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Nation’s First Firearm Violence Research Center Will Be At UC Davis

August 30, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

The nation’s first firearm violence research center will be located at UC Davis’ Sacramento campus, University of California President Janet Napolitano announced Monday.

Garen Wintemute, an ER doctor and experienced gun violence researcher, will lead the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center.

Wintemute’s existing gun-violence research program is the only one in the Western U.S.

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Safe Parking Programs Offer a Respite for the Homeless

August 30, 2016
Safe Parking Programs Offer a Respite for the Homeless By Lily Dayton An hour before sunset, a Neapolitan-striped RV lurches into the church parking lot near a wooded area on the Monterey Peninsula. A 65-year-old woman named Irene Evers Elisabeth guides the hulking vehicle into a parking space; her dog Buster rides shotgun. They’ll sleep here tonight, like they have for the past month—the first month in years when Elisabeth hasn’t had to worry about waking in the night to a police officer pounding at her camper door, shining a flashlight in her windows and ordering her to move on.  

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Plunging teen birth numbers reason to celebrate

August 29, 2016

By Daniel Weintraub

Although we live in a culture of negativity that leads many people to believe that things are worse than ever, the data often show otherwise. Crime, for example, has plummeted for a quarter-century, though you’d never know it from watching the local news. Access to higher education has never been greater.

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To Improve Student Health, Some California Schools Move to Educate Parents

August 29, 2016
To Improve Student Health, Some California Schools Move to Educate Parents By Derek Walter  It’s not just students that are trekking off to school for another year of learning. Many parents will be headed to class as well, as schools are ramping up their efforts to make sure they see parents more often than at the beginning of the year or back to school night.

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Caregiver Blues? Be Here Now

August 29, 2016
Caregiver Blues? Be Here Now By Matt Perry Imagine you’re swimming in a muddy river, trying desperately to peer through the muck. You face a swirl of confusing obstacles. They have names like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, children, job, vacations, texting and a thousand other distractions. The muck is modern life.

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California’s Foster Children Are Improperly Prescribed Psychotropic Meds, State Auditor Finds

August 24, 2016

By Hannah Guzik

California foster children are frequently prescribed psychotropic medications, but oftentimes dosages exceed state guidelines and the children don’t receive follow-up services.

And, too often, no one notices.

That’s the grim news from State Auditor Elaine Howle in a report released Tuesday.

“This issue is of particular importance to California, which has the largest population of foster children in the country,” the report states.

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Looking out for our most vulnerable children

August 23, 2016

By Alex Johnson

A child’s health and chance to survive a serious medical condition should not be dependent on their family’s income. All children deserve access to high-quality health care services – particularly children who are medically fragile or have serious diseases.

That tenet is at the heart of the California Children’s Services (CCS) program – a model program leading the nation and the world in providing children with access to the best health care services, regardless of their family’s income.

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Confronting Child Sex Trafficking on the Central Coast

August 23, 2016
Confronting Child Sex Trafficking on the Central Coast


A source from the FBI’s Los Angeles Division alerted the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office that the Central Coast had become a hub for commercial sexual exploitation of minors — a crime that had gone relatively undetected by local authorities. Photo: Ken Pfeiffer Photography

By Leah Bartos

Five years ago, when Lisa Conn became a mental health provider for juvenile justice in Santa Barbara County, she noticed a disturbing trend: A large number of the incarcerated girls were displaying symptoms of complex trauma and, in particular, sex trauma.

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Most Survivors Want More Rehab, Less Punishment for Victimizers

August 23, 2016
Most Survivors Want More Rehab, Less Punishment for Victimizers

Victims of violent crime are more likely to be low-income, under 30 and Latino or African American, according to a survey by Californians for Safety and Justice. Aswad Thomas, pictured above, was shot in the back twice in 2009. Photo courtesy of Aswad Thomas.

By Lily Dayton

Aswad Thomas made a quick stop at a convenience store to buy a bottle of pink lemonade on a hot summer night in 2009.

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California’s Most Fragile Children Hope to Keep Doctors Under New Bill

August 17, 2016
California’s Most Fragile Children Hope to Keep Doctors Under New Bill By Hannah Guzik California advocates and legislators are now fighting to make sure that 30,000 medically fragile children can keep the health services that have, in many cases, helped them survive.

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