Recent Posts from State of Health
California faces health care challenges seen across the country: soaring costs, increasing chronic illness and a high rate of uninsured. At a time of intense focus on reform, State of Health explores these issues and more, bringing you stories of challenge and change in the Golden State. The blog is edited by Lisa Aliferis.
Community Health | Dec 12, 2013
Posted by Lisa Aliferis
When people think of climate change, they tend to think of it as a science and environmental issue. But climbing levels of
greenhouse gases, particulate matter, and rising seas hurts more than the environment. It harms people's health, too.
“Climate change is one of greatest public health threats of our time," said Anne Kelsey Lamb of Oakland's Public Health Institute.
Obamacare | Dec 12, 2013
Posted by Lisa Aliferis
Q: I have been on the Covered California website and the calculator asks for family size, which I presume means the taxpayer
plus number of dependents claimed on federal tax forms. If a consumer claims non-child family members (like aging parents)
do they count as part of family size?
A: What’s a family? In our shifting social landscape, it could be a single-parent household, a domestic partnership, a same-sex
marriage, an unwed cohabitating couple and more.
But when it comes to Obamacare, as Rich from Santa Ana notes, it’s all about taxes.
Recent Posts from ouRXperience
ouRXperience is a blog chronicling health in neighborhoods and communities across California. Our citizen correspondents are our eyes and ears on the ground, so we can form a more complete understanding of just what state our health is in.
Wilmington | Jul 23, 2012
Posted by Anabell Romero
“Good morning!” says Silvia Cruz as she greets women who enter her nutrition center.
“It’s five dollars for a shake and the zumba class, or three dollars for the zumba class only,” she says as she’s collecting
the money and putting it into a metal box.
Five years ago when Cruz and her husband Roberto Garcia came to the United States, they never imagined they would have their
own business. The couple has been married for 25 years. After living a comfortable and stable life in Mexico, Roberto abruptly
lost his job.
San Bernardino | Jun 13, 2012
Posted by Bobbi Albano
Although they are difficult to count, Terrance Stone, CEO of Young Visionaries homeless youth shelter estimates there are
25,000 homeless kids in San Bernardino County at any given time. The California Homeless Youth Project agrees. "Homeless youth
are highly mobile and often try hard to avoid detection and contact with adults. ... This means they are often not counted
during annual homeless surveys." During 2008-09, 81,000 services were provided by federally-funded runaway and homeless youth
programs in California. While these services ranged from beds to street outreach contacts, it isn't known how many homeless
kids received no services.
There are only two shelters in San Bernardino County for kids who have run away from home, have been kicked out or are living
on the streets. Young Visionaries, which has space available to house just four children at any time, is located in the city
of San Bernardino. The other shelter, Our House, is in Redlands and has room for twelve homeless youth.
Health Dialogues Archive
Are California hospitals reporting medical mistakes and infections accurately - or at all? Learn about efforts to reduce these risks, and find out what officials and consumers can do to safeguard against medical mistakes.
This month, Health Dialogues explores what experts call "disordered eating." We look at the causes and effects of abnormal eating patterns, from the less severe to classic eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.
In January 2011, a demographic tsunami will hit Medicare as Baby Boomers start turning 65 and become eligible for federal health care benefits. Are there enough doctors to meet the demand for care? Is Medicare ready for the Boomers?
Health Dialogues takes a look at successes and unmet needs in treating mental illness - from adolescents to veterans, in rural and urban areas. We also check in on the effects of Proposition 63, the state's mental health services act.