California ’s Low-Income Health Program (LIHP) is already providing basic health services to close to 275,000 individuals, a majority (67%) of whom are people of color. Successful implementation of the LIHP program, and a coordinated transition plan, will ensure the state is able to maximize enrollment in Medi-Cal and the Health Benefit Exchange in 2014.
Learn more about California’s LIHP program by registering for a free webinar, Equity and the ACA: Expanding access through the Low-Income Health Program on Thursday, June 21, hosted by the California Pan Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN). In addition to receiving an overview of the LIHP program, participants will also hear updates of the state’s current plans including the transition to Medi-Cal (the state’s Medicaid program), and the Health Benefit Exchange in 2014.
Presenters will include Bob Baxter and Alice Mak from the California Department of Health Care Services and Linda Leu from Health Access.
Date: Thursday, June 21, 2012
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am (PST)
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Contact CPEHN staff if you have any questions at (510) 832-1160 or email@example.com.
While more than 10 million children have been diagnosed with asthma, poor and minority children have worse asthma-related outcomes. To address this issue the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, released the Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities. This action plan presents a framework to use existing federal resources to address this major public health challenge during the next three to five years.
The report highlights the following four strategies to promote asthma care and prevention and eliminate disparities:
- Reduce barriers to the implementation of guidelines-based asthma management.
- Enhance capacity to deliver integrated, comprehensive asthma care to children in communities with racial and ethnic asthma disparities.
- Improve capacity to identify the children most affected by asthma disparities.
- Accelerate efforts to identify and test interventions that may prevent the onset of asthma among ethnic and racial minority children.
Read the report: Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities.
You are invited to join the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and their partners for the 7th Annual Summer Institute Conference on Health and Migration, June 25-29 in Los Angeles, CA. This event is a five-day course that offers researchers, faculty, graduate students and professionals working with migrant communities around the world, a unique opportunity to learn about different health issues that affect mobile populations.
Through a combination of lectures and workshops, experts will present on the relationship between migration and global health, offering public health, public policy, and social science perspectives. Presenters include representatives from the World Health Organization, the International Organization for Migration, the European Union, the Secretariats of Health and Foreign Affairs of Mexico, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and several respected professors from Universities in Spain, Mexico, Peru and the United States.
The organization of the 7th Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health is a joint effort of the Health Initiative of the Americas –a program of UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health-, the UC Global Health Institute through its Center of Expertise on Migration and Health, and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
Participants will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the event.
Learn more or Register.
Read the 2011 Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health report.
Although mobile sources, such as cars and trucks, are one of the largest sources of air pollution, lawn mowers and other outdoor gas-powered equipment also contribute to air pollution. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans burn 800 million gallons of gas each year mowing their yards, which produces tons of air pollutants.
The good news is air regulatory groups such as the South Coast Management District (AQMD) are launching programs like their Lawn Mower Exchange Program to reduce air pollution.
The Lawn Mower Exchange Program allows residents to turn in their working gas-powered lawn mower and purchase a new cordless rechargeable electric mower at a discounted price. Residents living within AQMD’s 4-county jurisdiction, which includes Orange County, most of Los Angeles County (excluding the Antelope Valley) and Riverside County, and the non-desert portion of San Bernardino County, can participate in the program.
Learn more about AQMD’s Lawn Mower Exchange Program.
Health impact assessments are an important tool in confronting the nation’s health problems, according to a recent report. Released by the National Research Council, the report presents a six-step framework for conducting health impact assessments.
Findings of the report suggests improvements in the nation’s health will only come about if health impact assessments become widespread. Additionally the report lists several challenges that could hamper the success of health impact assessments. They include “balancing the need to provide timely, valid information, with the realities of varying data quality” and working to ensure quantitative estimates of health effects are provided whenever possible.
Read the summary report.
Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) significantly improves access to care for many children and young adults not already covered by other means, the law overlooks one significant population: children of immigrants.
“Some of the biggest coverage challenges ahead are for immigrant populations,” stated Shana Alex Lavarreda, the Center’s director of health insurance studies. “Parents who are undocumented and have children who are citizens may have difficulty accessing both the new public and private programs for their kids. This is an issue that must be addressed to ensure that all of California’s children are insured.”
Lavarreda was a recent speaker at the May 8 California Head Start Association’s Healthy and Ready to Learn conference, invited to discuss how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) impacts California’s low-income families with children.
The ACA has already introduced a series of regulatory changes that have benefited many Californians, especially children. Prior to September of 2010, children with preexisting conditions could be denied coverage for to those conditions. Additionally, young adults were dropped from their parent’s plans upon reaching 18 or graduating from college. Now, children with pre-existing conditions (more…)