Worries among physicians and public health officials about the numbers of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children have prompted Senate Bill 277, which would end the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to opt out of vaccinating their children. The legislation is a response to the resurgence of whooping cough and last year’s acute escalation of […]Read More Should vaccinations be mandatory?
Agua4All, a pilot project to bring clean drinking water to California, launched Wednesday in Thermal, Calif. The project will fund the installation of water bottle refilling stations, or “taps,” in schools and other accessible locations in rural communities where access to clean water is scarce. The eastern Coachella Valley is the first location to pilot the tap […]Read More ‘Agua4All’ water campaign launches in Eastern Coachella Valley
Individuals and groups – county agencies and public health projects – were recognized at the annual Advancing Health Equity Awards ceremony for their innovations and efforts to benefit their communities. The award recipients are written up on Access Sacramento.Read More Innovation recognized at health equity awards
Public Health Solutions is a training course that serves as an introduction to a career in public health by guiding the passions of teens towards the needs of the community. The program connects youth to internships in the local health care field, helping them find a place to practice what they love to do. “I always loved going to the doctor’s office. Even if I had to […]Read More Internships help teens find their niche in public health
In counties like Fresno, where over 20 percent of the population is undocumented, advocates see universal health coverage as a public health priority. “Documented and undocumented people interact in the same spaces, and that as such, basic medical services for the undocumented, like immunizations and checkups, are beneficial to everyone.” Currently lawmakers are debating a […]Read More Why undocumented Fresnans need health insurance
Results of a health survey in Ramona Gardens indicate that most residents there are overweight or obese, and depression rates double those of the larger L.A. area. Researchers and residents agreed that food markets and the stresses of poverty were key factors accounting for the disparities — half the households there make less than $10,000 a […]Read More Obesity, depression in Ramona Gardens more common
California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) will increase funds for school districts with large populations of “high need” students. How actively communities will engage with the budgeting process remains to be seen, but, when asked, students have a lot to say about what should be done with the school money. YouthWire asked high school students […]Read More What our schools need: a student’s-eye view
The century-long relationship between the city of Richmond and Chevron Oil has been fraught with tensions over money, pollution, jobs, and governance. Last summer’s explosion was only the latest incident to feed the furor from environmentalists in the local government, and sparked the ubiquitous questions about Chevron in Richmond: Is the company paying its fair […]Read More Richmond and Chevron: a story of love and hate