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Why California health outcomes trail other states

December 28, 2015

By Daniel Weintraub

Californians eat more fruits and vegetables than other Americans, refrain from smoking, keep their blood pressure under control and do a decent amount of physical activity. But our health, overall, is still worse than the residents of 21 other states, according to a recent report.

Why?

A big reason might be a category in which California ranks at the very bottom of all 50 states — health disparities, according to an annual report published by the United Health Foundation.

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Richmond Anti-Violence Program Recognized as a National Model

December 28, 2015
Richmond Anti-Violence Program Recognized as a National Model By Linda Childers In the heart of Richmond, Calif. lies the Iron Triangle, named after the three railroad tracks that define and enclose the area. Today children can be seen playing at a renovated community park in the neighborhood, but this hasn’t always been the case. In this working-class neighborhood historically plagued by drive-by shootings, substance abuse and prostitution, parents haven’t always felt safe letting their children play outside.

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Housing Skid Row’s Homeless, Tent by Tent

December 23, 2015
Housing Skid Row’s Homeless, Tent by Tent By Amy DePaul Skid Row, 8:30 a.m. The day begins on Crocker Street in downtown Los Angeles in a shady, fenced-in courtyard behind the Volunteers of America building.

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Need to Know

December 21, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know.

By Hannah Guzik

California has the most to lose if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. Specialty drug costs have surged, hurting the state’s public retirement program. An Oakland nonprofit is training faith leaders to be first-responders to domestic violence.

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State Expands Medi-Cal for Pregnant Women, But Some Access Concerns Remain

December 21, 2015
State Expands Medi-Cal for Pregnant Women, But Some Access Concerns Remain By Hannah Guzik Although California’s low-income health plan paid for prenatal care, until recently it sometimes didn’t cover other medical conditions that women faced during pregnancy. The exclusions included conditions, ranging from broken bones to cancer, that could influence the health of the baby.

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A New Escape Route for Victims of Domestic Violence

December 21, 2015
A New Escape Route for Victims of Domestic Violence By Jessica Portner Under the new Safe Housing for Domestic Violence Survivors law—which also applies to victims of stalking, human trafficking, sexual assault and elder abuse— tenants  in an unsafe living environment may break their residential lease with a statement from a counselor or caseworker.

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Palliative Care Finds Its Home

December 21, 2015
Palliative Care Finds Its Home

By Matt Perry

You’re sick, constantly in and out of the hospital, faced with an unending series of tests, tubes and monitors. You may soon qualify for hospice, but not yet. Instead, you remain stuck in that frustrating netherworld between acute medical interventions and end-of-life care.

Treatment… or surrender? It’s a conundrum for both patients and families.

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Women of Color Have Less Access to Doctors in California

December 17, 2015

By Hannah Guzik

Women of color in California say they have a more difficult time finding a personal doctor and affording visits than white women, according to a new report.

About 26 percent of women who identified as Hispanic and 17 percent of black women said they hadn’t seen a doctor in the past year because of cost, according to a 2012-14 survey from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Need to Know

December 14, 2015

Check in every Monday for health and health care news you need to know.

By Hannah Guzik

How seniors are shaping development in the tech industry. California Latinos who are food insecure are more likely to report psychological distress. A mental health program for college students is expected to reap huge societal gains.

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Oakland Non-Profit Aims to Train Faith Leaders as First Responders in Domestic Violence Cases

December 14, 2015
Oakland Non-Profit Aims to Train Faith Leaders as First Responders in Domestic Violence Cases

By Linda Childers

Although it happened eight years ago, Carolyn Russell clearly remembers the tragic murder of a female parishioner at Acts Full Gospel Church in Oakland. The 40-year-old woman was in the midst of a bitter divorce, when her estranged husband approached her in the church parking lot and shot and killed her.

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