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¡Azúcar! Not always so sweet.

Before interning at Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC) the aspects of public health I had been exposed to were in  health education, prevention, and intervention of sexual health and HIV/AIDS. What drew me to intern at LCHC was their commitment to advocacy and social justice to the Latino community who often face greater…

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Governor Brown’s State Budget Revise Highlights

On May 14th, Governor Jerry Brown released his revised state budget. The budget included a $6.7 billion increase in General Fund revenues compared to the proposed January budget. There was emphasis on paying off liabilities and putting money into the Rainy Day Fund. Below are some necessary and noticeable adjustments in the budget: Higher Education –…

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AB 1357: It Doesn’t End Here!

No se acaba aqui!  It doesn’t end here! We are disappointed with the outcome of yesterday’s Assembly Health Committee vote on AB 1357 (Bloom): Children & Family Health Promotion Program. Some of our key legislators chose to silence the discussion of how to address California’s diabetes crisis by voting no or abstaining on AB 1357 when it…

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California Can’t Wait to Fight Diabetes

On May 12, the California Assembly Health Committee will hear a new bill seeking to address one of the major health crises of our time. AB 1357 (Bloom) – The Children and Family Health Promotion Program – will create a dedicated revenue source enabling California to start to address the diabetes epidemic that is impacting…

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Berkeley Passes Soda Tax

On November 4th, the voters in Berkeley, California revolted against the status quo of health injustice when we came together to pass Measure D, the initiative to place a one cent per ounce excise tax on fully sugared beverages and use these resources to support school and community based programs designed to prevent diabetes, heart…

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Politics & Health: Wrapping Up the 2014 Legislative Session

This year, we focused on supporting legislative measures to address and improve the health of our communities and reduce health disparities via chronic disease prevention, promoting safe and vibrant communities, increasing equitable access to health care, and working toward just immigration reform. We are proud that two of our co-sponsored bills have been signed into…

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Standing with Children

When I look at the pictures of the children that are in the US Customs and Border Protection detention centers, I cannot help but see the faces of my seven and fourteen year-old sons.  I see photographs of these children and cannot fathom the circumstances that would cause them to undertake a 1,700 mile journey…

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Overcoming Our Environment

Many times I wonder why the Latino community has such a large and disproportionate percentage of dropouts, teen pregnancy, low-income families, and type 2 diabetes and heart disease patients. Frederick Jackson Turner argues that one’s environment defines who one is in terms of behavior and the decisions one makes. As in many other communities, this…

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Robert García in Public Health Law News

The following interview was conducted for the Centers for Disease Control Public Health Law News (PHLN) with LCHC’s board member Robert García, Founding Director and Legal Counsel for The City Project. The original interview can be found in the June 2014 issue of Public Health Law News. PHLN: Please describe your career path.  García: I am a…

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