Author: Robin Urevich

Khmer group advocates school-based care for children of refugees

Khmer Girls in Action, an activist youth organization aimed at developing leadership among young men and women, wants better health care for high school students and their families, access to pregnancy testing and contraception and help with their community’s overwhelming mental health issues, which they chalk up to the torture and deprivation many of their parents experienced at the hands of the Khmer Rouge and their later life as refugees in a strange new country.

Got docs?

The Affordable Care Act aims to expand access to health insurance for low-income people. But will it also expand access to health care? Robin Urevich takes a look at a Riverside County program that’s a preview of the ACA and finds that insurance and care are not always the same thing.

This Midas had no golden touch

Methyl iodide, one of the most controversial pesticides ever sold in California, was quietly removed from the market last week. Its rise and fall is a story of opportunistic science, corporate influence peddling, and questionable regulatory decisions. But ultimately, the chemical was pulled from the shelves because farmers weren’t buying it.

Riverside County launches insurance plan for low-income families

Like the federal Affordable Care Act, the idea behind the Riverside program is that an up-front investment in consistent care will save lives and in the long run, dollars, by reducing hospital stays and emergency room visits. Chris Hernandez, an uninsured 58-year-old who said he’s been in constant pain for months, is one of the early enrollees. His story highlights the rocky road Riverside County could face as it prepares for health reform.

Court could block use of methyl iodide

An Alameda County judge is expected to rule soon on an environmental lawsuit challenging the state’s approval of a highly toxic and controversial soil fumigant that many farmers say is essential to their ability to grow strawberries and other crops.

Farmers slow to adopt new pesticide

A year after environmentalists lost a regulatory battle to keep the controversial pesticide methyl iodide off the California market, they appear to be winning the ground war against the chemical. Only six California growers have used methyl iodide—marketed as Midas—to zap soil borne pests and weeds before planting crops like chile peppers, strawberries and walnut trees.

In Los Angeles, truancy tickets hit kids of color

In Los Angeles, a change in the city’s daytime curfew law is on the City Council agenda. The law is aimed at keeping kids in school, but activists have waged a two-year battle against it, saying it’s punitive, discriminatory and counter-productive.

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