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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.