Month: May 2016

Nation’s First LGBT Adult Homeless Shelter Opens in San Francisco

By Linda Childers

The National Coalition Against Homelessness says violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in homeless shelters is all too common. They report that members of the LGBT community typically have a greater difficulty finding shelters that accept and respect them, and are at a heightened risk of violence, abuse, and exploitation compared to their heterosexual peers.

Doctors Unclear on California’s New Assisted Death Law, Report Finds

By Hannah Guzik Californians who are terminally ill and have less than six months left to live will be able to ask their doctors to help them die beginning June 9, but many doctors in the state are confused about the new law, a new report finds. Health organizations, doctors and families lack information about The End of Life Option Act and how it will

Digital NEST Nurtures High-Tech Skills in Low-Income Youth

By Lily Dayton

Issac Rodriguez always dreamed of making movies, but the Watsonville High School junior didn’t think it was something he would ever actually do. His parents worked long hours in the strawberry fields just to make ends meet; the family couldn’t afford a computer—let alone a video camera and editing software.

Growing But Not Sustainable? Villages at a Crossroads

By Matt Perry Along Los Angeles’ coastline the affluent Palos Verdes peninsula is heavily populated with older adults. Nearly one in four citizens living there is over 65 — almost twice the state average. With growing concern about how she and her neighbors would age successfully, Sherry May last year helped organize a community meeting to discuss the popular Village Movement, a growing national trend

Can Doctors Help Reduce Gun Violence?

By Hannah Guzik Doctors can help prevent gun violence by asking their patients whether they own firearms and counseling them on safety, a new report states. A common misperception among physicians is that it’s illegal for them to ask their patients about firearms, according to the report, published Monday in the peer-reviewed Annals of Internal Medicine. In fact, several groups advise doctors to ask about

Serious Shortage of Antibiotic for Congenital Syphilis

By Kit Stolz The public health official who oversees efforts to slow the rate of sexually transmitted disease in California, Heidi Bauer, M.D., has sounded an alarm about a serious shortage of the one antibiotic that effectively cures congenital syphilis. After many years of decline, the incidence of congenital syphilis, which can be fatal to newborns, has spiked in California. “This is becoming a huge

Medi-Cal Funding Will Support Housing the Chronically Homeless

By Lynn Graebner Will Nebbitt suffers from seizures and painful blood clots in his legs that prevent him from walking very far. A former addict, he spent more than 25 of his 59 years in prison and almost the rest of his adult life homeless. Men like Nebbitt usually die young and on the street, yet he’s had a home for two years after help

Foster care reform faces challenge: finding enough homes

There’s no doubt in Veronica Morales’ mind that placement in a caring foster family is far superior than placement in a group home. The Turlock resident, who spent much of her childhood in family foster care, said her brothers seemed like “robots” after their stay in a heavily structured group home.

Keeping to Our Ideals and Providing Coverage to All California Families

By Mayra E. Alvarez Robert Kennedy once said, “Our attitude toward immigration reflects our faith in the American ideal. We have always believed it possible for men and women who start at the bottom to rise as far as their talent and energy allow. Neither race nor creed nor place of birth should affect their chances.” As our nation continues to see no activity on

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