Opinion: Here’s a Way to Make Health Care Safer for Black Mothers

The status quo is unacceptable — overall maternal mortality consistently ranks among the top causes of death among women ages 20 to 44 in the United States, and the rate has steadily increased since the 1990s.

The specialty of anesthesiology has been working to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality through best practices and use of quality metrics.

Analysis: California Has the Best Programs for Kids with Complex Health Needs, But We Can Do Even Better

California’s about to bail programs overboard as it works to keep the state afloat amidst a huge budget deficit. It’s a problem, and I’m concerned for some programs that help children with special health care needs.

But I wanted to take a moment to talk about something that I don’t often bring up. Overall, California has the best health care for children and youth with special health care needs.

California Kids Wait Months or Years for Specialty Care. Here’s What Would Help

California has a severe shortage of pediatric specialist doctors. The state has only one pediatric medical toxicologist for all 8.7 million children in California, for example, and one child abuse specialist for every 258,000 children.

The shortfall puts medically fragile children at risk for worsening health and missed opportunities for life-changing treatment and support. Many families wait months — and in some cases a year or more — to get appointments.

How to Protect Your Community From the Toxic Lead Lurking in Soil

While the threat of lead exposure via paint and water is well documented, soils aren’t systematically tested and mapped to prevent exposure to this invisible neurotoxin.

Journalists have created a toolkit to help fill these information gaps and arm community members with the skills needed to do their own testing and analysis.

Opinion: The Cost of Medical Care is Unaffordable for California’s Most Vulnerable. We Need Policy Change

Millions of Californians feel they can’t afford to address their health needs, whether through medication, doctor’s visits or insurance coverage.

California’s new Office of Health Care Affordability recently proposed capping medical spending growth at 3 percent. This would limit how much things like insurance premiums or the cost of medical services could rise every year.

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