Asthma as a Disability: A Family’s Struggle With Chronic Illness

A young mother’s struggle with asthma and chronic migraines is a perfect illustration of the two-way street between life stress, such as homelessness, and physical health. Preservation of the healthcare services she accesses through the Affordable Care Act are key to that equation.  “It’s either pay rent or pay for medicine. Get food or pay for medicine.” Listen to her story at […]

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Merced residents say more resources needed for substance abuse recovery

The rate of substance abuse and overdose deaths in Merced County are soaring. But there is no local overnight detox center and few other resources are available for addicts seeking recover. “There’s just not a lot of understanding or empathy in the community. There’s still a big stigma and criminalization of addicts.” Read more at […]

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Growing up in a health desert

Not only is there no hospital in Thermal, Ca., there are very few Spanish-speaking physicians to serve the needs of the growing Latino population. One young resident has taken this as inspiration to become a doctor. “Recently I shadowed a doctor in Coachella who grew up in our community and speaks Spanish. I was surprised when I […]

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