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After reform, a million more kids will be insured – but will they be able to find a dentist?

February 28, 2013

After reform, a million more kids will be insured – but will they be able to find a dentist?

By Callie Shanafelt

More than four million kids are covered by Denti-Cal, but with only 35 percent of dentists accepting their insurance, they are having a difficult time getting their oral health needs met. With more than a million more children expected to enroll as health reforms take effect, advocates worry dental access will only worsen.

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Traveling clinic treats kids who can’t afford dental care

February 27, 2013

Traveling clinic treats kids who can’t afford dental care

By Melissa Flores

Christina’s Smile Children’s Dental Clinic has been following the PGA tour for 20 years, stopping in nearby communities to offer free dental services to low-income, uninsured children from ages 6 to 15.

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Study: Independent Group Calls for Targeted Research on Breast Cancer Prevention, Environmental Risks

February 26, 2013

By Rosa Ramirez

As the number of women and men diagnosed with breast cancer continues to rise, an independent committee of medical researchers, community stakeholders and advocates are urging for more research that zeroes-in on preventive and environmental causes of the disease.

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LGBT survivors of intimate violence have fewer shelters and resources

February 26, 2013

By Heather Tirado Gilligan

People in same-sex relationships face intimate violence as often as straight people do – but the victim services available now are not enough to keep gay, lesbian and transgender people safe from their abusers, advocates say.

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Federal Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan suspends enrollment, California soon to follow

February 25, 2013

Federal Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan suspends enrollment, California soon to follow

By Callie Shanafelt

Health-care seekers visiting the federal Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan website February 16th were met by a window with large red letters reading “Enrollment Suspension.” The plan has stopped adding new subscribers and state administers of the plan will do the same March 2nd.

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Metal detectors to be removed at most county medical facilities

February 25, 2013

Metal detectors to be removed at most county medical facilities

By Chris Richard

After a shooter wounded two doctors at a Los Angeles County hospital in the 1990s, metal detectors were installed at county medical facilities. Now that Obamacare is poised to bring more choice to low-income patients, the county wants to remove the metal detectors, causing doctors, patients and other wonder about their safety.

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In annual homeless census, counting youth is a challenge

February 21, 2013

In annual homeless census, counting youth is a challenge

Getting services to homeless youth is essential to preventing chronic homelessness, advocates say.

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Mobile Health at the Market

February 20, 2013

By Marty Graham

When it comes to getting her kids the healthcare she needs, Monica Villalobos faces many challenges. A single mom with three kids under five, she doesn’t have a car, works long hours and shares parenting with her mom, who speaks very little English.

But it was easy for her to find her way to the Healthy Steps Medical Mobile Unit from the San Ysidro Health Center – they set up a mobile services truck in the parking lot of her grocery store on Thursdays.

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Bridging the health gap may start with building trust

February 20, 2013

Bridging the health gap may start with building trust

By Minerva Perez

Health care professionals, policymakers and African American women recently gathered in Merced to share their views on the social and racial barriers that keep women of color from being active participants in their own health care and to develop strategies that will improve the health outcomes of all African American women in the county.

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Program guides underrepresented students to health professions

February 19, 2013

Program guides underrepresented students to health professions

By Callie Shanafelt

Jeff Oxendine wanted to pursue a developing interest in public health in college – but he didn’t know how, until he found an internship program that set him on his path. Now an Associate Dean at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, he’s also the founder of an innovative program that helps more students like him find their way into the health care field.

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