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Heat illness still a problem despite progress

August 28, 2012

Seven years after a surge in heat-related deaths among farm workers prompted California to adopt the nation’s strictest safety standards, the state has made progress on reducing fatalities in the fields. But more work still remains to be done. Joy Hepp reports.

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Not Your Grandma’s Senior Center

August 28, 2012

A San Diego senior center uses technology and human interaction to keep older adults healthy and independent as long as possible. Matt Perry reports.

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San Joaquin Valley seniors face foreclosures

August 28, 2012

By Clare Noonan

It’s not news to residents of the eight-county San Joaquin Valley that the area has  been hard hit economically since 2008, when the housing bubble deflated. Many neighborhoods show signs of neglect as people unable to meet their mortgage obligations lose their homes to foreclosure. Among those facing this prospect in the central part of the state is a growing number of older homeowners.

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Report finds racial discrepancies in unemployment benefits

August 23, 2012

By Nicole Jones

The Great Recession hit black workers the hardest, according to a recent report by The Urban Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research organization.

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Last fire camp standing

August 21, 2012
Last fire camp standing

By Callie Shanafelt

Six fire camps once housed and rehabilitated young offenders. Since the juvenile system has been realigned, shifting low-level offenders back to the care of the county, five camps have closed. Is that change good for young offenders? The young men at the last fire camp standing don’t seem to think so.

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ACA helps LA clinic provide affordable, comprehensive care

August 20, 2012

By Robert Fulton

A clinic that’s long helped Los Angeles’ poor and uninsured gets a boost from the Affordable Care Act.

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NPs on the frontlines

August 14, 2012
NPs on the frontlines

By Rosa Ramirez

Nurse practitioner Patricia Dennehy leads Glide Health Services in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, the only nurse-run clinic on the West Coast. There, she’s practicing what may become a a model for medicine’s future – providing primary care without doctors.

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Riding the Silver Tsunami

August 13, 2012

Long-term care facilities across the country are trying new alternatives for engaging older adults by using various pathways: art, nature, music, animals, dance, literature and friendship. The groundswell of adventurous programming is riding the wave of America’s “silver tsunami,” changing the way older adults are perceived and cared for. Matt Perry has the story.

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Committee calls for investment in young men and boys of color

August 9, 2012

By Courtney Keith

A year ago, the Select Committee on the Status of Men and Color established by Speaker of the Assembly John Pérez and led by Assemblymen Sandré Swanson (D-Oakland) began efforts to alert the state on the most critical issues facing these young men. The committee wrapped up their year-long effort in Sacramento yesterday.

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Guiding the Uninsured to Low-Cost Healthcare Services

August 8, 2012
Guiding the Uninsured to Low-Cost Healthcare Services

More than 7 million Californians have no health insurance at some point during any given year. For many, this means no doctor visits and no preventive care. Poor, frustrated and desperate, these citizens often think they have no access to healthcare. In truth, there are thousands of low-cost and no-cost clinics and agencies that support the uninsured. Californians for Patient Care (CPC) maintains a robust database of more than 5,000 contacts linking the uninsured with a wide range of discount services. Matt Perry profiles the agency and its web site.

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