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In a Push for Fair Treatment, Los Angeles LGBT Center Creates New Categories for Relationship Violence

June 21, 2017
In a Push for Fair Treatment, Los Angeles LGBT Center Creates New Categories for Relationship Violence A four-category system for intimate partner violence that Susan Holt created with her colleagues at the Los Angeles LGBT Center has become a standard of practice at the non-profit, the largest provider of LGBT medical and mental health services nationwide. But Holt and her colleagues are still working to spread the word about the four categories, which, Holt believes, can be helpful for treating the wider community as well.

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Once Isolated in the Tenderloin, Seniors Find Friendship

June 19, 2017
By Claudia Boyd-Barrett A San Francisco program connects low-income seniors who have become socially isolated, have trouble connecting with others (or even leaving their homes) with companionship.

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Cuts to Federal Nutrition Assistance Could Derail Efforts to Feed Hungry Seniors

June 16, 2017
Cuts to Federal Nutrition Assistance Could Derail Efforts to Feed Hungry Seniors Claudia Boyd-Barrett Food banks and advocates for seniors are nervously eyeing a looming threat to the nutritional wellbeing of the poor, elderly and disabled: a proposed $193 billion cut to federal funding for SNAP over the next 10 years. The cuts to the program, which was once called food stamps and goes by the name CalFresh in California, were proposed as part of President Trump’s 2018 budget.  

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Spurred by Lack of Mental Health Therapists in Rural Central California, Researchers Make House Calls to Seniors

May 30, 2017
Spurred by Lack of Mental Health Therapists in Rural Central California, Researchers Make House Calls to Seniors By Lisa Renner People who live in rural areas suffer from higher than average rates of depression, an illness that can have a devastating effect on older adults. Yet California's rural areas suffer from a shortage of mental health professionals, leaving seniors with few options for treatment.

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Stark Disparities Persist at Centers Serving Children with Special Needs

May 26, 2017
Stark Disparities Persist at Centers Serving Children with Special Needs By Lisa Renner 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.

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

May 22, 2017
Afraid of Law Enforcement, Immigrants in Abusive Relationships Face Safety Dilemma By Hannah Guzik 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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Mapping Effort Spotlights Extent of Hepatitis C Pandemic in California

May 19, 2017
Mapping Effort Spotlights Extent of Hepatitis C Pandemic in California Hepatitis C kills more people in the United States each year than any other infectious disease, yet few people realize how widespread the virus is or know what areas of the country are most impacted.

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Cuts to Medicaid Could Thwart California’s Plans for Universal Health Care

May 19, 2017
Cuts to Medicaid Could Thwart California’s Plans for Universal Health Care By Lisa Renner As Republicans work to dismantle the national Affordable Care Act, a bill to create universal health care coverage in California continues to wind its way through the legislature.

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Slashing Payments to Planned Parenthood Will Limit Access to Care in Central Valley

May 16, 2017
Slashing Payments to Planned Parenthood Will Limit Access to Care in Central Valley By Linda Childers Planned Parenthood is a major provider of reproductive health care to primarily low-income men and women and those who live in underserved communities, says Kathy Kneer, CEO and president of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. For some, it’s their only source of health care.

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Do No Harm: Why Bail Reform Matters to A Physician

May 15, 2017
Do No Harm: Why Bail Reform Matters to A Physician By Lello Tesema Each year, an estimated 1,000 people die while incarcerated in local jails, and a majority are being held pre-trial. 

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