What's Your Story?
Do you have community health story to share?
KQED Public Radio's The California Report wants to hear from you. We're looking for health-related stories from underrepresented voices across California. These stories will be about you and your experiences, recorded in your own voice.
If you would like to send a story idea, or want to learn more, please contact KQED's Ryder Diaz.
The California Report | Nov 21, 2013
Project "GROW Oakland" trains young people to become chefs, and to build job skills and encourage healthy eating habits. Some youth are on probation, while others are -- or were -- in the foster care system. As part of our ongoing series of first-person health profiles called "What's Your Story?" 19-year-old Kawanzza Byrd, a former foster youth, says the program has changed the way she eats.
The California Report | Nov 13, 2013
Kaitlyn Pintor has suffered from a nerve disorder for almost a decade. A new medication has made her chronic pain more manageable - but the single mother of two has been through the wringer in recent years. As part of our ongoing series of first-person health profiles called "What's Your Story?" we catch up with Pintor as she gets horse therapy at the HoofBeats Riding School in Petaluma.
The California Report | Oct 29, 2013
Some recent immigrants avoid visits to Western doctors. Instead, they call on traditional healers who speak their language, use familiar medicinal plants, and share their cultures. As part of our ongoing series of first-person health profiles called "What?s Your Story?", we hear from Juana Gomez, a Mixteca traditional healer from Oaxaca, Mexico. Her daughter, Johanna Gomez, helps to translate her story.
The California Report | Oct 17, 2013
Andrew Jolivette was diagnosed with AIDS 11 years ago. Back then, he didn't think he could ever have a family, since it was illegal in California for HIV-positive men to donate sperm. The law changed a few years ago, but Jolivette ran into another roadblock. He explains as part of our ongoing series of first-person health profiles called "What's Your Story?"
The California Report | Sep 18, 2013
Palo Alto joins many other cities in Silicon Valley in preventing people from legally living in their cars. As part of our ongoing series of first-person health profiles called "What's Your Story?" 69-year-old Fred Smith talks about living in his RV in Palo Alto after being a software engineer for nearly 30 years.
The California Report | Aug 30, 2013
The recent news that Chelsea Manning -- formerly known as Bradley Manning -- hopes to receive hormone therapy in military prison has sparked conversations about the treatment of transgender people behind bars. As part of our ongoing series of first-person health profiles called "What's Your Story?" Janetta Johnson talks about what it was like to be a transgender woman in a men's federal prison.
The California Report | Jul 31, 2013
The unincorporated community of Mecca in Riverside County struggles with a host of environmental problems, from arsenic in the well water to toxic dump sites. For years after moving to Mecca from Mexicali, Mexico, Eduardo Guevara wasn't particularly worked up about it. But after his wife was hospitalized twice for asthma, Guevara was determined to get some answers.
The California Report | Jul 29, 2013
Twenty-one-year-old Caitlin Bryant lost her father to a heart attack in 2008. But she and her brother Mitchell grew up watching their father, Richard Lewis Bryant, battle a war within himself after returning from serving in Vietnam.
The California Report | Jul 05, 2013
Lorinda Hawkins never thought she'd end up on the street, but domestic violence shattered her world. As part of our occasional series "What's Your Story," we hear from Hawkins about how she managed to find her voice and a new life -- through theater.
The California Report | Jul 03, 2013
Many public schools are trying to create environments where at-risk students can talk through their struggles with an adult, instead of getting suspended or expelled. It's called "Restorative Justice," and the idea is to keep kids in school and off the streets. As part of our occasional series "What's Your Story," we meet Eric Butler, a Restorative Justice counselor at Ralph Bunche High School, a continuation school in West Oakland. His story was produced by Aaron Mendelson.
The California Report | Jun 25, 2013
Nora McNeill never thought she'd be a midwife. But when a friend asked for assistance with a home birth, she said she would help. Almost 40 years later, McNeill has delivered more than 1,500 babies throughout rural Northern California. Lorraine Dechter of Northstate Public Radio interviewed Nora McNeill, as part of our "What's Your Story" series.
The California Report | Jun 21, 2013
For another installment in our series, "What's Your Story?" we hear from Deborah Gilman, a registered nurse at Stanford Hospital. Her father is a 69-year-old disabled Vietnam veteran. She helped him navigate a suspected case of Medicare fraud relating to a motorized wheelchair his doctor prescribed for him. The wrong chair turned up out of the blue, from an unknown third party. That's when Gilman realized her father's account had been hijacked.
The California Report | Jun 03, 2013
Finding the right health care can be hard enough in urban areas, where poverty, lack of insurance and cultural divides create serious barriers for many people. But for rural Californians, the driving distance to services and providers is often one of the biggest challenges. As part of our first-person series "What's Your Story?" we hear from Kelly Frost of Redding.
The California Report | May 27, 2013
Mark Pinto is a San Jose State University student getting a master's degree in photography. He was also an officer for the Marine Corps during the Gulf War. As part of occasional series, "What's Your Story," we hear how Pinto is using photography to help heal trauma that resurfaced more than 20 years after the Gulf War.
The California Report | May 17, 2013
The next mayor of Los Angeles will have plenty of nitty-gritty issues to tackle -- including homelessness. Some 2,500 people are living on the streets on the infamous Skid Row. It's not the kind of place you'd expect to find clowns or balloon artists. But now a new group of volunteers is throwing birthday parties for homeless kids. As part of our occasional series "What's Your Story," Caitlin Esch introduces us to Mary Davis, who moonlights as the mascot "Skiddy Cat."
Election 2012 | Oct 12, 2012
Two California cities – Richmond in Northern California’s Contra Costa County and El Monte in Los Angeles County — have proposed a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar sweetened beverages, including sodas and energy drinks. The Community Coalition Against Beverage Taxes (funded by the American Beverage Association) has spent approximately $3.5 million to defeat the measures. The coalition argues that it’s a tax on …