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Why the New York City Council Proposal to Ban Menthol Cigarettes is Wrong
February 15, 2019
I dedicated 34 years of my life to public safety, enforcing the laws that our legislators placed before me. That’s what cops do, and we trust that those laws are well thought out, studied and based upon sound data and evidence. Later in my career, I realized that this is not always the case, as some of our laws have little to do with sound evidence and are emotionally driven by feel-good politics. That’s why I hung up my badge to advocate for sound public policy as the Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership. ... read more »
Parkinson’s Foundation to Host Parkinson’s Exercise Conference in Camarillo
The Parkinson’s Foundation will present an educational conference focused on exercise in Parkinson’s disease (PD) in Camarillo, CA, on February 22, 2019. The “Exercise and the Brain: The Parkinson’s Connection” conference features speaker Michael Jakowec, PhD, Associate Professor of Research Neurology at Keck School of Medicine of USC. The conference is free and open to people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. ... read more / view event »
Community Based Treatment, Not Jail Replacement: A New Plan of Care for LA County
February 11, 2019
In response to Federal investigations of the poor conditions within LA County Jails, and the increase of imprisoned people with mental illnesses which has now reached 70 percent of the jail population, Supervisors of LA County planned to vote February 12th on a new “Mental Health Jail,” formally known as the “Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility,” instead of diverting people who shouldn’t be in jail in the first place. ... read more »
Improving Patients’ Access to Diabetes Care
February 7, 2019
Managing a chronic disease, like diabetes, is a challenge in its own right. It is even harder to do when you are having trouble affording your insulin. ... read more »
Rep. Moore Reveals Cancer Diagnosis and How the ACA Saved Her Life
February 7, 2019
In a televised interview, Moore revealed her cancer diagnosis and where she believes she’d be if it weren’t for former President Barack Obama’s signature piece of legislation which allows her to afford the treatments and necessary medication to fight the deadly disease. ... read more »
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be Featured Speaker during CSU Dominguez Hills’ Presidential Distinguished Lecture Series
February 1, 2019
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will discuss the state’s efforts to defend environmental protections critical to residents’ health and well-being as the featured speaker of CSU Dominguez Hills’ (CSUDH) Presidential Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture and panel discussion will take place Thursday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m., in CSUDH’s Loker Student Union Ballroom.        ... read more »
Can Alternative Treatments Help with HIV?
January 31, 2019
Many people living with HIV choose to explore non-conventional therapies to ease the symptoms of HIV and side effects of the medications. ... read more »
18 Weeks of Family Leave at 100% Pay Backed by 2 L.A. City Council Members
January 31, 2019
The proposed city program would seek to augment the state's contribution via the existing State Disability Insurance and Paid Parental Leave programs to cover 100 percent of wages. ... read more »
CBC Health Braintrust Chair, Rep. Robin Kelly, Applauds First COR Hearing for Focusing on the High Cost of Prescription Drugs
January 28, 2019
Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust and Member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform (COR), released this statement on the COR’s first full committee hearing on the high cost of prescription drugs: “For too many Illinoisans, ... read more »
L.A. Care Awards $3.6 Million for Physician Recruitment
January 25, 2019
L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly-operated health plan in the country, has announced the first round of Provider Recruitment Program grants as part of its Elevating the Safety Net initiative. The mission of the $31 million initiative is to recruit highly-qualified primary care physicians to the Los Angeles County safety net. The safety net is comprised of health care providers who offer access to care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay, and whose patient population includes a substantial share of the Medicaid population and the uninsured.  ... read more »
Governor Names African American Woman As California’s First Surgeon General 
January 24, 2019
Governor Gavin Newsom named Dr. Nadine Burke Harris as California’s first-ever Surgeon General. As a pediatrician, entrepreneur and nonprofit CEO, Dr. Burke Harris has dedicated her professional career to understanding the link between adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress in children, and the effect both have on future health outcomes. ... read more »
Thousands Gather for Third Annual Women’s March Downtown 
January 24, 2019
Both men and women filled the streets with picket signs that decried a variety of issues including immigration, the government shutdown and most notably women’s health and financial rights. ... read more »
‘Black-ish’ Star Jenifer Lewis Shares Insight on Mental Illness at Local Event
January 24, 2019
Jenifer Lewis was on hand earlier this month at the California African American Museum, to lend knowledge and experience on the subject of Black mental health... ... read more »
Why I am an Environmentalist
January 17, 2019
It is not just about the beauty of nature—although I appreciate that, too. ... read more »
Groundbreaking Treatment for Parkinson’s Patients Now Offered at CSUN’s Language, Speech and Hearing Center
January 16, 2019
More than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease. In just the United States alone, combined costs of treatments are estimated to be nearly $25 billion a year, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. ... read more »
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