A plan to expand production at a pair of oil refineries bordering West Long Beach has many concerned the project will further degrade already troubling air quality. Residents, environmentalists and city leaders share their concerns in this short documentary produced by VoiceWaves. “If it harms me here, if the polluted air harms me, where can […]Read More Refinery expansion may pose more health risks for Long Beach’s poor
Sacramento farmer Chanowk Yisrael and his family have been inspiring people to understand the food system and grow their own food for a decade. Sacramento’s AccessLocal youth journalism program talked to Yisreal and a community member about the farm’s local impact. “My favorite part…of growing food and all that we do is when that one […]Read More Workshop teaches people to learn about farming
Promotoras are community health workers who can do neighborhood outreach in health education and disease prevention, specifically diabetes, chronic disease, and suicide. The nonprofit Vision y Compromiso provides training and ongoing support for promotoras, who are in a position to make meaningful change in their communities. “The community has always trusted me; they have always approached me to ask questions.” The story is on […]Read More ‘Promotoras’ for healthy living choices
The California Endowment conference, “Health Happens with Everyday Courage,” brought together celebrities and community leaders to promote community-based approaches to chronic problems like stress and trauma. Creative people and community members shared tales of resilience. “Traumatic stress, especially without the right support, is strongly associated with increases in the risks of lifelong physical and socio-emotional health problems.” Attendees spoke about the […]Read More ‘Everyday courage’ can inspire health
Saturday marked the reopening and makeover of Euclid Market in Boyle Heights. The market was transformed from a traditional corner market that sold chips, sodas and candy, to one highlighting fruits, vegetables, and other healthy snacks. The conversion was initiated by UCLA public health groups as part of a strategy to change eating habits and […]Read More Boyle Heights market gets a healthy makeover
Miguel Anda, a physician assistant, works at on-site health clinics at three different housing projects in Los Angeles. Although Anda admits servicing these communities hasn’t always been easy, he says he wouldn’t trade his job for any other. “We have a lot of patients, especially in this area, who don’t have transportation. They say they […]Read More Voices of Ramona Gardens: A medical clinic is a step away
The WeConnect resource fair last month enrolled people with little or no resources into health care programs, but also included help with tax preparation, flu shots, and free healthy food. Read all about it, on Fresno’s The Know.Read More ‘WeConnect’ in Fresno brought more than health care help
New York City’s ban on super-sized sugary drinks is in effect, and some public health advocates say soda is the new tobacco — it should be controlled, and not marketed to youth. This “Everyday Health” infogram shows us the health effects of soda. Do you think Eastern Coachella Valley should consider this kind of policy? Explore […]Read More The soda debate: What does it mean for your health?
In Long Beach, half of Khmer youth show signs of depression, one in four Khmer youth don’t know where to find testing for pregnancy or an STI (sexually transmitted infections). Young people who lead healthy lifestyles are less likely to contribute to the high truancy rates of Long Beach high schools. Wellness Centers in schools provide health education, preventative […]Read More Wellness centers coming to Long Beach
Youth in Richmond weigh in on Measure N – the sweetened beverage tax on the ballot this November. The city is a trailblazer in proposing bold policies to prevent and combat obesity and diabetes. Read more on Richmond Pulse.Read More Is the Soda Tax Missing the Point?