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October 2019

2020 Child Health, Education, and Care Summit [apps.ccfc.ca.gov]

By First 5 of California, October 31, 2019 We invite you to join us for another outstanding Summit at the beautiful Hotel Irvine in Irvine, California, on February 3–5, 2020. The Summit theme, “Equity in Action: Elevating Children, Families, and California’s Workforce,” represents the natural evolution of this statewide event – from building partnerships, to promoting collective impact, to providing leadership around critical programs and investments designed to benefit young children and...

DEADLINE IS TODAY!! Free Technical for Round 5 of the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program

By California Strategic Growth Council, October 31, 2019 Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program (Round 5) $550 million is available for affordable housing projects to applicants statewide for the current funding Round 5. The program is highly competitive, so make sure to apply for free technical assistance by filling out this survey application (linked), which is due TODAY . [ Apply by filling out this survey .]

Wildfires, power outages cause unprecedented healthcare disruption in California (sacbee.com)

Healthcare leaders told The Bee that they are confronting a level of disruption to delivering care and running their businesses that they have never seen in their careers as a result of the California wildfires and Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s planned blackouts . “I actually have never experienced a power outage where we were on emergency generator backup for 40 hours or more,” said Dr. Brian Evans , the chief executive officer at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley. “We’ve had...

County Tops State Average in English Math - If Fresno Unified Isn't Counted [gvwire.com]

By Nancy Price, GV Wire, October 29, 2019 Nearly three-fourths of Fresno County students scored above the state average on both English language arts and mathematics standardized tests last year. In fact, the same contingent of Fresno County students tested above the state average in English language arts for the past three years. But when you add in the remaining one-fourth, the county’s test scores dip below the state average for both English and math. Those students who are dragging down...

Lali Moheno Champions Women Farm Workers' Wellness, Rights [thesungazette.com]

By Kaitlin Washburn, The Sun-Gazette, October 30, 2019 Lali Moheno threatened to divorce her husband when he wanted to move to Visalia for a new job. She was happy with their life in Ventura, Calif. She loved her job and the community. Plus, she didn’t have fond memories of periods during her childhood spent in Tulare County. Moheno’s parents toiled in the fields of California’s Central Valley and ranches in southern Texas throughout their lives and endured the hardships that all farmworkers...

How Parents and Teachers Can Calm Kids' Getty Fire Anxiety [latimes.com]

By Sonali Kohli and Nina Agrawal, Los Angeles Times, October 29, 2019 During this Santa Ana wind season, 12-year-old Nicholas Ladesich tends to go to bed worrying about what might burn overnight. He often has dreams of waking up in his old house that burned down in the Woolsey fire last year. But he awakens instead in the living room of the one-bedroom guest house he shares with his brother and parents. He demands that his mom turn on the news to monitor possible fires while his 15-year-old...

How parents and teachers can calm kids’ Getty fire anxiety (latimes.com)

Across the state, families have fled fires in the dark of night amid howling winds; thousands have huddled in evacuation centers, their cars packed with valuables. It smells like smoke, and ash drifts through the air. School days are canceled, routines disrupted and children are suffering mentally — even if they’re not physically at risk from a fire, mental health counselors and parents said. School healthcare workers said the increase in destructive annual wildfires comes at a time when...

Homeless Deaths in LA Have Nearly Doubled in the Past 6 Years [laist.com]

By Matt Tinoco, LAist, October, 29, 2019 More than 1,000 people died while experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County in 2018. That's nearly double the number of homeless people who died in 2013, according to a report released Tuesday by county health officials which looked at deaths within that six-year time period. Heart disease, drug and alcohol overdoses, and transportation-related injuries were the most common causes of death. Even when adjusting for the increase in the number of...

Lawmakers Must do More to Fund Mental Health Care at the University of California [calmatters.org]

By Emily Estus, Special to CalMatters, October 28, 2019 This summer, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature passed a $214 billion budget that includes $5.3 million earmarked for improving mental health services in the University of California system. Students returning to campus this fall might cheer that a long-underfunded issue is finally getting state attention and, more importantly, an injection of cash. Sadly, that’s not the whole story. Here’s why: This is only a stopgap, a...

County Moves Forward With Plan for Behavioral Health Hubs [voiceofsandiego.org]

By Lisa Halverstadt, Voice of San Diego, October 29, 2019 County supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to move forward with efforts to create a network of behavioral health hubs and crisis units countywide, starting in North County and central San Diego. The goal is to shift the county’s mental health system from one overtaxed by emergency room visits and hospital stays to a more efficient chronic care system that helps patients stabilize before they fall into crisis. “It’s not just one...

California Air Quality: Should You Wear a Face Mask for Wildfire Smoke [nytimes.com]

By Sarah Mervosh, The New York Times, October 28, 2019 With wildfires raging up and down the state of California on Monday, smoke filled the air in many places, ash fell from the sky, and residents were once again left to wonder whether the very air they were breathing was safe. The largest, the Kincade fire in Sonoma County north of San Francisco, nearly doubled in size in 24 hours and was just 5 percent contained on Monday, prompting volunteers downwind in the Bay Area to scramble to hand...

California Fires Illuminate Trauma and Resilience [khn.org]

By Anna Maria Barry-Jester, Kaiser Health News, October 29, 2019 Dorothy Hammack had planned to wash her thick, dark hair in the kitchen sink Friday morning. She couldn't yet shower, due to the incision on her breast from a biopsy a few days before. Her doctor had already called to let her know the results: She had breast cancer. She was supposed to be researching treatment options and organizing doctor appointments. Instead, Hammack, 79, was standing in her pajamas in the parking lot of a...

California Teachers Build a 'Nest' For Migrant Kids at the Border [kqed.org]

By Sasha Khokha, KQED, October 25, 2019 Classical music plays, silk curtains blow in the wind and comfy couches offer a place to curl up with a book. There are wooden toys, colorful magnetic blocks, and crayons organized by color in glass jars. Children use light projectors to make patterns and shapes on the walls. It may sound like a high-end early childhood education center in California, but this is Tijuana. The students and their parents have fled violence in Central America, or other...

Fruity Flavors Lure Teens Into Vaping Longer and Taking More Puffs, Study Says [latimes.com]

By Emily Baumgartner, Los Angeles Times, October 27, 2019 Most experts agree that sweet flavors like cotton candy and mango help entice teens to try their first-ever puff on an electronic cigarette. But what keeps them coming back? Flavors appear to play a role in that too, according to a new study of Los Angeles high school students. Those who vaped with flavors other than tobacco and menthol were more likely to maintain their habit over the long term — and they took more puffs each time...

Farmworkers Face Daunting Health Risks In California's Wildfires [californiahealthline.org]

By Anna Maria Barry-Jester, California Healthline, October 28, 2019 Farm laborers in yellow safety vests walked through neatly arranged rows of grapes Friday, harvesting the last of the deep purple bundles that hung from the vines, even as the sky behind them was dark with soot. Over the hill just behind them, firetrucks and first responders raced back and forth from a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection staging area, working to contain a wildfire raging through the rugged...

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