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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 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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Do No Harm: Why Bail Reform Matters to A Physician

May 15, 2017
Do No Harm: Why Bail Reform Matters to A Physician By Lello Tesema Each year, an estimated 1,000 people die while incarcerated in local jails, and a majority are being held pre-trial. 

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Counties to Try Out an Electronic Registry for End-of-Life Wishes

May 15, 2017
Counties to Try Out an Electronic Registry for End-of-Life Wishes By Jessica Portner “It’s a beautiful thing when you’ve resuscitated someone and you get them back,” says paramedic Henry Ledo, “but if you can do anything for anyone in their life, it’s at least to respect their wishes.”

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Immigrant Communities Are Prepping Children in Case Parents Don’t Come Home

May 11, 2017
Immigrant Communities Are Prepping Children in Case Parents Don’t Come Home By Marty Graham Mixed-immigration status families here are feverishly planning in the event that they are divided by deportations. The most common of many scenarios is that undocumented parents could be deported, leaving their children who are U.S. citizens behind.

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How Children Are Swept Up in California’s Opioid Crisis

May 9, 2017
How Children Are Swept Up in California’s Opioid Crisis By Derek Walter Doctors across the state say that in addition to treating more babies who are born with an addiction, they’re seeing an increase in children and teens who are addicted to opiates, a class of highly-addictive drugs.

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