Author: Lisa Renner

Co-Housing Entices Families and Seniors

Greg Kelly was looking for an alternative to the isolation that can come with suburban living. He hated how in many suburban neighborhoods, people barely interact with their neighbors, spend most of their time in cars and struggle to keep their families going all on their own.

Homeless Are Hesitant to Use Medi-Cal

Some homeless people have trouble understanding the Medi-Cal enrollment process or providing the needed paperwork. Others would just rather be around other homeless people. Because of their hard life on the streets, they don’t always feel comfortable in more traditional settings.

College Program Steers Foster Children Towards Success

There is more help today than ever before for California foster youth who want to go to college. Promise Scholars is one of dozens of programs at state universities and colleges designed to aid foster youth. Full financial aid is available, including Chaffee grants, which are earmarked for foster youth and provide up to $5,000 a year.

Vets Take Deep Breaths

Decades after hippies dabbled in meditation, the practice has found widespread appeal. The military recently started offering meditation to veterans and their families who are struggling to manage chronic stress, pain and other ailments.

Blue Zoning for Better Health

Healthy choices aren’t always easy, but three California cities may be having some success in nudging residents towards better eating and exercise habits.

New Independence for California Midwives

California licensed midwives will have increased independence and authority in attending births, potentially giving more pregnant women access to their services under a new law that goes into effect in January. Assembly Bill 1308 removes an unworkable clause that required all licensed midwives to be supervised by a physician. Licensed midwives had been unable to fulfill that requirement since it went into effect 20 years ago because physicians’ malpractice insurance prohibited them from filling that role.

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