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Nurses Becoming a Rarity in California Public Schools

April 11, 2014

Nurses Becoming a Rarity in California Public Schools

By Natalie Jones

Each school day, about a fifth of the children in California schools attend class without a nurse in the building.If emergency medication needs to be administered — an epinephrine shot for allergies, for example, or other kinds of medication injections — there may or may not be someone qualified or trained to provide the treatment.

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Teachers Make House Calls for Seriously Ill Students

April 3, 2014

Teachers Make House Calls for Seriously Ill Students

By Pamela K. Johnson

At Kendall Hollinger’s school, the classroom and cafeteria are adjacent, and there are no students slamming locker doors and yelling “Wait up!” to a group of friends. That’s because the 17-year-old has been home-hospital schooled since kindergarten, owing to severe and potentially deadly allergies.

The trouble started when she was only two days old, after a toxic reaction to her mother’s milk caused her to stop breathing.

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Fatherhood Program Hopes to Make a Difference in Merced County

March 24, 2014

Fatherhood Program Hopes to Make a Difference in Merced County

By Lorena Anderson

Like many men, Cesar Vera got his ideas about being a father from watching his own dad, who worked 12 hours a day for little money, but managed to provide for a family that lived most of the year in migrant farm camps in the Central Valley. “I played with my kids more than my dad ever had time to play with us,” Vera said. “I thought I was father of the year.”

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Giant Billboards Put Sex Trafficking in Front of Oakland Commuters

March 21, 2014

Giant Billboards Put Sex Trafficking in Front of Oakland Commuters

By Genevieve Bookwalter

The billboards are impossible to miss along the freeways running through Oakland. “Being a prostituted teen isn’t a choice. It’s slavery,” reads one. They are the most visible part of the new Protect Oakland Kids campaign.

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Girl-led Initiative Taking Action on Teen Suicide, Bullying and Health

March 11, 2014

Girl-led Initiative Taking Action on Teen Suicide, Bullying and Health

By Lynn Graebner

Schools weren’t necessarily providing all of the information girls felt they needed. Roxanna Sanchez, a junior at Greenfield High School at the time, worked on the original report, and recalls a real need for more health information there. Budget cuts had eliminated health classes at local high schools and teen pregnancies were high in Greenfield.

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New Software Could Be a Game-Changer in Diabetes Management

February 13, 2014

New Software Could Be a Game-Changer in Diabetes Management

By Lorena Anderson

Though Geoff and Brei Tobin’s lives became more complicated when their daughter Tessa developed type 1 diabetes, new software now in development promises to lighten some of the load for them and millions of others.

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Program Aims to Reduce Disparities in Foster Care System

February 4, 2014

Program Aims to Reduce Disparities in Foster Care System

By Mary Flynn

Nationally, the foster care system is a long-term home to more children of color than White children. The disparities in California are particularly alarming, with more than half of African American foster children in care for more than two years. Forty-five percent of Native American foster children have also been in the system, which was built to be a short-term solution, for more than two years.

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Marathoner and Dietitian Gives Babies a Running Start

January 31, 2014

Marathoner and Dietitian Gives Babies a Running Start

By Pamela K. Johnson

A 2003 photo of Reyana Abrahams-Ewing competing in a marathon a few months into her third pregnancy offers a telling snapshot of her life: She’s a mother, veteran of 16 marathons and a professional nurturer of pre-term babies.

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College Program Steers Foster Children Towards Success

January 21, 2014

College Program Steers Foster Children Towards Success

By Lisa Renner

There is more help today than ever before for California foster youth who want to go to college. Promise Scholars is one of dozens of programs at state universities and colleges designed to aid foster youth. Full financial aid is available, including Chaffee grants, which are earmarked for foster youth and provide up to $5,000 a year.

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Unique school for homeless kids could face closure

January 16, 2014

Unique school for homeless kids could face closure

By Marty Graham

A unique and highly regarded school for homeless kids near downtown San Diego could face closure if it loses federal funding that is not supposed to go to schools that segregate homeless children from the general population.

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