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Spurred by Lack of Mental Health Therapists in Rural Central California, Researchers Make House Calls to Seniors

May 30, 2017
Spurred by Lack of Mental Health Therapists in Rural Central California, Researchers Make House Calls to Seniors By Lisa Renner People who live in rural areas suffer from higher than average rates of depression, an illness that can have a devastating effect on older adults. Yet California's rural areas suffer from a shortage of mental health professionals, leaving seniors with few options for treatment.

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Stark Disparities Persist at Centers Serving Children with Special Needs

May 26, 2017
Stark Disparities Persist at Centers Serving Children with Special Needs By Lisa Renner The amount of state funding given to a child with developmental disabilities varies wildly depending on where the child lives, according to a new report by Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm. Regions with higher black and Latino populations receive lower funding than those with higher white and Asian populations, the report said.

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California Immigrants Lobby for Sanctuary State Bill

May 25, 2017
California Immigrants Lobby for Sanctuary State Bill By Hannah Guzik Legislation called the California Values Act would prevent state, local and school police from enforcing immigration laws or using their resources to investigate, detain or arrest people for immigration violations.

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Those Who Fought for LGBT Rights Often Can’t Find Fair Housing

May 25, 2017
Those Who Fought for LGBT Rights Often Can’t Find Fair Housing By Linda Childers Though they rocked cultural norms by being open about their sexuality in their youth, these lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders, often find that moving into an assisted living or skilled nursing facility means going back into the closet. 

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In the Central Valley, Abortion Clinics Are Few and Far Between

May 24, 2017
In the Central Valley, Abortion Clinics Are Few and Far Between By Hannah Guzik Rosalinda Hernandez-Guzman grew up in the same Central Valley town where she is now raising her daughter. Visalia is rich in agriculture — rows of grapes, olives and citrus ring the city — but it falls behind the rest of California in access to reproductive health services.

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Afraid of Law Enforcement, Immigrants in Abusive Relationships Face Safety Dilemma

May 22, 2017
Afraid of Law Enforcement, Immigrants in Abusive Relationships Face Safety Dilemma By Hannah Guzik Interpersonal assault victims, who already faced stigma and a culture that often blames them for their assault, now must contend with a president who himself has been accused of sexual assault. Further, President Donald Trump’s immigration policies have left many California victims who are undocumented afraid to even step foot in a courthouse or police station, for fear that they may be deported.

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Mapping Effort Spotlights Extent of Hepatitis C Pandemic in California

May 19, 2017
Mapping Effort Spotlights Extent of Hepatitis C Pandemic in California Hepatitis C kills more people in the United States each year than any other infectious disease, yet few people realize how widespread the virus is or know what areas of the country are most impacted.

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Cuts to Medicaid Could Thwart California’s Plans for Universal Health Care

May 19, 2017
Cuts to Medicaid Could Thwart California’s Plans for Universal Health Care By Lisa Renner As Republicans work to dismantle the national Affordable Care Act, a bill to create universal health care coverage in California continues to wind its way through the legislature.

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California Offers Child Care Subsidies for Infants and Toddlers, But Only 9% of Those Eligible Enroll

May 17, 2017
California Offers Child Care Subsidies for Infants and Toddlers, But Only 9% of Those Eligible Enroll Only 9 percent of eligible infants and toddlers have state-subsidized child care. California’s day cares have the capacity to only take 25 percent of the state’s children who are 2 and younger. The number of spots available drops even lower when you take into account day cares that are willing to accept subsidies.

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Slashing Payments to Planned Parenthood Will Limit Access to Care in Central Valley

May 16, 2017
Slashing Payments to Planned Parenthood Will Limit Access to Care in Central Valley By Linda Childers Planned Parenthood is a major provider of reproductive health care to primarily low-income men and women and those who live in underserved communities, says Kathy Kneer, CEO and president of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. For some, it’s their only source of health care.

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