Month: February 2014

Clintons Push For Better Health

Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea recently headlined the second annual Clinton Health Matters Conference in La Quinta, Calif. They announced $100 million in corporate pledges to improve health across the U.S., and $11 million of that money will go to the Coachella Valley.

Does Health Insurance Equal Health Care?

More than 4 million people have now signed up for the Affordable Care Act, President Obama announced this week, and most of those will likely go on to pay their premiums and receive health insurance. But does health insurance equal health care?

Obama Initiative to Improve Lives of Young Men of Color Announced Today

The initiative, called My Brother’s Keeper, will seek solutions to the problems that face boys and young men of color in a public-private partnership supported by a roster of major foundations, including the Ford Foundation, the Annie E Casey Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the California Endowment.* A total of 10 foundations have committed to raise $200 million and pledged $7.5 million to create a blueprint and coordinate action on the initiative.

Institute of Medicine Convenes New Obesity Roundtable

Public health, obesity, school, business and community experts convened in Washington, D.C. last week at the inaugural workshop of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) new Roundtable on Obesity Solutions. The Roundtable will spend the next few years holding meetings, public workshops and innovation collaboratives and producing background papers with a goal of creating consensus on strategies to prevent and reduce obesity said Bill Purcell, co-chair of the Roundtable, who previously was the mayor of Nashville, Tenn.

Coaxing the Coachella Valley to Sign Up for Insurance

The Inland Empire is on track to meet the state’s goal of enrolling 76,069 people from the region into plans from the Covered California insurance exchange, according to figures just released.  Enrollment hit 39,474 during the first half of the sign-up period, which is 52% of the goal.

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