Tenants on front line in battle against secondhand smoke

[ Posted on April 26th, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

 

Carolina Lopez

Carolina Lopez

First came the feeling of irritation to her throat, nose and eyes.  Then came the nausea, dizziness and headaches. Carolina Lopez, a resident of a Mid-City apartment building in Central Los Angeles, had a new neighbor and a new problem: secondhand smoke.

Lopez, who is allergic to smoke, asked the neighbor to stop smoking on her balcony, where fumes could easily drift into Lopez’s apartment.

The neighbor refused. She mocked Lopez’s doctor’s note and called her derogatory names, said Lopez, 40.

When Lopez asked the landlord for help, she said he told her to find somewhere else to live. And when she continued to ask for help, he sent her an even more direct message: an eviction notice.

She fought it and won — at a cost. A student at LA City College, she failed a class and “my health has been damaged for a year,” Lopez said. (more…)

CHIS data in new web-based index on women’s well-being

[ Posted on April 11th, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

CHIS_LogoA new web-based, sortable index from California Budget & Policy Center and the Women’s Foundation of California draws on CHIS and other data sources to show the status of women’s health, safety, economic and financial standing, and political participation, by California county.

Based on a 100-point scale, Marin County had the highest overall index score, at 77.3. The other top counties – San Mateo, Placer, El Dorado, and Sonoma – scored 65 or above. Los Angeles County ranked 31st with a score of 49.7, and King’s County had the lowest score, 33.4.

The index, which uses CHIS data for health, safety and economic security indicators, also includes state-level data by race and ethnicity.

See the California Women’s Well-Being Index.

Cal Wellness awards CHIS $775,000 in funding

[ Posted on April 4th, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

CHIS_LogoThe California Wellness Foundation announced March 30 it will give California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) $775,000 in funding over two years to support an oral health module, as well as the State of Health Insurance in California report, the HealthDATA training and assistance program, and AskCHIS Neighborhood Edition©, the Center’s newest web query tool that gives community health groups, policymakers and others access to California health and demographic data at ZIP code, city, and legislative district levels.

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The award to CHIS is one of five grants totaling nearly $2.4 million that the California Wellness Foundation approved so far this year to advance health equity in the state.

The next largest grant, $600,000 over two years, goes to Advancement Project to support its Achieving Racial Equity Initiative, a multi-partner effort to define, measure, and advocate for racial equity in the state.  Advancement Project is one of the charter subscribers of the new AskCHIS NE application program interface (API), which gives subscribers on-demand access to the most current health information directly from AskCHIS NE.

See a list of the other grant recipients hereand read the California Wellness Foundation press release here.

Full Medi-Cal coverage for undocumented children in May

[ Posted on April 1st, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

medi-calCiting Center data, California Healthline’s Emily Bazar reports low-income children — including as many as 250,000 undocumented children —  qualify for full health coverage through Medi-Cal starting May 16.

The story says health advocates recommend that families sign up  undocumented children under the age of 19 as early as possible for partial coverage, which will automatically convert to full coverage. They also recommend getting free help from local health clinics and community groups to fill out the “long and complicated” application, according to the story.

Read the California Healthline story for more information on household salary limits, premium costs, enrollment resources, and strategies.

Today: “On the Road to Diabetes? A Look at High Prediabetes Rates in California”

[ Posted on March 2nd, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]
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Babey

Nearly ten percent of the adult population in California has diabetes but how many more have conditions that presage the onset of diabetes? How can the path towards diabetes be reversed? And what is the likely effect of the population with prediabetes on the future of California’s health and budget?

In today’s seminar, Susan H. Babey, co-director of the Center’s Chronic Disease Program, will discuss findings from an upcoming study on the prevalence of prediabetes in California. She will also talk about what policymakers and health advocates can do to try to help prevent the progression from prediabetes to diabetes.

Join us via live-streaming webinar here:

What: ”On the Road to Diabetes? A Look at High Prediabetes Rates in California”
Who: Susan H. Babey, Co-Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research Chronic Disease Program
​When: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Time: Noon – 1.pm.​
Where: UCLA Center for Health Policy Research,
10960 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1550 Los Angeles, Calif. 90024 [Map]

Today! Seminar on the ‘Hidden Poor’

[ Posted on February 26th, 2016 by Center Communications | No Comments » ]

”Health and Well-Being of the Hidden Poor: How the Federal Poverty Level Overlooks Economically Insecure Older Californians” 

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Wallace

How can California policymakers accurately assess economic need, especially for vulnerable seniors? In today’s seminar, part of the Center’s ongoing Health Policy Seminar Series, Associate Center Director Steven P. Wallace will share the latest findings from the Elder Economic Security Standard Index™ (Elder Index), a cutting-edge poverty measure that takes into account the true cost of living in all 58 California counties.

Specifically, Wallace will use the Elder Index to examine the health status of economically insecure older Californians, especially for the so-called “hidden poor” – the estimated 750,000 California seniors who live in the income gap above the federal poverty level and below what it actually takes to have a decent standard of living. (more…)

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