health disparities

VINOTHCHANDAR VIA FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

Health organizations in Fresno County today announced a new initiative to reduce premature births. Right now, 11.1 percent of births in the county occur earlier than 37 weeks—that‘s far more than the state average of 8.3 percent. The new initiative, a collaboration between Fresno State, UC San Francisco, Fresno County and other groups and agencies, endeavors to reduce that to only 7 percent by the year 2025. Sandra Flores of Fresno State is the director of the initiative. "We know that babies...

California HealthCare Foundation

Medi-Cal recipients in California continue to face big challenges when it comes to actually accessing care, especially in the Central Valley. That's the conclusion of a new report by researchers at the UCLA Center For Health Policy Research and the California HealthCare Foundation. The study looked at survey data from across the state for both Medi-Cal enrollees and those with private insurance provided through their employers. Shana Alex Charles is one of the study's authors. Charles: ...

Building Healthy Communities

An ad that a local non-profit group wants to run on city buses is the center of controversy, after Fresno officials say it’s too political. As FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports the group wants more parkland in older parts of town. The banner in dispute points out the disparities in the amount of parkland across the city. According to the nonprofit Fresno Building Healthy Communities , north Fresno residents enjoy 3.6 acres of extra parkland for every 1,000 people, compared to those who live in...

California Lawmakers Look At Unequal Access to Health Care

Mar 12, 2015
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

California lawmakers spent a large part of Wednesday hearing about ways to make health care equally accessible regardless of race, ability or sexual orientation. As Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone in Sacramento found, policymakers say solutions will start with better information. Assembly Health Committee Chair Rob Bonta says eyes may glaze over when the conversation turns to data. But developing different methods of collecting data could reveal problems faced by specific groups of...

A new ranking of health outcomes in California counties has grim news for San Joaquin Valley residents. Out of California's 60 counties, all six San Joaquin Valley counties in the bottom third of the state. Fresno County ranked 46 th , Tulare 49 th and Kern 54 th . Counties in the Bay Area led the survey, with Marin, San Mateo and Santa Clara occupying three of the top five spots. The ranking was prepared by the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute. The analysis ranked...