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A Shifting America: Latinos and a Health Equity-Centered Approach to Juvenile Justice
Dec 16, 2014 |

A Shifting America: Latinos and a Health Equity-Centered Approach to Juvenile Justice

Nestled in California’s lush central coast is the small community of East Salinas, in Monterey County, where I live and raise my children. This region, like many others, is reeling from a history of trauma, inflicted by systemic violence and racism...
[Voicewaves] Youth Football Coaches Tackle Violence Issue Head On
Dec 16, 2014 |

[Voicewaves] Youth Football Coaches Tackle Violence Issue Head On

The latest accusation of domestic abuse perpetrated by a professional athlete surfaced last month, when a doctor reported that NBA player Dwight Howard used “excessive force” while physically disciplining his 6-year old son. It was the fifth major story to come out this year about a pro athlete allegedly abusing someone close to them. National Football League players Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice and Greg Hardy, and MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver, have all been in the spotlight, igniting conversations across the nation about whether high-contact sports cultivate a culture of violence. In Long Beach, a town with a long history of sending prep athletes on to pro stardom, some local football coaches are choosing to address the violence issue directly; chipping away at what they describe as a culture of aggression in the sport. And they are starting young. - See more at: http://voicewaves.org/2014/12/youth-football-coaches-tackle-violence-issue-head-on/#sthash.6f9EJgG1.dpuf
[Coachella Unincorporated] Police Relations — Not Just a Black, Urban Issue
Dec 16, 2014 |

[Coachella Unincorporated] Police Relations — Not Just a Black, Urban Issue

When President Obama proposed his $263-million spending package to expand the use of body cameras on officers and other efforts to improve community-police relations last Monday, he noted that “simmering distrust” of law enforcement is not unique to Ferguson, but present in communities of color across the nation. Yet on the whole, discussions of police misconduct in mainstream and social media outlets have reduced it to a black and white, and decidedly urban issue – African Americans on one side, white officers on the other. New America Media asked youth reporters in rural, and predominantly Latino, areas of California to survey people in their community about how they perceive local law enforcement.
[Entrepeneur] How the First Lady Helped Small Grocery Businesses Reduce 'Food Deserts' in California
Dec 16, 2014 |

[Entrepeneur] How the First Lady Helped Small Grocery Businesses Reduce 'Food Deserts' in California

Making the investment case for bringing healthy food to low-income communities was none other than the First Lady. And inner-city grocery businesses and their customers are benefitting in a big way. Michelle Obama announced the California FreshWorks fund in 2011, highlighting the need for financing inner-city grocery markets in order to bring affordable, healthy options to “food deserts” -- urban areas where it can be difficult to acquire find fresh food and produce. With transportation hurdles and higher prices for fresh food, these low-income areas not coincidentally have higher rates of obesity, diabetes and other diet-related health issues. Within months of Mrs. Obama’s endorsement, the FreshWorks fund had raised $220 million in capital and is now up to $272 million -- well above its initial target.
[The California Health Report] Interview with Dr. Ashby Wolfe
Dec 16, 2014 |

[The California Health Report] Interview with Dr. Ashby Wolfe

California Health Report Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Weintraub interviews Dr. Ashby Wolfe. Wolfe is an expert on the connection between land use policy and health. She has a family practice in Oakland and also works to advocate for policy changes that promote community health.
Dec 16, 2014 |

Open Letter to Diana Dooley

Dear Madam Secretary, On behalf of our Board and staff at the California Endowment, we offer congratulations to you and Governor Brown on the occasion of the recent national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board. We recognize that...
Dec 15, 2014 |

Statement: Dr. Robert K. Ross, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of The California Endowment on ending his term as a Covered California Board Member

Los Angeles – The California Endowment released the following statement from Dr. Robert K. Ross, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of The California Endowment, in regards to Dr. Ross ending his term on the Covered California Board of Directors. Effective...
[California Healthline] Feds Push Exchange Enrollment Ahead of ACA's Dec. 15 Deadline
Dec 15, 2014 |

[California Healthline] Feds Push Exchange Enrollment Ahead of ACA's Dec. 15 Deadline

The Obama administration is encouraging individuals looking to enroll or re-enroll in health plans to visit HealthCare.gov by the end of Monday to enroll in coverage that begins Jan. 1, 2015, Politico reports. According to Politico, the deadline to enroll in coverage beginning in January ends at midnight PST on Monday (Pradhan, Politico, 12/12). According to CQ HealthBeat, individuals who sign up for coverage later this month will have benefits beginning Feb. 1, 2015, while those who sign up by the final deadline on Feb. 15, 2015, will start receiving benefits on March 1, 2015. As of Friday, roughly 1.4 million individuals had enrolled or re-enrolled in coverage through the exchange, CQ HealthBeat reports. Returning customers accounted for about 52% of those individuals, while consumers who have re-enrolled since November represent about 11% of the 6.7 million people who were enrolled in an exchange plan as of October (Adams, CQ HealthBeat, 12/12).
[San Jose Mercury News] California health insurance exchange aims to increase Latino enrollment
Dec 15, 2014 |

[San Jose Mercury News] California health insurance exchange aims to increase Latino enrollment

Twice a day, San Jose insurance agent Ruben Villanueva offers KZSF-AM La Kaliente's Latino listeners tips about consumer finance and all kinds of insurance. This month, he's been reminding his Bay Area-wide audience that Californians need to sign up for health coverage by midnight Monday if they want to be insured on Jan. 1. It's a tough sell. "It's not that easy to get them interested and excited and motivated about something like this," Villanueva said. Many low-income Latinos say they're just scraping by and can't afford health insurance while others fear that signing up could alert immigration authorities to the undocumented family members who live with them. And some Latinos seem hesitant to enroll after seeing last month's uproar when President Barack Obama announced his controversial plan to give temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants.
An Example of Effecting Change Through Community, Movement Building and Scaling Up
Dec 15, 2014 |

An Example of Effecting Change Through Community, Movement Building and Scaling Up

Low-income people in this country are mired in a constant and unremitting fog of stress. This chronic stress is driven by housing insecurity, food insecurity, fear of crime, unemployment, exposure to pollution and poor education, often collectively conceptualized as the social determinants of health. The buffers against this chronic stress are family support, social connectedness, meaningful opportunity, and a sense of purpose and belonging. The chronic stress is directly controlled by policy and politics, meaning that this situation is largely manmade and thus can be unmade.
[Los Angeles Times] New Obamacare enrollment in California nears 49,000
Dec 11, 2014 |

[Los Angeles Times] New Obamacare enrollment in California nears 49,000

California's insurance exchange said 48,950 new people signed up for Obamacare coverage during the first three weeks of open enrollment. The latest figures span Nov. 15 to Dec. 3, and state officials said about 160,000 people have also applied for Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for low-income residents. "The pace of enrollment is very strong," said Peter Lee, executive director of the Covered California exchange. For comparison, when enrollment under the Affordable Care Act began in October 2013, California signed up about 31,000 people during the entire month. The state finished with about 1.2 million people enrolled in private healthcare plans after a surge of applicants in March and April.
[Orange County Register] Obamacare, Year One: Health care plan's impact on California is dramatic
Dec 10, 2014 |

[Orange County Register] Obamacare, Year One: Health care plan's impact on California is dramatic

Gail Fulbeck, 64, relies on her body for work. She hauls soda, energy drinks, snacks and water to the 23 vending machines she owns around downtown Sacramento. The physical demands of her job, coupled with her husband’s history of migraines and bad knees, make health insurance essential. Last year, Fulbeck and her husband paid a monthly insurance premium of $2,555. Starting Jan. 1 of this year, the couple’s premium for a nearly identical plan totaled $165. It was, she said, almost unbelievable. Fulbeck is a standout beneficiary of the 2010 federal Affordable Care Act. It slashed her costs with income tax credits, and by setting up a competition for her premiums among insurers through Covered California, the state’s new insurance marketplace. Although few Californians have seen their finances improve so sharply – some saw their premiums increase – Fulbeck’s example is a window on the ACA’s dramatic effects in the state.
[Huffington Post] Grand Theft Auto V and the Culture of Violence Against Women
Dec 10, 2014 |

[Huffington Post] Grand Theft Auto V and the Culture of Violence Against Women

Coming to you, right in time for Christmas, is Grand Theft Auto V. It is a continuation of the violence and sexual denigration of women offered in the previous versions of the Grand Theft Auto games. But, now, taken one step further as the acts of gender-based violence can be played out in first person. In GTA V, a gamer can purchase a woman (or is she a girl?) to perform a menu of different sexual acts that he experiences in first person. After purchasing the woman/girl, the gamer can choose to kill her -- and actually is incentivized to kill her to get his money back. At present, GTA V is one of the most popular and money making video games. If Cambodia, India, or Nigeria produced such a video game, there would be global outrage. It would serve as unequivocal evidence of their misogynistic cultures in which women and girls are systemically raped and murdered with impunity. We would critique the ways in which their cultures and values are organized around the normalization of gendered violence.
[California Healthline] California Medical Schools Lack Policy for Undocumented Applicants
Dec 10, 2014 |

[California Healthline] California Medical Schools Lack Policy for Undocumented Applicants

California universities do not have a formal policy for admitting undocumented immigrants into graduate medical school programs, but more are beginning to accept such applicants, The Atlantic reports.
[San Jose Mercury News] Editorial: Affordable Care Act is lowering medical cost increases
Dec 10, 2014 |

[San Jose Mercury News] Editorial: Affordable Care Act is lowering medical cost increases

As Republicans in Congress gear up in January for their most aggressive attack yet on President Obama's health care reforms, here's something they probably won't mention: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced last week that U.S. health care spending grew just 3.6 percent in 2013. That's the slowest growth rate on record since 1960, and the fifth straight year of low health spending growth. It's also less than than half the average annual increase during President George W. Bush's eight years in office. The Affordable Care Act isn't the whole reason. Continued recovery from the recession helps. But the drop in health insurance premium growth from 4 percent in 2012 to 2.8 percent last year indicates the president's reforms are working as planned. That's just one measure of success. Here's another: The number of uninsured Americans has dropped from 21 percent to 13 percent of the population in just the past year. And that's before the upcoming enrollment period, when more citizens are expected to join the insured. In California, alone, 3.4 million people who didn't have health insurance before sign-ups last fall are now covered.
[KCET] Addressing South L.A.'s Slum Housing and Indoor Air Pollution
Dec 10, 2014 |

[KCET] Addressing South L.A.'s Slum Housing and Indoor Air Pollution

As a parent, the last thing you expect is for your child to fall ill from the treatment used to treat pest infestations. Sadly, this is the reality for many South Los Angeles families who are living in slum housing conditions. Slum housing is especially prone to infestations because neglected buildings create an ideal home for pests by allowing entry through decrepit walls and providing much needed water and humidity due to leaking plumbing. In fact, it is the lack of upkeep, not the cleanliness or habits of tenants, that is primarily responsible for pest infestations in slum housing. Unfortunately, the improper remediation of pest infestations caused by slum housing conditions compound the unhealthy living environment for tenants, who make up 69% of the population in South Los Angeles. Fumigation by landlords in attempts to control pest infestations of cockroaches, bedbugs, and other vermin directly contribute to indoor air pollution. While the pests themselves pose health threats through bites and disease spread, the toxins in pesticides exacerbate health conditions like asthma and are themselves a threat to good health. Almost a third of South Los Angeles residents are under the age of 18, and poor indoor air quality from slum housing conditions results in significant impacts on the development of children's lungs and respiratory systems and is a critical public health issue.
[Politicus USA] Obamacare Is Working: Millions More Are Insured Than A Year Ago
Dec 10, 2014 |

[Politicus USA] Obamacare Is Working: Millions More Are Insured Than A Year Ago

The Urban Institute’s latest Health Reform Monitoring Survey, released on December 3rd, shows that Obamacare is working. The survey finds that the number of uninsured nonelderly American adults fell by over 10 million between September 2013 and September 2014. That figure represents over a 30 percent decrease in the number of uninsured adults age 18-64, in just one year’ s time. In September 2013, an estimated 17.7 percent of Americans between the ages of 18-64 lacked health insurance. By September 2014, the percentage had fallen to just 12.4 percent of 18-64 year-olds. The gains in coverage benefited Americans across all ages, income levels, and ethnic groups. However, the most substantial improvements in coverage came for low-income Americans in states that accepted the federal Medicaid expansion. If Republican Governors in many states had not blocked Medicaid expansion, even more Americans would have health insurance coverage. The uninsured rate plummeted a staggering 36.3 percent in the states that implemented the ACA’s Medicaid expansion. By contrast, in states that rejected the Medicaid expansion, the uninsured rate dipped just 23.9 percent.
[California Healthline] Physicians in Calif., N.Y. Helping Undocumented Kids Seek Asylum
Dec 09, 2014 |

[California Healthline] Physicians in Calif., N.Y. Helping Undocumented Kids Seek Asylum

Medical-legal partnerships are forming in California and New York to help undocumented children prove that they qualify for asylum in the U.S., Kaiser Health News reports. According to KHN, to qualify for asylum, immigrants must prove that they face persecution in the country they are from based on: Membership in a social group;Nationality;Political opinions;Race; orReligion (Gold, Kaiser Health News, 12/9). About 1,532 unaccompanied adolescents applied for asylum in the U.S. from October 2013 to June of this year. Of those, 167 cases were adjudicated and 108 were granted asylum (Wasem, Congressional Research Office report, 7/30). Meanwhile, 1,252 unaccompanied children were ordered to be deported from July 18 to Oct. 7 of this year, according to the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review. However, many of those deportation orders were appealed, according to KHN.
[San Francisco Chronicle] Ed Lee commits extra funds to help undocumented immigrants
Dec 08, 2014 |

[San Francisco Chronicle] Ed Lee commits extra funds to help undocumented immigrants

Mayor Ed Lee committed an additional $1.1 million in public funds Monday to help undocumented immigrants defer deportations, get on a path to citizenship or access services such as health care as San Francisco works to implement President Obama’s recent revisions to the country’s immigration practices.
[Imperial Valley News] California among states selected by USDA for participation in the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables
Dec 08, 2014 |

[Imperial Valley News] California among states selected by USDA for participation in the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables

Today USDA announced the selection of eight states to participate in the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables, as directed by the Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill. Under the pilot, California, Connecticut, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin will be able to increase their purchases of locally-grown fruits and vegetables for their school meal programs.
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