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.
Living Healthy | Dec 05, 2013
Posted by Lisa Aliferis
You can relax. This is not a story about how much exercise you should be getting. (Although just writing that line made me
get up off my chair and take full advantage of my stand-up desk.)
Instead, it's a story about the power of asking -- and measuring. Kaiser Permanente ran a pilot program at four of its 15
sites and reported Thursday that patients who were asked about exercise lost slightly more weight than patients who weren't.
Obamacare | Dec 04, 2013
Posted by state of health
Anthem Blue Cross had 1,591 people use Covered California to get subsidies and sign up for its health plans in October.
Valley Health Plan had five.
That data point's taken from a Covered California release that offers some of the first insight into the makeup of early enrollees
through the exchange and which plans they're picking. And while it's hardly fair to directly compare the two issuers -- Anthem
has a presence in all 19 of Covered California's regions, whereas Valley is only offering plans in Santa Clara County -- the
contrast is eye-catching.
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.