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New Solutions for Long-Standing Drinking Water Pollution in Central Valley

February 5, 2017
New Solutions for Long-Standing Drinking Water Pollution in Central Valley

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By Robin Urevich

Millions of Californians depend on a polluted water supply, but in the vast majority of places, the contamination is removed, and clean fresh water flows into homes, schools and businesses. Not so for as many as 160,000 people who regularly get doses of arsenic, nitrates, industrial solvents or bacterial contamination as they drink, cook and bathe.

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PrEP Awareness Programs Aim to Reduce Disparities in New HIV Infections

January 15, 2017

By Linda Childers

Although one of the most powerful biomedical drugs in the fight against HIV/AIDS has been available for the past four years, California health officials say the disease continues to disproportionately affect populations including Black and Latino gay and bisexual men, black women and transgender women.

Truvada, a prescription drug used for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the practice of using antiviral medication to prevent HIV infection, is considered by many health officials to be the most effective method in reducing HIV transmission.

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What’s in Your Shopping Cart?

December 18, 2016
What’s in Your Shopping Cart?

Luis Gregorio Ruiz and Dr. Maureen Villasenor discuss his purchases in an Anaheim grocery store. Photo: Jazley Faith Sendjaja

Turning Around Orange County’s Persistent Disparities

By Amy DePaul

Having just bought a dozen or so quart-bottles of sports drinks – a riot of reds, yellows and blues wedged in the front of his shopping cart — Luis Gregorio Ruiz almost made it out of an Anaheim grocery store on a recent morning.

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L.A. Metro Moving Bar on Health

December 12, 2016
L.A. Metro Moving Bar on Health

By Jessica Portner

On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, a mass of people were bunched up together on an L.A. Metro Rail red line train that rumbled underground towards Downtown L.A. from Hollywood. Kids wriggled in strollers, an elderly man played the Los Angeles Times crossword, a couple held hands while clutching their coffee cups, and a sleepy passenger woke up and scurried out of the train car after the conductor announced the station stop.

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LA County Launches Initiative to Reduce Screen Time and Increase Exercise for Kids Five and Under

October 25, 2016
LA County Launches Initiative to Reduce Screen Time and Increase Exercise for Kids Five and Under

By Fran Kritz

Los Angeles County has launched an ambitious initiative to reduce screen time and increase exercise among children five and under.

The county’s Department of Public Health is placing ads in public transit stations, in movie theaters and online showing tots and parents engaging in fun activities such as jumping and playing indoor basketball.

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Tea Dance

October 14, 2016

Tea Dance from California Health Report on Vimeo.

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Outreach to At-Risk Communities Crucial to Diabetes Prevention

September 26, 2016
Outreach to At-Risk Communities Crucial to Diabetes Prevention By Linda Childers At the senior center in Kerman, Calif., Rosendo Iniguez demonstrates how to cook a more healthful version of empanadas. Although such traditional Latino dishes are typically high in calories, fat and carbs, Iniguez is showing how diabetics can create healthier versions by making simple substitutions.

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GirlTrek Helps African-American Women Find Better Health

September 19, 2016
GirlTrek Helps African-American Women Find Better Health By Linda Childers When Kendria McKnight of Elk Grove, Calif., first started walking for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, five days a week, she hoped to lower her blood pressure. She did that and much more. McKnight’s treks became part of a free national movement designed to improve the health of black women across the country one step at a time.

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Safe Parking Programs Offer a Respite for the Homeless

August 30, 2016
Safe Parking Programs Offer a Respite for the Homeless By Lily Dayton An hour before sunset, a Neapolitan-striped RV lurches into the church parking lot near a wooded area on the Monterey Peninsula. A 65-year-old woman named Irene Evers Elisabeth guides the hulking vehicle into a parking space; her dog Buster rides shotgun. They’ll sleep here tonight, like they have for the past month—the first month in years when Elisabeth hasn’t had to worry about waking in the night to a police officer pounding at her camper door, shining a flashlight in her windows and ordering her to move on.  

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Farmworkers Fight For Overtime Pay and Better Working Conditions

August 11, 2016
Farmworkers Fight For Overtime Pay and Better Working Conditions By Hannah Guzik The sun has just nosed above the horizon when Maria Espinosa (not her real name) ties a bandana over her face to protect herself from pesticides and dust, and reaches for a blackberry bush. Paid by the amount of berries she picks plus a $3-per-hour wage, Espinosa works feverishly for 10 hours, stopping only briefly for short breaks and lunch. For that day in early May, Espinosa would receive no overtime pay.

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