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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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Ventura County Tries An Alternative to Juvenile Hall

March 12, 2017
Ventura County Tries An Alternative to Juvenile Hall For youths on probation, the club is an Evening Reporting Center, which provides an alternative to juvenile hall. Those assigned to the center by the Ventura County Probation Agency must attend the Boys & Girls Club’s Teen Center every day after school, usually for between 20 and 45 days.

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With Legalization of Marijuana, Health Teachers Struggle to Find Right Tone

March 6, 2017
With Legalization of Marijuana, Health Teachers Struggle to Find Right Tone Californians voted to legalize adult use of marijuana last November, but the change in law has introduced a quandary for health educators who teach teens about drug use.

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How California Schools Are Bringing Mindfulness Into the Classroom

February 27, 2017
How California Schools Are Bringing Mindfulness Into the Classroom At Florence Griffith Joyner, the teachers have been trained as part of a UCLA program called Calm Classroom. Kate Sheehan, the managing director of the UCLA Center for Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support (CARES), said that parents and teachers have reported that the program is making a difference in student behavior. She said more empirical research is needed, but anecdotally she’s found many once skeptical teachers won over.

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New Report Finds Children at a Higher Risk of Lead Exposure in Several California Cities

February 18, 2017
New Report Finds Children at a Higher Risk of Lead Exposure in Several California Cities In several neighborhoods across California, many children face an invisible health threat: lead poisoning. Found in paint dust from homes and apartments built before 1978, long-term exposure to lead has been shown by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to cause health problems ranging from anemia to learning disabilities.

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State Budget Constraints Lead to Delays in Two California Health Programs

February 18, 2017
Two California programs that were expected to roll out this year — one for children with special needs and one for low-income people seeking palliative care — are now scheduled to be delayed due to state budget constraints.

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California Children’s Advocates Fight Against Repeal of ACA

January 31, 2017
As Congress continues to debate repealing the Affordable Care Act, California advocates are speaking up about what the legislative action could mean for the state’s children.

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Ventura Program Aims to Break the Cycle of Homelessness by Intervening Early

January 31, 2017
Ventura Program Aims to Break the Cycle of Homelessness by Intervening Early At Step Up Ventura, outreach workers are trying to address homelessness’ impact on children by intervening as early as possible. Each week, a two-person team visits with homeless families living in shelters or transitional living facilities and who have children ages 0 to 5.

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Immigrant Community Pushes Back Against Fossil-Fuel Polluting Power Plant

January 25, 2017
Immigrant Community Pushes Back Against Fossil-Fuel Polluting Power Plant The largely Latino, immigrant and working-class community of Oxnard is fighting a proposal to build a fourth power plant in the city.

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