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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.

 
Stories
Native American Woman Changes Young Lives, One Dance at a Time

The California Report | Jan 15, 2014

Native American Woman Changes Young Lives, One Dance at a Time

Every Thursday night at the Intertribal Friendship House in Oakland, 19-year-old Juliet Small holds dance classes for young Native American girls. Small identifies as Apache, Navajo, Cherokee and Azteca. She went to a pow-wow when she was three years old, and hasn't stopped dancing since.

Sonoma County Group Helps Man Learn to Control Anger, Violence

The California Report | Jan 06, 2014

Sonoma County Group Helps Man Learn to Control Anger, Violence

Jon Wheeler used to have a difficult time controlling his anger in romantic relationships. As part of our occasional series of health profiles, Wheeler tells of how a group in Santa Rosa called Men Evolving Non-Violently (M.E.N.) helped him change his abusive behaviors. Now, he leads those same groups, helping other men who struggle with violent behavior.

Facing Facts and Finding Hope After Moving to a Nursing Home

The California Report | Dec 30, 2013

Facing Facts and Finding Hope After Moving to a Nursing Home

As part of our occasional series on community health, we hear from 83-year-old Phyllis Donner Wolf about what it takes to live a life of grace in a nursing home. Last spring she had to give up her apartment after she fell and broke her neck. The fall left her paralyzed and today she's in a care facility called the Jewish Home.

Project GROW Promotes Healthy Cooking and Eating in Oakland

The California Report | Nov 21, 2013

Project GROW Promotes Healthy Cooking and Eating in Oakland

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.

Woman Finds Relief From Pain in Company of Horses

The California Report | Nov 13, 2013

Woman Finds Relief From Pain in Company of Horses

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.

Traditional Mixteca Healer Tends to Workers in Central Valley

The California Report | Oct 29, 2013

Traditional Mixteca Healer Tends to Workers in Central Valley

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.

Road Block Remains in One Man's Quest to Start a Family

The California Report | Oct 17, 2013

Road Block Remains in One Man's Quest to Start a Family

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?"

Richmond Residents Weigh in on Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax

Election 2012 | Oct 12, 2012

Richmond Residents Weigh in on Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax

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 …

 

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