It’s not unusual for Debra Rush to receive a late night phone call from law enforcement agents who have just completed a human trafficking bust and need her help caring for trafficking survivors. When Rush rescues a young survivor from one of these situations, she knows all too well the horrors they’ve endured.
Water is a fundamental determinant of health. That’s why it’s such important news that California’s governor and legislature agreed to establish ongoing funding to make sure every resident in our state has access to clean, affordable water.
Many California’s counties reported having more homeless residents this year, according to the 2019 Point in Time surveys, which aim to count the number of people experiencing homelessness on a given night.
Nora Nicholson, who lost her son to stillbirth, is focused on preventing other parents from facing similar tragedies. As the California ambassador for Count the Kicks, Nicholson’s job is to encourage expectant mothers throughout the state to count their baby’s kicks in the third trimester of their pregnancy. A decrease in kicks may indicate in-utero distress.
California advocacy groups are decrying a Trump administration proposal to change one of the measurements to determine the federal poverty level, a move that could force tens of thousands of state residents to lose their public benefits.
In 2009, as the Great Recession bore down on California, lawmakers cut coverage of eyeglasses, podiatry, speech therapy and other benefits from the state’s low-income health program. A decade later, California will restore many of the cuts.
Despite health coverage gains under the Affordable Care Act, many low-income Californians are still struggling to afford medical care, with more than half reportedly delaying treatment because of cost, a recent survey found.
State lawmakers have approved a new budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year that seeks to make health care accessible and affordable to more people, including undocumented young adults.
California’s service system for children with developmental disabilities is spending significantly more on white and English-speaking kids than on Hispanics and Spanish speakers, according to a new report.
A bill making its way through the California legislature seeks to establish 100 youth drop-in centers across the state to support young people with mental health, substance use and physical health issues.
The statistics are staggering: 44 percent of lesbian women, 61 percent of bisexual women, 26 percent of gay men, 37 percent of bisexual men and nearly half of transgender people will be raped, attacked or stalked by an intimate partner in their lifetime. We need to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act with modest but meaningful improvements that enhance our nation’s response to these heinous crimes.