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Study: Millions of Californians have Higher Risk of Disease Following Childhood Adversity

November 7, 2014

Study: Millions of Californians have Higher Risk of Disease Following Childhood Adversity

By Heather Tirado Gilligan

One in six Californians has experienced significant trauma in childhood – and enough stress to put their long-term health at risk, according to a study released yesterday.

The study, “A Hidden Crisis: Findings on Adverse Childhood Experiences in California,” was issued by the Center for Youth Wellness in partnership with the non-profit Public Health Institute.

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Pavement Helps Trailer Park Residents Breathe

September 19, 2014

By Suzanne Potter

Graciela Zuniga and her two toddler boys suffer from asthma and bronchitis – conditions that are aggravated by all the dust kicked up by cars on the dirt roads of the trailer park they call home. “I get sick a lot, so do they. Everyone gets colds, and fevers too,” said Graciela.The Zunigas can breathe easier now.

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Get Tested Hits the Streets During HIV Awareness Month

August 26, 2014

By Suzanne Potter

The sun-drenched Palm Springs area is a hotspot for the virus that causes AIDS. The prevalence of HIV in the Coachella Valley is twice the national average. Yet it is estimated that 50-70 percent of residents have never been tested for HIV and don’t know their status.

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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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Fields of Fear

August 15, 2014

Fields of Fear

By Lily Dayton

When Maricruz Ladino started a job at a Salinas lettuce packing plant in 2005, her supervisor began making sexual advances, insinuating that if she didn’t succumb to his sexual demands he would fire her. Then, one day the supervisor drove her to an isolated field—supposedly to inspect the crops. Instead, Ladino says, he raped her.

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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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California Health Report TV – episode 1

August 4, 2014

In this inaugural episode we bring you stories from around the state of people who are improving their own health and the health of their communities.

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act is dramatically changing our healthcare system. But research shows that where you live is more closely connected to your health than doctors or hospitals — or whether or not you have insurance coverage.

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Interview with Dr. David Williams

July 28, 2014

By Daniel Weintraub

Dr. David Williams, an internationally recognized authority on social influences on health, currently teaches at the Harvard School of Public Health. His research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which socioeconomic status, race, stress, and religious involvement can affect physical and mental health.

The Everyday Discrimination scale that he developed is currently one of the most widely used measures to assess perceived discrimination in health studies.

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Improving farmworker living conditions

July 20, 2014

By Suzanne Potter

In this story we go to the rural farming communities about 60 miles east of wealthy Palm Springs, where tens of thousands of people live in what many have described as third world conditions. They crowd into dilapidated mobile home parks where clean drinking water is hard to come by and other public services can be sporadic.

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Latina Center empowers women to turn their lives around

July 14, 2014

By Veronica Moscoso

In this story we go to Richmond, where a mother of three, Alejandra Escobedo, was trapped in an abusive relationship. Like other immigrants in her situation, she didn’t speak English and didn’t have a job. It was hard to see a way out, until she found The Latina Center — an organization that helps Latinas move forward and become leaders in their community.

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