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Higher Ed 2.0

March 31, 2013
One day soon, a student with a laptop in her bedroom in Mission Viejo will be able to take a full-credit, certified class online from a community college across the county. Or from Cal State Fullerton. Or UCLA. The student will watch the professor’s lectures on her computer, ask questions via email or text message, and take exams, probably from home. At least that’s the vision of Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg, a Sacramento Democrat who wants to use technology to bust the bottlenecks that are blocking student access in California’s cash-strapped and over-subscribed systems of higher education. Steinberg is vowing to get California’s public universities ahead of – or at least caught up with – a revolution underway in higher education while ensuring that the state continues to offer consistent, high quality classes, whether students take them on campus or over the Internet. Daniel Weintraub's weekly essay.

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9/11 Spawns Fervent Activist for Older Adult Innovation

March 31, 2013
The day the north tower of the World Trade Centers fell into her office at Lehman Brothers world headquarters, Katy Thomas Fike’s world changed forever. Matt Perry's latest column on aging with dignity.

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Home care workers are in demand, but still struggling to make ends meet

March 28, 2013
Home care workers are in demand, but still struggling to make ends meet By Alexia Underwood As the US population ages in record numbers, home care workers are becoming part of an increasingly in-demand market. They make an independent life possible for thousands of seniors and people with disabilities, but in the Central Valley and elsewhere across California and the US, they’re barely scraping by themselves.

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For the elderly, is bereavement an illness, or a part of life?

March 27, 2013
For the elderly, is bereavement an illness, or a part of life? By Kate Moser A change in the way depression is diagnosed in the bereaved – to be implemented in May by the American Psychiatric Association – could have a particular impact on older people.

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Feminist clinic fights to be included in health care reform

March 26, 2013
Feminist clinic fights to be included in health care reform By Leah Bartos As millions of Californians are projected to gain coverage over the next several years, the independent clinics that have traditionally served the uninsured are in for some big changes. Soon, many more low-income patients are expected to have private insurance, following the roll out of Obamacare’s signature reforms in 2014. That’s putting some clinics, like those in the Women’s Health Specialists network, in a quandary. They want to be a part of the system that’s creating a boon of paying patients – but in a way that allows them to hold onto their guiding principles. That will require a balancing act that clinic directors are starting to plan for now, before reforms go into effect full effect in 2014.

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Not your father's (or your padre's) Los Angeles

March 24, 2013
For decades, Los Angeles County has been a tumultuous demographic soup, with immigrants pouring in, longtime residents moving out, and the status quo turning upside down. The only thing that stayed the same was the pace of change. It was always fast. But suddenly, the music stopped. Immigration to Los Angeles has slowed to a crawl, relatively speaking. More of the county’s residents have lived there for decades instead of just a few years. A large cohort of second-generation Americans is rising to prominence. And for the first time since the Gold Rush, a majority of Los Angeles County will soon be homegrown, born in California rather than having arrived from another state or country. Daniel Weintraub's weekly essay.

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Cost of long term acute care for Medicare patients in Santa Cruz among lowest in U.S.

March 21, 2013
Cost of long term acute care for Medicare patients in Santa Cruz among lowest in U.S. By Lynn Graebner Santa Cruz County is home to an intriguing health care mystery: The county spends much less on acute long term care than most of the country. Can the rest of the U.S. learn from their example? And are they saving money without compromising patient care?

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A Blueprint for Better Health

March 20, 2013
A Blueprint for Better Health By Suzanne Potter The CHMI recently released the Coachella Valley Blueprint for Action report, which was produced at a marathon brainstorming session in December by 125 local health-care experts. The blueprint aims to help people live longer, healthier lives – and it encompasses many factors, not just access to health care.

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On the bumpy road to reform, one free clinic is no longer free

March 19, 2013
On the bumpy road to reform, one free clinic is no longer free By Callie Shanafelt St. Anthony’s, a free clinic in San Francisco, has a long history, one that reveals decades of challenges in providing health care for the poor people who line up for the clinic's help – challenges that likely won’t end when health care reform takes full effect in 2014.

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Cheer Up and Push Back: One Woman’s Fight Against Ageism

March 17, 2013
If there is a modern mystic channeling Dylan Thomas’ famous poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night,” it would be Ashton Applewhite. The excitable New York writer and scholar is rattling the cages of ageism to counter prevailing attitudes that older adults are unhappy, unproductive, or even worthless. Matt Perry's latest column on aging with dignity.

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