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In Los Angeles’ Senior Communities, Promatoras Offer Health Guidance In Spanish

June 30, 2017
In Los Angeles’ Senior Communities, Promatoras Offer Health Guidance In Spanish As California’s Latino population ages, promatoras are increasingly seen as a way to boost senior health in a way that honors their culture. A promotora typically receives specialized training to provide information to residents in the Latino communities in which they live. Promotoras make house calls, go to PTA meetings and offer informal presentations in school classrooms.

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Senate Health Bill Would Risk Health Coverage for Half of California Children

June 27, 2017
Senate Health Bill Would Risk Health Coverage for Half of California Children By Hannah Guzik  If the Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act becomes law, more than 5 million California children would be at risk of losing health coverage and some of the state’s hospitals may not be able to keep their doors open, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday.

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Health Care Bill Will Hurt Low-Income People of Color and Children, Advocates Say

June 26, 2017
Health Care Bill Will Hurt Low-Income People of Color and Children, Advocates Say By Lisa Renner Minorities would be particularly affected. According to the Medi-Cal Monthly Enrollment Fast Facts report in January, 48 percent of Medi-Cal recipients are Hispanic, 13 percent are Asian/Pacific Islander and 8 percent are African-American. Twenty percent are white and 12 percent didn’t report a race.  

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In a Push for Fair Treatment, Los Angeles LGBT Center Creates New Categories for Relationship Violence

June 21, 2017
In a Push for Fair Treatment, Los Angeles LGBT Center Creates New Categories for Relationship Violence A four-category system for intimate partner violence that Susan Holt created with her colleagues at the Los Angeles LGBT Center has become a standard of practice at the non-profit, the largest provider of LGBT medical and mental health services nationwide. But Holt and her colleagues are still working to spread the word about the four categories, which, Holt believes, can be helpful for treating the wider community as well.

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California Needs Palliative Care Standards, and This is a Start

June 20, 2017
California Needs Palliative Care Standards, and This is a Start In California, we need to begin creating and implementing standards for palliative care sooner rather than later, due in part to a new state law. SB 1004, approved by the California legislature in 2014, requires the state’s low-income health plan, Medi-Cal, to provide access to palliative care services.

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For Students Who Don’t Eat Breakfast at Home, California Takes a New Approach

June 20, 2017
For Students Who Don’t Eat Breakfast at Home, California Takes a New Approach By Fran Kritz Nora Barich, a kindergarten teacher at Hoover Elementary said that in past years many teachers gave out morning snacks every day, which they bought with their own money, “but I haven't had to provide morning snacks since we started the [new] breakfast program.”

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Once Isolated in the Tenderloin, Seniors Find Friendship

June 19, 2017
By Claudia Boyd-Barrett A San Francisco program connects low-income seniors who have become socially isolated, have trouble connecting with others (or even leaving their homes) with companionship.

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Cuts to Federal Nutrition Assistance Could Derail Efforts to Feed Hungry Seniors

June 16, 2017
Cuts to Federal Nutrition Assistance Could Derail Efforts to Feed Hungry Seniors Claudia Boyd-Barrett Food banks and advocates for seniors are nervously eyeing a looming threat to the nutritional wellbeing of the poor, elderly and disabled: a proposed $193 billion cut to federal funding for SNAP over the next 10 years. The cuts to the program, which was once called food stamps and goes by the name CalFresh in California, were proposed as part of President Trump’s 2018 budget.  

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Aging Veterans Reluctant to Apply for Aid to Help them Stay in Their Homes

June 15, 2017
Aging Veterans Reluctant to Apply for Aid to Help them Stay in Their Homes By Lisa Renner Aid and Assistance, a benefit for low-income veterans and their survivors, is underused, according to veteran service officers. Though there are 21 million vets nationwide, only 116,000 veterans and 126,500 survivors participate in Aid and Assistance.

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In a City with Soaring Housing Costs, a Senior Center Keeps Elders in the Neighborhood

June 14, 2017
By Veronica Moscoso Realizing a one doctor's dream, a combined housing and senior services center serves one of San Francisco's historically African American neighborhoods. 

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