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Campus Food Programs Aimed at Student Hunger

August 8, 2016
Campus Food Programs Aimed at Student Hunger By Fran Kritz Dozens of freshmen headed to Humboldt State University this fall will have access to something most many of their classmates take for granted: a credit card they can swipe in exchange for food.

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In this district, a third of the kids are homeless

May 9, 2016
In this district, a third of the kids are homeless

By Marty Graham

When the grant that funded Veronica Medina’s job, working with homeless students and their families, stopped coming to San Ysidro schools, she didn’t.

“I got up and came to work every day,” Medina said. “My kids and my families are counting on me and I’m not going to let them down.”

Medina began working in the San Ysidro School District’s Families First project eight years ago, connecting families with resources ranging from backpacks and blankets to healthcare and food providers.

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California’s effort to improve cancer registry signals shift to preventative care

September 14, 2015
California’s effort to improve cancer registry signals shift to preventative care

By Joshua Emerson Smith

California’s Department of Public Health is partnering with a major hospital chain to improve the way patient information is reported to the California Cancer Registry in hopes of making the data more consistent and useful to researchers and policymakers.

The cancer registry, which tracks patient data, including treatments, outcomes, medical histories and geographical information, can serve as an important tool for not only pathologists but environmental policymakers.

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Medi-Cal Computer Glitches Still Causing Problems

January 29, 2015
Medi-Cal Computer Glitches Still Causing Problems By Hannah Guzik Although the Medi-Cal enrollment system is operating significantly better than it did a year ago, the county workers expect it may take several years for it to become a truly smooth process.

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Why reducing poverty — and stress — might be the key to better health

October 13, 2014

By Daniel Weintraub

Look at the health data for just about any collection of neighborhoods in California and one thing will soon become clear: Poor people are sicker and, on average, die younger than people with higher incomes.

The medical profession, social workers and health researchers have known this for a long time.

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A Golden Idea for Senior Women Living Together

September 28, 2014
A Golden Idea for Senior Women Living Together

By Matt Perry

When Bea Arthur and her merry band of aging pranksters graced the airwaves with their “Golden Girls” sitcom a quarter century ago, they paved the way for shared senior housing that’s both fun and affordable.

And like the world-famous Red Hat Society which celebrates aging gracefully and vibrantly, expect the Golden Girls Network shared housing movement to grow rapidly in California.

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Despite progress, 250,000 Medi-Cal applicants still wait for coverage

September 23, 2014
Despite progress, 250,000 Medi-Cal applicants still wait for coverage

Andrew Skaf, 22, of Fresno said he had trouble getting treatment for cancer and endured months of anxiety while waiting for his Medi-Cal application to be processed. Photo courtesy of Andrew Skaf.

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett

Carlos Gutierrez of Berkeley thought his health care troubles were over when he received a letter from his county’s social service agency in May telling him he qualified for Medi-Cal.

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Surfing the Wave of Aging Latinos

September 15, 2014
Surfing the Wave of Aging Latinos

By Matt Perry

March marked a turning point in California’s ethnic breakdown: Latinos officially outnumbered the state’s white population.

Meanwhile, the aging Latino population is one of the fastest-growing demographics nationally, thanks to “a very high life expectancy among Hispanics,” according to noted aging researcher S. Jay Olshansky of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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The Future of Aging: Travel, Treatment, Retirement

September 2, 2014
The Future of Aging: Travel, Treatment, Retirement By Matt Perry These days, everything seems to be outsourced abroad. Jobs. Customer service. Even executive assistants. And today, so is aging – which is fast becoming very big business.

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Percentage of Newborns Breastfed in Hospital on the Rise

August 28, 2014
Percentage of Newborns Breastfed in Hospital on the Rise By Lorena Anderson More infants are exclusively consuming breast milk immediately after being born in California hospitals than before, according to a new report from the California Women, Infants, Children Association and the UC Davis Human Lactation Center.

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