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After the Hospital, New Center Offers Shelter to the Homeless

July 24, 2017
After the Hospital, New Center Offers Shelter to the Homeless Claudia Boyd-Barrett “You and I, when we leave the hospital if we were to be there for surgery or an ailment, we would go home and one of our loved ones would take care of us and we’d be able to recuperate and watch television,” said Kelly Bruno, Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Foundation. The homeless go back to the street.

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Study: Preparing for Affordable Care Act Meant Better Care for Patients in California

July 13, 2017
Study: Preparing for Affordable Care Act Meant Better Care for Patients in California By Ron Shinkman California is one of several states that prepared for health care reform for years before the Affordable Care Act rolled out in 2014. A new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research suggest that the early rollout has had some striking results.

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Proposed Medi-Cal Rules Offer Rural Residents Less Access to Specialists and Mental Health Care

July 13, 2017
Proposed Medi-Cal Rules Offer Rural Residents Less Access to Specialists and Mental Health Care By Hannah Guzik Should patients in rural California have to drive four times as far to see a neurologist as someone who lives in Los Angeles? Should your access to health care depend on your zip code?

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

June 30, 2017
In Los Angeles’ Senior Communities, Promatoras 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.

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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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