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Senator Mitchell Sustains Funding for Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital
July 9, 2020
California State Senator Holly Mitchell met with Dr. Elaine Batchlor, CEO of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital. Senator Mitchell and Dr. Batchlor shared a brief discussion about the importance of protecting the hospital’s budget. ... read more »
L.A. Sparks Host Mental Health Panel to Discuss Social Justice, COVID-19
July 2, 2020
The Los Angeles Sparks recently hosted a panel for student athletes called: Navigating Mental Health & Wellness During Times of Social Unrest. The virtual panel was conducted to help youth process the tragedies of the COVID-19 pandemic and of racial inequality in America. ... read more »
CDU Report Highlights Needs for Underserved Communities During COVID-19 Pandemic
July 2, 2020
The report was conducted on site with 27,133 COVID-19 tests, between April 8 and June 14, 2020. ... read more »
As Numbers Spike, California To Begin ‘Smart Testing’ for COVID-19
July 2, 2020
Last Friday, during Gov. Gavin Newsom’s daily COVID-19 update to Californians, he announced that the state will begin “smart,” or “targeted” testing, for the disease. He announced the plan after health officials released data last week showing a sharp upturn in the numbers of infected people.  ... read more »
Senator Holly J. Mitchell blocked cuts to MLKCH, signed off by Governor
July 2, 2020
Sacramento- Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Budget Act of 2020.  This Budget is a joint effort from both houses and the Governor, taking into account the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our current economy. With this challenge at hand, the official 2020-2021 Budget aims to get California on solid footing as the state enters difficult economic times, all while prioritizing values and the most vulnerable populations. ... read more »
The Pandemic Is Not Over, Here’s What You Can Do To Help
July 2, 2020
If I told you we were close to finding a treatment that prevents 85% of coronavirus transmissions, would you try it? The good news is we already have; it’s wearing a mask over your nose and mouth. The bad news is that some leaders are pretending this pandemic is over and have made wearing masks a political issue, and too many people are joining them in their denial. ... read more »
Governor Newsom Orders Additional Action to Slow Community Transmission
July 1, 2020
Counties on Monitoring List for 3 Days or More Must Prohibit Indoor Operations in Certain Sectors for a Minimum of 3 Weeks ... read more »
COVID-19 Facts Update
June 25, 2020
While large gatherings still are not recommended from a public health perspective, Murthy advised that if individuals find themselves in such a situation, they should follow established safety measures to avoid a COVID-19 infection: wearing a mask, frequent hand hygiene and maintaining physical distance from others.  ... read more »
Back to Sleep: Decreasing the Rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
June 25, 2020
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of infant mortality in the United States. Approximately 3500 infants in the United States die each year suddenly from sleep-related deaths, including SIDS. Although often there is no identified cause of these tragic and unexpected deaths, there are precautions we can take to help keep our babies safe. ... read more »
Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
June 24, 2020
PASADENA, Calif.— June 24, 2020—This Saturday, June 27, we observe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day, and June is also PTSD Awareness Month. According to the American Psychiatric Association, PTSD affects approximately 3.5-percent of U.S. adults, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD. While many believe the mental health disorder only affects military veterans, many Americans who are not veterans of war also experience nightmares or flashbacks caused by PTSD. Those people often relive traumatic events – such as major accidents, sexual assault or witnessing trauma – which become seared in their memories and can negatively affect their mental health. ... read more »
Los Angeles Public Health Department Confirms Significant Increase in the Spread of COVID-19
June 22, 2020
Monday, June 22, Los Angeles County Officials shared updated news regarding the coronavirus outbreak. The numbers reflect a level of stabilization, but the current daily rate has been showing significant increase in community transmission. ... read more »
NIH study links cigarette smoking to higher stroke risk in African Americans
June 18, 2020
Smoking cessation could be a path to fewer strokes, researchers say  ... read more »
Healthcare Middlemen Causing California Communities of Color to Pay More at the Pharmacy Counter
June 12, 2020
African Americans in California face significant disparities in diagnosis, treatment, and access to health care they need. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated many of those inequalities. Our lawmakers have again expressed their desire to seek solutions to health disparities and rising health costs once the pandemic ceases, but action is needed. As California waits for the number of cases of COVID-19 to stabilize and, ultimately, for the state to lift its emergency orders, we urge policymakers to pursue sustainable solutions that reduce costs and create better long-term health outcomes for vulnerable communities. ... read more »
Domestic workers have always been on the frontlines, COVID-19 just made it clear
June 12, 2020
As an In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) provider who cares for seniors and people with disabilities, I am a caregiver on the frontlines of this pandemic. As a Black woman, I am also at a higher risk of dying should I become infected with COVID-19. ... read more »
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