The New York Times: Coke & Pepsi to display ‘calorie counts’ on vending machines

[ Posted on October 15th, 2012 by Porsche Johnson | No Comments » ]

The Affordable Care Act will eventually require all restaurant chains with more than 20 locations and vending operators with more than 20 vending machines to clearly post calorie information for the items on their menus and in their machines. In anticipation of the law, The American Beverage Association launched a pilot project that will display calorie counts on vending machines. According to an article in The New York Times, the vending machines are meant to give soda drinkers more control over (more…)

New UCLA Policy Note: Examining presidential candidates’ health care proposals

[ Posted on October 11th, 2012 by Letisia Marquez | No Comments » ]

Just in time for the 2012 presidential election, the health care proposals of President Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee, are summarized in a new policy note by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

The policy note presents a side-by-side comparison of Obama, Romney and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposals for (more…)

Nov 27 Conference (Los Angeles): Women’s reproductive health and the environment

[ Posted on October 10th, 2012 by Porsche Johnson | No Comments » ]

Over the last couple of decades, environmental and reproductive health experts have been sounding the alarm about the devastating impact toxins in our environment has on a woman’s fertility. Join the UCLA Women’s Health Center for a free daylong event that addresses the best practices for addressing environmental toxins and reproductive health focused on community advocacy, policy and research. Read more.

Date: November 27, 2012
Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location: UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Cost: Free
Register here.

This free event is supported by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Executive Advisory Board of the Iris Cantor – UCLA Women’s Health Center.

Recommended Resources
UCLA Women’s Health Center
AskCHIS (A free online data tool with data taken from the California Health Interview Survey)

Oct 9 Free Webinar: Cooling the planet, cleaning the air

[ Posted on October 8th, 2012 by Porsche Johnson | No Comments » ]

 On Tuesday, October 9, professors Manuel Pastor and James Boyce will discuss their findings from the report, Cooling the Planet, Clearing the Air: Should Climate Policies Give Extra Credit for Maximizing Short-term Health Benefits?. This groundbreaking report is the first national level study that takes a careful look at the potential to reduce air pollution as part of our strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The report argues that a reduction in GHG in one location could improve health in other heavily-polluted communities. Additionally the report recommends policymakers include GHG reduction in climate change decisions. Read the report.

Date: October 9, 2012
Time: 12 Noon EST
Cost: Free
Learn more or Register Here.

“Spotlight on Children’s Health” fact sheets reveal inequities among kids

[ Posted on September 25th, 2012 by Letisia Marquez | No Comments » ]

In Alameda County, one in three African-American children live in poverty compared with one in 15 white children. African-American students (48 percent) are far less likely to feel safe about school than white students (63 percent).

Research has shown a correlation between school safety and high school drop-out rates – so it’s no coincidence that African-American students in Alameda County are more than twice as likely to drop out as white students, according to recently-released fact sheets on children’s health.

Released by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN), the “Spotlight on Children’s Health” fact sheets focused on Alameda and eight other counties with the highest number of communities of color. The other counties are: Fresno, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Santa Clara.

 The fact sheets underscore how children in low-income areas, particularly in communities of color, face significant barriers to leading healthy, successful lives.

Gov. Brown signs legislation to include health in transportation planning

[ Posted on September 20th, 2012 by Porsche Johnson | No Comments » ]

On September 19, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that seeks to create neighborhoods that promote health of all Californians.  Authored by Assemblymember Bill Monning (D-Carmel), Assembly Bill 441 would require the California Transportation Commission to take the health of residents potentially impacted by transportation projects into consideration with making planning decisions.

In particular, the new law benefits California’s communities of color by addressing environmental factors that can lead to health disparities such as as asthma, diabetes, obesity, and some cancers. “Across the state, people of color are more likely to live in areas that negatively impact our health, such as neighborhoods with high traffic density, higher pedestrian accident rates, and poorer air quality”, said Ellen Wu, Executive Director of the California Pan Ethnic Health Network who co-sponsored the bill.

Learn more about AB 441.

Recommended Resources
Turning Data into Action (a project of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research’s Health DATA Program)
California Pan Ethnic Health Network

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