Author: Leah Bartos

Confronting Child Sex Trafficking on the Central Coast

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.

Pipeline to Prison May Start with Childhood Trauma

Pediatric patients giving their health histories at the Center for Youth Wellness, a health clinic in the impoverished Bayview Hunter’s Point area of San Francisco, are asked for more than the usual details about allergies and current prescriptions.

His Aim is True

Garen Wintemute has dedicated his career to preventing firearm deaths—a problem that has held steady at epidemic proportions in the United States for more than a decade and accounts for an average of 30,000 deaths each year.

Native American Tribes Have the Right, but Not the Resources, to Prosecute Abusers

Native American women face a 2 in 5 chance of experiencing some form of intimate partner violence in their lifetime. In most of these cases – 86 percent – the perpetrator of the violence will be non-Native. These statistics, based on federal data, reflect a rate of violence against Native American women far greater than that experienced by any other ethnic group in the U.S.

Tulare County Fights Domestic Violence on a New Front

Nestled in central California and flanked by the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, Tulare County is sometimes called the Appalachia of the West. It is home to the giant Sequoia trees; Mount Whitney towers over the county’s eastern edge. It’s also one of the most poverty-stricken regions of the state.

Study: Doctors are Primary Source of Prescription Opioids for High-Risk Users

Physicians are a leading source of prescription opioids for those at the highest risk for abuse, according new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings, published last Monday by JAMA Internal Medicine, undermine a popular belief that people who abuse narcotic pain relievers — including hydrocodone, oxycodone, and methadone — obtain them without a prescription.

Respect for Patients Drives Lyon Martin Clinic

Two patients, strangers to one another, chitchat comfortably about their pets in the waiting room of Lyon Martin Health Services in San Francisco. Another patient says that her appointment at Lyon Martin is the highlight of her day as she makes her way back to the exam room.

Ending Domestic Violence is a Group Effort

For two years, she had been trying — and failing — to get away from the violence and abuse. She worried not only about her own safety, but also the safety of her three young children. She wanted a divorce. She wanted custody. But despite her efforts, this resident of Contra Costa County faced a seemingly insurmountable challenge.

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