California met federal health goals for reducing death rates from cancer, heart disease and stroke last year and improved its health status in 20 of 26 categories tracked by the state, according to a health status report card released Thursday by the Department of Public Health.
Month: April 2010
Dr. Katherine Flores of the UCSF Fresno Latino Center for Medical Education and Research has been awarded a $125,000 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for her work helping low-income Latino students graduate from high school and attend college. The Doctors Academy recruits students beginning in 7th grade and supports and tutors them through the end of high school. So far, every participant has graduated and been accepted to college.
Dr. Ellen Beck has won a $125,000 Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for her work with the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project in San Diego. Her clinics catch thousands of patients who fall through the safety net in a county that does not have a county hospital. The clinics also train doctors to care for the poor.
It will be years before the new health insurance exchange at the heart of the federal health reform passed in March rolls out in California. But decisions being made now could shape how that exchange looks and works, the health benefits it makes available to consumers, how much Californians pay for their coverage and the roles played by the government and the private insurance industry.
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has given tentative approval to an ordinance that would restrict the ability of restaurants to use toys or other incentives to entice children into eating meals that are high in fat, sugar, and calories. The ordinance is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States.
Three months of higher-than-expected tax receipts, which many in the Capitol had hoped would wipe out a big chunk of the state’s budget deficit, appear to be coming to an end. April revenues so far have been several billion dollars below projections, with only five more days of envelopes to open at the Franchise Tax Board and the Employment Development Department. Unless the state sees a big end-of-the-month rally, the coming budget season is going to be a bleak one for people who depend on public services, and, potentially, an ugly one for the politicians in Sacramento.
Victims of domestic violence often fall through the cracks between police, social workers and health care providers. Contra Costa County is fighting that problem by preparing to centralize services for abused women in a one-stop center in Richmond. HealthyCal contributor Heather Tirado Gilligan has the story.
In the music industry it’s all about who you know. And contrary to popular belief, not every kid in Orange County has Mickey Mouse on speed dial. An Anaheim program bridges that gap by helping at-risk kids learn music production skills.
The federal health care overhaul signed last month by President Obama will not prompt significant changes in the short term for Healthy San Francisco, the city program that provides medical care for more than 51,000 low-income residents. And even when most major provisions of the federal law take effect in 2014, city officials say, there will still be a need for Healthy San Francisco to serve an estimated 20,000 patients who will not have health insurance under the federal law, including many who are in the country illegally.
A computer model that the Air Resources Board used to justify historic restrictions on diesel emissions from off-road construction equipment may have attributed twice as much pollution to those heavy trucks as they actually produce, according to interviews with ARB staff.