In this episode we travel from Oakland to Lake County to Los Angeles looking for stories of people who are improving their own health and the health of their communities.
First we journey to East Oakland where a unique childcare program called Room to Bloom helps both parents and their children.
Then we go to Lake County, which was ranked the lowest in California for health outcomes in a 2013 study conducted by the University of Wisconsin. The Lake County Tribal Health Consortium– a federally funded and tribally sanctioned organization that serves six Native American tribes and the community as a whole– wants to change this ranking.
Then we travel to Los Angeles where Dr. Rishi Manchanda believes the key to better health for homeless veterans is improving their lives. He’s developed a clinic at the VA hospital where vets can find housing, mental health care and help with benefits and legal issues.
Finally, host Daniel Weintraub is joined in studio by UC Davis associate professor Dr. Ronald Fong who is training the next generation of physicians to look outside the exam room to help their patients stay healthy. He advocates everything from taking walks with patients to training doctors to lobby local government for better land use policies.