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Santa Cruz pilot project equips foster youth with education champions

October 15, 2014

Santa Cruz pilot project equips foster youth with education champions

By Lynn Graebner

An Oakland-based nonprofit group is building a national model to help foster youth overcome one of their biggest challenges: staying in school.

Moving among multiple homes, often dealing with the trauma of neglect or abuse on top of being separated from parents and siblings, fewer than 50 percent of foster children graduate from high school.

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California Health Report TV – Episode 3

October 13, 2014

For this episode we gathered inspirational personal stories with broader community implications from around the state.

First we go to Concord, where Alex Chavez had gained so much weight that he felt helpless to do anything to improve his health. Then he learned about Cooking Matters– a cooking class that makes a healthy lifestyle affordable.

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Expanded Covered California Dental Coverage Could Pose Access Problems

October 2, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Beginning Jan. 1, all individual Covered California health plans will include dental coverage for children in the family 18 and younger, a move that state officials hope will result in tens of thousands of kids getting oral health care.

While children’s advocates applaud expanding the coverage, they caution that there already aren’t enough pediatric dentists in the state.

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In Counties Where Teen Pregnancy is High, a Sex Ed Program Offers Promise

September 28, 2014

In Counties Where Teen Pregnancy is High, a Sex Ed Program Offers Promise

By Lisa Renner

The teen boys in the San Joaquin County Juvenile Detention Center had a lot of questions for the two sex education instructors who paid them a visit.

Among them: Where are free local clinics that provide testing for sexually transmitted diseases? Is there a cure for AIDS? Can you use ear wax to find out if your partner has an STD?

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Homeless veterans clinic reduces ER visits by treating the whole person

August 25, 2014

By Robin Urevich and Pedro Avila

Dr. Rishi Manchanda believes the key to better health for homeless veterans is improving their lives. He’s developed a clinic at the VA hospital in Los Angeles where vets can find housing, mental health care and help with benefits and legal issues.

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Despite Errors, State Continues Enrolling Adults With Disabilities and the Elderly in New Health Program

August 22, 2014

Despite Errors, State Continues Enrolling Adults With Disabilities and the Elderly in New Health Program

By Angela Woodall

Ben Rockwell is a 68-year-old retired nurse with Parkinson’s disease and a long list of other health problems. He has to juggle two government health plans to make sure he gets the care he needs, but over the past two decades, he’s gotten good at it.

That’s why when he became eligible to join a new state health program, called Cal MediConnect, he decided he would pass.

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Hurdles Remain to Signing Up More Latinos for Health Coverage

August 20, 2014

Hurdles Remain to Signing Up More Latinos for Health Coverage

By Fran Kritz

As a college-prep consultant, Marina Grijalva heard about the Affordable Care Act and how it would enable her to sign up for health insurance. But the enrollment campaigns — which the state poured tens of millions of dollars into — didn’t reach her sister or many other Latinos.

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Lake County Tribal Health Consortium tackles worst health outcomes in the state

August 18, 2014

By Ariana Reguzzoni

In a 2013 study conducted by the University of Wisconsin, Lake County in California was ranked the lowest in the state for “health outcomes.” This means that length of life and quality of life are lowest, at least according to a person’s physical health. The Lake County Tribal Health Consortium, a federally funded and tribally sanctioned organization that serves six Native American tribes and the community as a whole, wants to change this ranking.

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East Oakland childcare program cares for children and parents

August 11, 2014

By Mary Flynn

Experts say that the first five years of a child’s life will greatly impact their educational, social and economic futures.
However, California’s children of color – particularly African American and Latino children – suffer significant gaps when it comes to those early opportunities such as access to preschool.

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Despite Regulations, Low-Income Californians With Learning Disabilities Often Fall Through the Cracks

August 6, 2014

Despite Regulations, Low-Income Californians With Learning Disabilities Often Fall Through the Cracks

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett

Shortly after she began participating in California’s Welfare-to-Work program, Michele Marino began to think she was going crazy.

The single mother had just enrolled in a government cash-assistance program to help support herself and her two young sons, while she searched for a job and took classes at a community college.

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