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In the absence of patient advocate groups to advise hospitals on methods to improve health care and to help people overcome obstacles in obtaining adequate health care, human relations commissions will typically receive complaints about hospitals refusing to provide health care, being unable to communicate with non-English speaking residents and other issues relating to the inadequate provision of health care.

Commissions may examine the feasibility of assisting community groups to form a patient advocacy group, form a health committee to assure itself that hospitals are meeting the needs of the community, respond to complaints as they made or select some other appropriate option. When complaints of health care are chronic commissions may hold public hearings to publicize the issues and gain support for programs designed to remedy the problems.

Minorities Suffer From Unequal Pain Treatment

By | August 9th, 2016|Health|

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Roslyn Lewis was at work at a dollar store here in Tuscaloosa, pushing a heavy cart of dog food, when something popped in her back: an explosion of pain. At the emergency room the next day, doctors gave her Motrin and sent her home.

Her

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Across L.A. County, law enforcement looks for resources to deal with the mentally ill

By | June 20th, 2016|Health, Police & Community|

A slender young woman with brown hair stood on a Commerce street in early March, ignoring a driver’s pleas to move.

She reached down and bent his front license plate, asked him for money and then yanked his windshield wiper off.

She appeared agitated – from drugs, mental illness or both. As Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies prepared to

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Crossing the ‘abortion desert’: Women increasingly travel out of their states for the procedure

By | June 2nd, 2016|Health|

When she discovered she was pregnant, the 22-year-old aspiring veterinarian started calling abortion clinics in her home state of Oklahoma. It was a short list – there are only two, and neither could get her an appointment quickly.

Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

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Half of immigrants in state illegally could be eligible for Medi-Cal expansion, study finds

By | November 10th, 2015|Health, Immigration|

Half of Californians in the country illegally would be eligible for the state’s healthcare program for the poor if it were expanded under a proposal by legislators, a new report finds.

Some California politicians are pushing to open up the $91-billion Medi-Cal program to people here illegally, since such immigrants are not allowed to sign up

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Suicide Heavily Impacts LGBTQ, Native American Youth

By | September 29th, 2015|Education, Health, LGBT|

When it comes to suicide prevention, awareness and support can’t be limited to just one month. During Suicide Prevention Month, we honor those who increase awareness and take action in communities every day. As leaders of Teach For America’s LGBTQ Community and Native Alliance Initiatives, we can’t sit silent in this work. Together, we must acknowledge the work

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Nearly 1 in 5 adults over 65 are ‘hidden poor,’ study finds

By | September 1st, 2015|Employment & Housing, Health|

More than 772,000 senior adults, or more than 1 in 5, live in hidden poverty in the Golden State, many of them unable to afford basic needs but are ineligible for government help, according to a new UCLA study.

The authors of the study found the population of 65 and older are quickly becoming part of

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Louisiana Lays Bare Difficulty in Push to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding

By | September 1st, 2015|Health, Intergroup Relations|

NEW ORLEANS — Dr. Stephanie Taylor recently showed off the private community health center here, newly built on the site of a women’s clinic wrecked by Hurricane Katrina a decade ago, pointing out the colorful furnishings, germ-resistant flooring and, in the sunny lobby, a welcoming

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San Francisco Firefighters Become Unintended Safety Net for the Homeless

By | August 27th, 2015|Disability, Employment & Housing, Health|

SAN FRANCISCO — When the emergency bell sounds at Fire Station 1 here, firefighters pull on boots and backpacks, swing into Engine 1 and hurtle out the door in almost a single motion, a blast of red lights and caterwauling sirens. More often than not, there is no fire.

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Homeless woman’s case sharpens focus on justice system and mentally ill

By | July 24th, 2015|Health, Police & Community|

The list of Trishawn Cardessa Carey’s prescriptions fills a page in her case file: clonazepam for seizures and panic, methocarbamol for muscle spasms and quetiapine for spells of psychosis. She suffers delusions, paranoia and “dramatic mood swings.”

For years, the homeless woman has lived off Social Security tied to her mental disability — a doctor diagnosed

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