Special Features
In a Push for Fair Treatment, Los Angeles LGBT Center Creates New Categories for Relationship Violence

In a Push for Fair Treatment, Los Angeles LGBT Center Creates New Categories for Relationship Violence

A four-category system for intimate partner violence that Susan Holt created with her colleagues at the Los Angeles LGBT Center has become a standard of practice at the non-profit, the largest provider of LGBT medical and mental health services nationwide. But Holt and her colleagues are still working to spread the word about the four categories, which, Holt believes, can be helpful for treating the wider community as well.
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.
Access

Study: Preparing for Affordable Care Act Meant Better Care for Patients in California

Study: Preparing for Affordable Care Act Meant Better Care for Patients in California By Ron Shinkman California is one of several states that prepared for health care reform for years before the Affordable Care Act rolled out in 2014. A new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research suggest that the early rollout has had some striking results.

Proposed Medi-Cal Rules Offer Rural Residents Less Access to Specialists and Mental Health Care

Proposed Medi-Cal Rules Offer Rural Residents Less Access to Specialists and Mental Health Care By Hannah Guzik Should patients in rural California have to drive four times as far to see a neurologist as someone who lives in Los Angeles? Should your access to health care depend on your zip code?

Senate Health Bill Would Risk Health Coverage for Half of California Children

Senate Health Bill Would Risk Health Coverage for Half of California Children By Hannah Guzik  If the Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act becomes law, more than 5 million California children would be at risk of losing health coverage and some of the state’s hospitals may not be able to keep their doors open, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday.

Health Care Bill Will Hurt Low-Income People of Color and Children, Advocates Say

Health Care Bill Will Hurt Low-Income People of Color and Children, Advocates Say By Lisa Renner Minorities would be particularly affected. According to the Medi-Cal Monthly Enrollment Fast Facts report in January, 48 percent of Medi-Cal recipients are Hispanic, 13 percent are Asian/Pacific Islander and 8 percent are African-American. Twenty percent are white and 12 percent didn’t report a race.  

California Voices

California Needs Equality When it Comes to Mental Health Care

California Needs Equality When it Comes to Mental Health Care By Kimberly Chen Too few Californians have access to mental health care, and the problem exasperates inequities in the state. This is why a health equity focus is so important.

Following a Stroke, She Woke Up in Men’s Clothes: Why LGBTQ Seniors Deserve Equal Rights

Following a Stroke, She Woke Up in Men’s Clothes: Why LGBTQ Seniors Deserve Equal Rights By Rick Zbur After a lifetime of bullying by schoolmates, co-workers and society at large, some LGBTQ seniors are forced to share a room with homophobic or transphobic companions. Same-sex couples are sometimes separated. A bill currently making its way through the California legislature would do much to combat the lack of understanding or hostility confronting so many LGBTQ seniors in residential care. 

California Needs Palliative Care Standards, and This is a Start

California Needs Palliative Care Standards, and This is a Start In California, we need to begin creating and implementing standards for palliative care sooner rather than later, due in part to a new state law. SB 1004, approved by the California legislature in 2014, requires the state’s low-income health plan, Medi-Cal, to provide access to palliative care services.

Pull All Your Teeth or Go Into Debt: The Dismal Dental Choices Older Adults Are Faced With

Pull All Your Teeth or Go Into Debt: The Dismal Dental Choices Older Adults Are Faced With By Amber Christ Low-income older Californians often must choose between going into debt or having all their teeth pulled so that Denti-Cal will cover the cost of their dentures. The state health program doesn't cover partial dentures. Whether benefits are improved will depend on whether the governor and legislature come to an agreement to do so before the budget is signed in mid-June.

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.