Public Health

Proposed Ban on Flavored Tobacco in San Francisco Expected on Ballot Next Summer

A new regulation that had been signed into law called for a ban, effective April 2018, on sales of flavored tobacco including menthol cigarettes, flavored liquid for e-cigarettes and flavored chewing tobacco. While a tobacco giant-backed group gathered enough signatures to require the ban be voted on during an upcoming election, they aren’t the only ones opposed to the ban. Lobbying is expected to be equally fierce among people opposed to the ban which includes owners of more than 900 corner stores in San Francisco.

After the Hospital, New Center Offers Shelter to the Homeless

Samuel Raymond Curtis is very familiar with hospital stays. For the past two years, the 58-year-old homeless man who suffers from problems related to a hernia has been in and out of hospitals in Ventura County more times than he can count. Each time he got treated and released back onto the streets, he said. It wasn’t long before his health started deteriorating again. “I’d

In Los Angeles’ Senior Communities, Promotoras Offer Health Guidance In Spanish

As California’s Latino population ages, promatoras are increasingly seen as a way to boost senior health in a way that honors their culture.

A promotora typically receives specialized training to provide information to residents in the Latino communities in which they live. Promotoras make house calls, go to PTA meetings and offer informal presentations in school classrooms.

Stark Disparities Persist at Centers Serving Children with Special Needs

The amount of state funding given to a child with developmental disabilities varies wildly depending on where the child lives, according to a new report by Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm. Regions with higher black and Latino populations receive lower funding than those with higher white and Asian populations, the report said.

Afraid of Law Enforcement, Immigrants in Abusive Relationships Face Safety Dilemma

Interpersonal assault victims, who already faced stigma and a culture that often blames them for their assault, now must contend with a president who himself has been accused of sexual assault. Further, President Donald Trump’s immigration policies have left many California victims who are undocumented afraid to even step foot in a courthouse or police station, for fear that they may be deported.

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