California’s new Health Benefit Exchange – the online consumer portal that will be at the center of federal health reform – took a major step Thursday toward implementing the controversial law that could extend insurance coverage to millions of Californians.
Month: May 2012
Where are all the dads? When a Merced middle-school principal found himself asking that question at a parent-teacher conference, he reached out to fathers and asked them to come to the school. The Tiger Dads club soon formed. Clare Noonan reports.
Aging with dignity and independence is the ability to live life to its fullest in the place you call home regardless of age, illness or disability. While we all like to picture ourselves growing older in a healthy way, the reality is that 70 percent of people over the age of 65 will need help with daily activities at some point in their lives — for an average of three years. This care can touch every aspect of your life — from how you live to where you live — and it can be very costly. Unfortunately, you never know when you or someone you love might need daily help, such as assistance getting groceries, help with transportation, or round the clock care, all of which require planning and coordination.
By Callie Shanafelt
The lack of dentists and specialists in rural Californian counties is leading to high rates of tooth decay and preventable dental emergencies, especially among low-income residents.
Confused about that new health care buzz word — the “medical home” ? A project in Fresno is exploring the potential of that model and finding it helpful. Here’s a story that explains what it’s all about.
Falls are the number one cause of injury – and death – for seniors in California and across the nation. They are also the largest single contributor to nursing home admissions – a staggering financial burden for both families and governments who shoulder the high costs of assisted living. Yet a number of experts and programs around the state are helping California become a leader in fall prevention awareness and training. In a state whose over-65 population is expected to be more than 10 million by 2040 – nearly one in five citizens – this is welcome news. Matt Perry has the story.
Minneapolis-St. Paul is the nation’s fittest big city, with San Francisco fourth and Sacramento sixth, according to the latest rankings from the American College of Sports Medicine. Los Angeles, despite its well known worship of the tan, fit body, was only 38th of the 50 big cities in the rankings. The report, known as the American Fitness Index, reflects a composite of “preventive health behaviors,
By Marnette Federis
Getting information out to Asian Pacific Islanders about sexual health and HIV is important, according to advocates, because the topics are taboo. “From my experience, as an Asian American, these are topics we don’t about, it’s hush, hush,” said Ethan Giang, an HIV program specialist with the Asian Americans for Community Involvement, a group within the Asian HIV/AIDS Collaborative of Santa Clara, which sponsored the San Jose event. “HIV, sexual health and homophobia it’s all a part of that.”
By Mary Flynn
Black students in Oakland public schools face harsher discipline, miss more school, and are likelier to dropout than white males, new research says.
By Suzanne Potter
“She would tell me about these conversations that we had, that I couldn’t remember. And I’ve got a good memory. So she’s relating my responses. And some of them sounded like me and others didn’t. So I’m thinking, ‘Did we have this conversation? Did this happen?’” Ron Oden recently recalled his Felicia’s battle with paranoid schizophrenia at a Summit on Mental Illness hosted by the Coachella Valley Health Collaborative (CVHC) at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert campus. The Mental Health Summit is the first part of a campaign funded by a $100,000 grant from Riverside County to improve awareness of mental health issues, increase access to treatment, and reduce stigma.