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In the Central Valley, Abortion Clinics Are Few and Far Between

In the Central Valley, Abortion Clinics Are Few and Far Between

By Hannah Guzik Rosalinda Hernandez-Guzman grew up in the same Central Valley town where she is now raising her daughter. Visalia is rich in agriculture — rows of grapes, olives and citrus ring the city — but it falls behind the rest of California in access to reproductive health services.
Immigrant Communities Are Prepping Children in Case Parents Don’t Come Home

Immigrant Communities Are Prepping Children in Case Parents Don’t Come Home

By Marty Graham Mixed-immigration status families here are feverishly planning in the event that they are divided by deportations. The most common of many scenarios is that undocumented parents could be deported, leaving their children who are U.S. citizens behind.
Asthma Studies Raise Thorny Questions about Race and Genetics

Asthma Studies Raise Thorny Questions about Race and Genetics

By Linda Childers Walking through the halls of West Oakland Middle School in Oakland, it’s not uncommon to hear the sounds of students wheezing and coughing mixed with preteen chatter. According to school data, approximately 39 of the 220 students enrolled at this school have confirmed cases of asthma, and many more have breathing issues, including an increased incidence of respiratory infections.
San Diego Doctors, Advocates Combine Efforts to End Female Genital Cutting

San Diego Doctors, Advocates Combine Efforts to End Female Genital Cutting

By Marty Graham Doctors aim to turn San Diego’s large African community away from female genital cutting, while developing culturally competent medical care for women who have been cut, with help from a nonprofit well-known in the community for its advocacy efforts on behalf of African women in the city.
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Cuts to Medicaid Could Thwart California’s Plans for Universal Health Care

Cuts to Medicaid Could Thwart California’s Plans for Universal Health Care As Republicans work to dismantle the national Affordable Care Act, a bill to create universal health care coverage in California continues to wind its way through the legislature.

California Advocates React to American Health Care Act

California Advocates React to American Health Care Act By Lisa Renner Five million of California’s poorest and most vulnerable residents could lose their health coverage if the American Health Care Act becomes law, health advocates say. 

Palliative Care Coming for 7,400 Medi-Cal Patients, But Others Will Be Left Out

Palliative Care Coming for 7,400 Medi-Cal Patients, But Others Will Be Left Out By Hannah Guzik When Kirsten Dearing stands up, her autonomic nervous system goes haywire, causing her blood pressure to plummet and her heart to race. It’s a condition that sometimes leaves the Santa Rosa resident unable to cope with everyday tasks, and she’s spent the last two years trying to sort through possible medications, weighing side effects against her debilitating symptoms.

State Legislators Introduce Bills to Try to Prevent Changes to Women’s Health Coverage

State Legislators Introduce Bills to Try to Prevent Changes to Women’s Health Coverage By Hannah Guzik In an attempt to shield the state from federal policy changes, California legislators are working on a series of women’s health bills.

California Voices

Do No Harm: Why Bail Reform Matters to A Physician

Do No Harm: Why Bail Reform Matters to A Physician By Lello Tesema Each year, an estimated 1,000 people die while incarcerated in local jails, and a majority are being held pre-trial. 

Ageism in Silicon Valley

Ageism in Silicon Valley Over the past 40 years, the contract between a technology company and its workers has changed dramatically, with ageism a clear consequence.

Slow Down: A Lesson From Caregivers and Millennials

At some point in our lives, if we don’t slow down on our own, we are forced to slow down. Early Baby Boomers are now in their 60’s. Many of them are still working, but they may eventually need caregivers.

Who Will Be Our Aging Champion?

By Suzanne Reed “Is California prepared to meet the needs of the aging baby boomer generation?” That was the question posed three years ago by the California State Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care chaired by Senator Carol Liu (D-La Canada), where I served as Chief of Staff.

The Struggle For Palliative Care Standards

The Struggle For Palliative Care Standards Sometimes seen as the step before hospice, palliative care is actually appropriate at any stage of a serious illness. Unlike hospice — which requires that treatment stop – palliative care can be offered while a cure is pursued.