By Linda Childers
When a child comes into the emergency room at Children’s Hospital in Oakland suffering from a serious medical condition, the staff at Northern California’s most active pediatric trauma center is ready to jump into action. But in a rural hospital the family of a critical child faces a much different scenario: there are likely no pediatric specialists in the ER and they are hundreds of miles from the nearest trauma center.
By Marty Graham
The 14-acre certified organic farm at the south edge of the San Pasqual Academy is surrounded by commercial farms, orange and grape trees on three sides.
It’s a rich metaphor for the academy itself, an organic local effort that’s meant to anchor its community to healthy food, one that’s grown jobs and centered the way the students live.
By Rachel Goodman
If the playground is the great training ground for life, children like Tatum Bakker are missing crucial lessons. Tatum, now 2 ½, was born with Spina Bifida, a spinal cord malformation that causes partial paralysis. She can’t get around without the help of her parents or a wheelchair.
By Melissa Anderson
On a Tuesday evening in East Salinas, a rhythmic sound can be heard in the city’s recreation center known as the Bread Box.
Students from the Alisal Center for the Fine Arts percussion program are lined up in rows to practice their drumline skills.
Natalie Plancarte a tall girl with curly hair, worked on setting up a full drum kit at the beginning of the class.
By Robert Fulton
Rosie Nava-Bermudez decided that the Imperial Valley didn’t have enough resources for children and their families. So she created one herself – a place where kids can play while their parents build community.
By Heather Tirado Gilligan and Callie Shanafelt
California requires that private insurance companies pay for an expensive autism therapy called Applied Behavior Analysis. But the state has declined to pay for the treatment as an automatic benefit for low-income children who receive public insurance, creating two classes of care for autistic children in the state.
Head Start, devised by Dr. Jonathan Finlay of Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, treats brain tumors in young patients using no or limited amounts of radiation.
The Center for Disease Control study was the first comprehensive report to assemble data on specific mental health illnesses among children ages 3 to 17 in the United States.
By Lily Dayton
Even though the HPV vaccine is one of the only vaccines that prevents cancer, fewer than 50 percent of adolescent girls in California were fully vaccinated against HPV in 2011.
When the state decided to transition low-income kids from state-subsidized private insurance — known as Healthy Families –to the state-run Medi-Cal program, families of children with autism were promised that their kids’ treatment would not suffer. But those families soon learned that one especially promising (but expensive) form of treatment was not going to be covered by Medi-Cal.