Month: December 2010

Preventable hospitalizations decline, but big differences among counties persist

Preventable hospitalizations for ten health conditions have declined in California over the past decade, but wide disparities remain among the state’s 58 counties, according to new data from an agency that tracks statewide health trends. Hospitalizations for three preventable conditions — urinary tract infections, hypertension and long-term complications from diabetes — have increased during the past ten years.

New rules require insurers to justify rate increases

The Obama Administration has rolled out new rules requiring health insurers to justify any annual rate increases of more than 10 percent. The proposed regulations, unveiled Tuesday by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, represent an escalation of federal involvement in a field historically left to the states.

Generation Tech

In a departure from traditional philanthropic awards, the Gary and Mary West Foundation awarded $50,000 to a youth-run Web design company in City Heights for jobs—not job development alone. The grant allows DiverseCity Tech—a group of young entrepreneurs performing an e-vitalization of mom-and-pop shops in the immigrant neighborhood—to hire three paid interns who will quickly navigate the ranks to become new media professionals before they’re old enough to order a drink. The program is a project of the San Diego Futures Foundation and aims to revitalize area businesses through websites and social media, meanwhile providing a similar path to self-sufficiency for its young employees. See this video report on the project by Robert Knauf and Megan Burks.

Smoking rate hits record low

California’s smoking rate dropped to a record low of 13.1 percent in 2009, according to new numbers from the state Department of Public Health. That’s a 42 percent decline since the state’s Tobacco Control Program was established in 1990.

A struggle to be heard

This video podcast from Public Health Law and Policy features local residents recalling the controversial history of redevelopment in west Oakland, where eminent domain abuse by public agencies in the 1950s and 60s resulted in the demolition of entire neighborhoods. The podcast also showcases a recent effort in Oakland in which the local redevelopment agency supported a community-led project to bring healthy food to the

2010 California Parent Survey: a parent's perspective

Happiness and health. When it comes down to it, that’s perhaps all that most parents want for our children. It’s a simple enough goal. But we’re passionate in our efforts to guide – in some cases steer – our kids down a path leading there. Along the way, we’re bombarded with advice about how to be the perfect parent – from fellow parents, the media, parenting “experts”, teachers, our own parents, and, of course, our kids, who usually have no shortage of opinions on what we should do. And we’re often not quite sure that we’re making the right decisions.

So it’s heartening to see that responses from the 2010 California Parent Survey indicate that parents, by and large, seem to be doing fairly well by their kids.

We talk with teachers about our children’s academic progress (91%) and volunteer at school (58% of kids have parents who volunteered in the last six months). We make sure our kids have health insurance (94%) and visit the doctor at least annually (79%). We try to have family dinners together at least five times a week (parents say this happens for 76% of children) and read with our kids (about two-thirds of parents of 0-5 year-olds read at least 5-6 times a week with their families, parents say).

The link between violence, coercion and unintended pregnancy

A link between intimate violence and unintended pregnancy and STDs may help clinicians identify patients suffering from abuse. Dr. Elizabeth Miller, a UC Davis professor and researcher, has completed new research that shows how simple, no-cost interventions can help women escape abuse and take back control of their reproductive health.

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