Month: July 2015

In-home care allows seniors to stay independent

Elizabeth Smigiel, 88-years-old, “I have a care provider that helps me with everything. And she’s from the Fiji Islands. Well, we get along great and I like her. We have our little arguments every now and then but we laugh them off too. ‘We had our argument for the day,’ we say. And she’s still with me.”

Disabled Advocates Rally for Health

In every corner of California, in living rooms, community centers, and grassroots organizations, disabled activists are determined and organized to fight to preserve health programs and social services that help them and their communities.

Come Together: Bay Area Organizations Help Survivors of Human Trafficking

As the volunteer director for the Bay Area Youth Dance Team, Vanessa Scott was shocked when one of her 15-year-old students became ensnared in the web of human trafficking and was forced into prostitution. Like many Bay Area residents, Scott was unaware that the San Francisco area ranks as one of the nation’s main hubs for human trafficking, a crime that includes sex trafficking, child labor, forced labor and domestic servitude.

Who Will Care For Me?

Nearly two-thirds of adults over 40 have no idea how they’ll pay for long-term care when they’ll need it. That’s one of the dismal findings from a recent survey exploring the state of aging and caregiving.

San Diego Program Shows Value of Housing First

Advocates for the homeless have long argued that the “housing first” model for moving homeless people into shelter and services without demanding that they change their behavior was not only more humane but also more likely to help people rebuild their lives, with the potential to improve their health and save taxpayer dollars in the long run. Now there’s new data to back up that claim.

Latino Elders and Mental Health: Talk to Me… in Spanish

A swelling Latino population in California has meant rising numbers of Latino elders and, with them, a growing movement to support their mental health needs. Yet the movement faces a huge obstacle: Latinos don’t typically seek out help for behavioral health concerns.

California Health Report TV – Episode 7

In this episode we bring you stories from throughout San Joaquin Valley about people improving their lives and the conditions of their communities. First we go to Stockton where one program is working to improve the rate of breastfeeding in San Joaquin County – currently one of the lowest in the state. We will stay in Stockton where we’ll meet midwives who are struggling to

Health Care Hurdles for the Disabled

Yvette Baptiste’s son Andrew was born with Klippel-Feil syndrome, a bone disorder where the neck vertebrae are fused, causing pain and limiting movement.

But even though Baptiste, as the Executive Director of Eastern Los Angeles Family Resource Center, was a seasoned health advocate, it still took more than a year to find a new doctor to treat her adult son.

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