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

May 31, 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.

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

May 25, 2016

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 be implemented, according to the brief released Thursday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

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

May 24, 2016
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.

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Growing But Not Sustainable? Villages at a Crossroads

May 23, 2016
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 to help older adults remain in their homes while connecting them with a web of local services, classes, and assistance like transportation and repairs.

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Can Doctors Help Reduce Gun Violence?

May 18, 2016

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.

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Serious Shortage of Antibiotic for Congenital Syphilis

May 18, 2016

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.

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Medi-Cal Funding Will Support Housing the Chronically Homeless

May 17, 2016
Medi-Cal Funding Will Support Housing the Chronically Homeless

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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 from a Los Angeles County program based on a radical new approach to health care.

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In Northern California a “Walk With Friends” Leads to Healthier Living

May 16, 2016
In Northern California a “Walk With Friends” Leads to Healthier Living

By Fran Kritz

What makes local residents meet up to take a walk together in several Sacramento parks each week? To hear them tell it, it’s the fun that comes from a shared activity with neighbors, and, for as long as supplies hold out, free fruit and vegetables at the end of the trek.

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Foster care reform faces challenge: finding enough homes

May 16, 2016
Foster care reform faces challenge: finding enough homes

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By Lisa Renner

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.

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Keeping to Our Ideals and Providing Coverage to All California Families

May 13, 2016

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 immigration reform, we also see the lives of countless families on hold.

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