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Gardening to build community, change habits

May 1, 2013
Gardening to build community, change habits

By Chris Richard

As city planners consider lifting a five-year-old ban on new fast-food vendors in South Los Angeles, urban gardening activists say it’s especially important to promote healthy eating habits by planting publicly available produce gardens on front lawns and city parkways.

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Advocates and activists allege environmental racism in the Coachella Valley

April 30, 2013
Advocates and activists allege environmental racism in the Coachella Valley

By Suzanne Potter

Toxic waste dumps. Poor air quality. And the slow death of the Salton Sea. The Eastern Coachella Valley has serious environmental problems – and now locals are getting involved.

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Study: Spending cuts hurt public health

April 19, 2013
Study: Spending cuts hurt public health

By Heather Tirado Gilligan

Drastic government spending cuts in times of financial crisis may be bad for public health, a new study by Greek and American researchers suggests.

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Despite years of advocacy, some farmworker housing still deplorable

April 4, 2013
Despite years of advocacy, some farmworker housing still deplorable

By Rosa Ramirez

When people from Mexico and other parts of Latin America migrate north for work in California’s bountiful agriculture industry, they hope for upward mobility. But the reality for many toiling in the $44.3 billion industry is another. Poor pay, which characterizes the farmworker labor force, has left many struggling to find adequate and safe housing.

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Labor shortage doesn’t improve pay for many farmworkers

April 3, 2013
Labor shortage doesn’t improve pay for many farmworkers

By Rosa Ramirez

Ana Rosa Perez wanted a better life when she emigrated from central Mexico to work in Oxnard’s strawberry fields. Instead, she can barely pay her rent. Her son wants a different life – and that’s one reason why California may soon be facing a farmworker shortage.

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Research shows dental care disparities among white, minority children

July 28, 2010

Latino and African American children in Medicaid have high rates of tooth decay but visit dentists less often than children with private insurance, according to a new article in the journal Health Affairs. But the racial and ethnic disparities go beyond economic status. Latino and African American children with private insurance are less likely than white children to see a dentist, and they go longer between visits. And Latino and African American children in Medicaid are more likely than white children in Medicaid to go longer between trips to the dentist.

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