Opinion

Most Homeless People Are Sober, But I Wasn’t

Four out of every five homeless people are sober. Drugs are one reason why many people end up homeless, but they aren’t the only one.

Whenever I tell my story, people are always amazed at how easy it is to unravel a seemingly secure life.

California’s Budget Should Support Efforts to End Domestic Violence

With the constant stream of tragedies stemming from domestic violence people often ask, “What could have been done to prevent this from happening?”  The reality is that a staggering 5.78 million Californians experience domestic violence every year. Domestic violence homicides in public places put entire communities at risk of harm. And yet, we know much can be done to prevent these deaths which devastate families and communities.

Are We Asking the Wrong Question About Medi-Cal?

Health care advocates are always working on ways to make sure Medicaid is around to help people living in poverty. This is a good thing, but I also think it’s important to ask: Why do so many people require Medicaid? Why are so many people living and working in poverty? Why are we not working on more ways to lift people out of destitution?

Doctor’s Notes: These Children Don’t Need to Die

Children living in high poverty neighborhoods—a disproportionate number of whom are children of color—are more likely to die from child abuse.

My patients in my clinic in South Los Angeles are children from high poverty areas. However, regardless of where they practice, pediatricians have a critical role in the recognition and prevention of child abuse.

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