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New West County Health Center is future of health care, says co-author of ACA

October 18, 2012
New West County Health Center is future of health care, says co-author of ACA

The West County Health Center is the wave of the health care future, says ACA co-author Representative George Miller.

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Santa Cruz County braces for Healthy Families transition to Denti-Cal

October 17, 2012
Santa Cruz County braces for Healthy Families transition to Denti-Cal

By Lynn Graebner

Low income children in Santa Cruz County already have a tough time getting in to see a dentist. As the state prepares to start transitioning 6,791 Santa Cruz County children covered under the state’s Healthy Families Program to Medi-Cal in 2013, dental options for those kids could get even slimmer.

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Gang intervention workers and police build trust

October 16, 2012

By Robin Urevich

Gang intervention workers and cops are working together to curb gang violence in Los Angeles. But the relationship between the two groups isn’t always easy.

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Health care reform helps L.A. clinic meet rising demand

October 11, 2012
Health care reform helps L.A. clinic meet rising demand

By Robert Fulton

South Los Angeles, maybe best remembered as ground zero for the 1992 Rodney King riots, now boasts an unexpected draw. Patients are traveling from other parts of Los Angeles to seek care at the South Central Family Health Center, a clinic that provides health care to the uninsured – and is using grants from the Recovery Act and the Affordable Care Act to innovate and grow.

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Massive Free Clinic Attracts 1,500 Patients

October 10, 2012
Massive Free Clinic Attracts 1,500 Patients

By Suzanne Potter

On a recent Saturday hundreds of families waited patiently in punishing 108 degree heat – for the chance to get an eye exam and a pair of glasses – in Thermal, California.

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Santa Ana residents find no discount in discount drug program

October 9, 2012
Santa Ana residents find no discount in discount drug program

By Helen Afrasiabi

A discount drug card offered by the city of Santa Ana to help shoulder the exorbitant costs of prescription drugs has left some users asking “where is the discount?”

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Program preps parents for college

October 4, 2012

By Clare Noonan

Parent Empowerment Program workshops demystify all aspects of getting into and attending college: what courses and exams high-school students have to take in order to be admitted, how to fill out financial forms, what college courses to sign up for. “It educates parents about college life for their children. It takes away the fear of what college life will be like.”

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Orange County clinics pilot patient centered care

October 3, 2012
Orange County clinics pilot patient centered care

By Helen Afrasiabi

Orange County has gotten an early start on health care reform with a pilot program testing a new approach to care for the low-income and uninsured in three clinics.

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California gets a handle on pertussis

October 1, 2012

By Suzanne Potter

Pertussis, the highly contagious disease better known as whooping cough, killed ten infants in the state in 2010 and infected 9,000 people: the most in 60 years. But California hasn’t seen a single death from the disease in 2011 or in the first half of 2012.

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Controversial tool highlights polluted, disadvantaged communities

October 1, 2012
Controversial tool highlights polluted, disadvantaged communities

By Chris Richard

For decades, San Bernardino County has been a state leader in the statistics of despair: low educational attainment, high unemployment, low household income, low birth-weight babies, high pollution levels, inadequate health care. The baleful statistics mounted up, but policy makers had no uniform way to bring them into a framework and chart their interactions. Now, a state agency is preparing a tool that will coalesce such indices in a color-coded map, one that highlights the communities that are most vulnerable to environmental health risks.

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