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Lost in Translation: The Necessity of Medical Interpreters

It’s hard to go back and pinpoint the exact moment when I knew why I wanted to go into the health field. I think that a number of personal experiences I’ve had over the course of my 21 years have been crucial to shaping my path in the health field and building my support for…

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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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SB 1000 Defeated, But We Remain Committed

It hasn’t been quite 24 hours since SB 1000 (Monning): the sugar sweetened beverages safety warning bill stalled in the California Assembly’s Health Committee.  For our staff, the sting of defeat hasn’t yet gone away.  Knowing that type 2 diabetes (diabetes) has reached epidemic levels in the Latino community, and that caloric sweeteners, especially sugar and…

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Diabetes & Sugary Soda

The Fresno Bee A study completed by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research with support from the California Center for Public Health Advocacy found that 31% of all Central Valley residents hospitalized in 2011 had Type 2 diabetes. Among Latinos, the percentage was 42.5%. To help combat this disease, the Latino Coalition for a…

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Latinos should advocate for a healthy future this Earth Day

Voxxi For many, Earth Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the planet, rejoice outdoors, and perhaps plant a tree. For us, however, this year’s drought has been a harsh reminder of the increasingly extreme weather patterns produced by climate change. The greenhouse gases and co-pollutants in our environment impact weather patterns and have serious public…

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Reflecting On the Past Year

What a difference a year makes! April 17th marks my one year anniversary as Executive Director of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California. As I reflect on the past 365 days, I am proud of how much we have accomplished. I am also awed by how much there is to do to improve the health…

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Open Enrollment Ends Today! So, What’s Next?

With today being the ‘official’ wrap-up of Covered California’s first open enrollment period, it felt like the appropriate time to reflect and celebrate all the great work done by a diverse partnership of very committed officials, agencies, departments and community partners.  It’s also a good time to start reflecting on what worked, and what can…

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Welcome to the New LCHC Website!

Big changes are happening here at the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California! We are thrilled to unveil our brand new website and logo, and what’s more, we now have a new blog too. Our new website offers a host of new and updated resources and information. You can find out about the latest legislation…

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