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Fresno doc wins award for helping Latino kids graduate

April 29, 2010

Dr. Katherine Flores of the UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research has been awarded a $125,000 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for her work helping low-income Latino students graduate from high school and attend college. The Doctors Academy recruits students beginning in 7th grade and supports and tutors them through the end of high school. So far, every participant has graduated and been accepted to college.

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Clinic director wins leadership award

April 29, 2010

Dr. Ellen Beck has won a $125,000 Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for her work with the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project in San Diego. Her clinics catch thousands of patients who fall through the safety net in a county that does not have a county hospital. The clinics also train doctors to care for the poor.

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Contra Costa moves against domestic violence

April 25, 2010

Victims of domestic violence often fall through the cracks between police, social workers and health care providers. Contra Costa County is fighting that problem by preparing to centralize services for abused women in a one-stop center in Richmond. HealthyCal contributor Heather Tirado Gilligan has the story.

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Anaheim program teaches music production to at-risk youth

April 25, 2010

In the music industry it’s all about who you know. And contrary to popular belief, not every kid in Orange County has Mickey Mouse on speed dial. An Anaheim program bridges that gap by helping at-risk kids learn music production skills.

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Federal reform won’t mean end of Healthy SF program

April 22, 2010

The federal health care overhaul signed last month by President Obama will not prompt significant changes in the short term for Healthy San Francisco, the city program that provides medical care for more than 51,000 low-income residents. And even when most major provisions of the federal law take effect in 2014, city officials say, there will still be a need for Healthy San Francisco to serve an estimated 20,000 patients who will not have health insurance under the federal law, including many who are in the country illegally.

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Sacramento’s Oak Park to get first farmer’s market

April 21, 2010

The Sacramento neighborhood of Oak Park is getting its first farmer’s market, highlighting the need for healthy food in one of the region’s most underserved neighborhoods.

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From tagging crew to video crew

April 18, 2010

Growing up in Boyle Heights, Fernando Almanzar dabbled in tagging and considered joining a crew or a gang before turning away from that lifestyle. Today he is an intern at the Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center, where he is learning the skill of video production. He is a success story for the Los Angeles Youth Opportunity Movement, which offers grant-funded academic programs and job training for residents age 14 to 21 who meet poverty guidelines and are authorized to work. HealthyCal contributor Patrick Burke offers this video profile.

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Stockton’s rise and fall

April 16, 2010

Forbes Magazine recently ranked Stockton as the second most miserable city in America. HealthyCal contributor Tony Wilson files this video report taking a look at how the city fell so far so fast. A big reason: Stockton rode the housing boom to the top, then fell badly when the market collapsed.

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Flood of new patients forces SF General to innovate

April 11, 2010

For hospital administrator Roland Pickens, Healthy San Francisco offers more than universal health care and coverage for the city’s uninsured. The three-year-old city program also is inspiring new approaches to streamlining medical care. Pickens, chief operating officer of San Francisco General Hospital, said the city health care program has led to innovations that include evening and weekend clinics, better care of patients with chronic conditions, electronic referrals that speed up the appointment process and a teleconferencing system that has doubled the availability of interpreters. The hospital has come up with new ideas out of necessity. Its caseload has mushroomed with Healthy San Francisco; more than 8,000 patients have chosen the public hospital as their medical home.

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Success story: Humboldt County Juvenile Hall

April 11, 2010

I liked this student the first time I met him. He was rowdy, he cursed, he broke rules with wild abandon, he was a pain in the neck for a lot of the teachers…He hated school… He told me that he thought he would grow up to be just like his brothers. Everyone else seemed to agree with him. His brothers are all in prison for gang-related activities.
He was soon locked up in his room for misbehavior. Instead of behaving so he could return to the classroom, he refused to do any work, and continued to tag his papers with gang writing. I was told this was typical for this student. I knew that he could work hard, he just wasn’t motivated. On a whim, I wrote him a letter in his cell.

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