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Driven By High Asthma Rates, Central Valley Tries to Improve Indoor Air Quality

March 23, 2017
Driven By High Asthma Rates, Central Valley Tries to Improve Indoor Air Quality Launched in 2013, the Asthma Impact Model, focuses on helping low-income families in the Central Valley better manage their children’s asthma, thus avoiding ER visits. The program was designed by the Central California Asthma Collaborative and Clinica Sierra Vista, a Fresno health clinic.

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Aiming to Reduce Absences, A Fresno School Puts a Health Clinic on Campus

March 20, 2017
Aiming to Reduce Absences, A Fresno School Puts a Health Clinic on Campus To combat high absentee rates, a Fresno middle school has put a health clinic on campus. It’s a full-blown clinic, which features primary-care services, pediatric care and immunizations. The school district said during a board meeting last year that the free clinics would be paid for by health providers and federal subsidies.

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San Francisco Gets Dignified: No More Tin Cup

February 13, 2017
San Francisco Gets Dignified: No More Tin Cup In November, The Dignity Fund supporters claimed victory when San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approved a unique cash infusion for aging and disability services inspired by similar efforts a quarter century ago to benefit kids: The Children’s Fund.

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California Moves to Resist Trump Administration Actions on Immigration

January 31, 2017
California Moves to Resist Trump Administration Actions on Immigration If Trump tries to follow through on his many threats—like deporting up to 3 million immigrants, building a massive border wall, scrapping environmental regulation, repealing the Affordable Care Act or rolling back civil rights—the Golden State is ready to resist.

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Food Allergies Impose an Additional Burden on California Families Struggling to Make Ends Meet

January 19, 2017
Food Allergies Impose an Additional Burden on California Families Struggling to Make Ends Meet Coping with food allergies can be daunting for any family, but, due to the extra labor and grocery costs, they often hit low-income families hardest.

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Marked Racial Disparities in Money Spent to Help Disabled

December 12, 2016
Marked Racial Disparities in Money Spent to Help Disabled

 

By Chris Richard

Four years after California legislators vowed to eliminate racially and ethnically-linked disparities in spending on services to the developmentally disabled, funding gaps persist, records show.

The state’s 21 “regional centers,” nonprofit organizations tasked with providing services for people with developmental disabilities, consistently spend less on Latinos than on whites, African-Americans or Asians.

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Dismal Dental Care Access for Low-Income Californians Prompts Counties and the State to Test Drive Solutions

October 17, 2016
Dismal Dental Care Access for Low-Income Californians Prompts Counties and the State to Test Drive Solutions

By Lynn Graebner

One third of California residents and half of the state’s children qualify for Denti-Cal, the state’s Medi-Cal dental program. So leaders in counties like Santa Cruz, where 82 percent of the dentists don’t take Denti-Cal, are seeking new ways to serve this long-suffering low-income population.

“Most California dentists want nothing to do with Denti-Cal,” stated an April report by the Little Hoover Commission, an independent state oversight agency.

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Not One Size Fits All, Researchers Find In Project to Reduce Disparities

October 10, 2016
Not One Size Fits All, Researchers Find In Project to Reduce Disparities

“I know one of the things that we found out when we were doing the research is Native agencies are tired of getting one-time money to do something that does great things in community, but then it’s gone, and so are the positive outcomes,” said Janet King, program manager of policy and advocacy at the Native American Health Center in the Bay Area.

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Addiction Treatment Changes Following Pressure from New Federal Rules

October 3, 2016
Addiction Treatment Changes Following Pressure from New Federal Rules

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By Robin Urevich

Drug treatment professionals have long preached abstinence from all drugs—including medication aimed at managing addiction. But those who oppose medication-assisted treatment must face an inconvenient truth, say addiction medicine specialists like Richard Rawson, a psychologist who recently retired as co-director of the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Program: Scientific studies show medication saves lives.

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Action Against Merger Tied to Affordability, Quality of Health Care

September 13, 2016
Action Against Merger Tied to Affordability, Quality of Health Care

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By Robin Urevich

The biggest merger in the history of the health insurance industry is on shaky ground. In June, the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit to block the $54 billion Anthem-Cigna merger, as well as a similar bid by Aetna to acquire Humana.

Nationally, the two mergers would shrink the nation’s five big insurers to three.

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