disabled

Health Care Hurdles for the Disabled By Jessica Portner From Urban to Rural California, the Disabled Face Limited Access to Care Yvette Baptiste’s son Andrew was born with Klippel-Feil syndrome, a bone disorder where the neck vertebrae are fused, causing pain and limiting movement. But even though Baptiste, as the Executive Director of Eastern Los Angeles Family Resource Center, was a seasoned health advocate, it still took more than a year to find a new doctor to treat her adult son.

No Small Victory for Disabled

No Small Victory for Disabled By Jessica Portner Creating a welcoming medical home for adults and children with developmental disabilities is what compelled Alicia Bazzano and her husband -- both pediatricians, and parents to a special needs child -- to co-found the clinic two years ago. It is believed to be the only one of its kind in the state. Bazzano, who also has a Ph.D. in public health, says people with developmental disabilities (which includes autism, mental retardation, epilepsy, and cerebral palsy) are at a disadvantage on many fronts.

Palliative Care Law Rolling Out Slowly, As Those in Need Wait

Palliative Care Law Rolling Out Slowly, As Those in Need Wait By Hannah Guzik Palliative care, which is medical care that aims to improve the quality of life for people with chronic or serious illnesses, is not widely available in California. A new law, SB 1004, passed by the Legislature last August, directs the state to create a palliative care program for people enrolled in Medi-Cal, California’s low-income health plan. Nearly a third of Californians — about 12.3 million people — are enrolled in Medi-Cal.

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California Focus: Daniel Weintraub

To fight obesity, we need healthier communities

By Daniel Weintraub


At first glance the conclusions from a recent study on obesity by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research seem obvious: people who are overweight or obese tend to have a less healthy diet and exercise less often than people whose weight is normal.


But behind those findings is another, more compelling story:


Minorities are more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic whites.

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.

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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