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New Rankings Show Healthiest and Least Healthy Counties in California [March 19, 2019 Public Health Institute]

REPORT EXPLORES THE IMPACT OF SEVERE HOUSING COST BURDEN ON RESIDENTS Marin County ranks healthiest in California and Lake County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The Rankings are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org . An easy-to-use snapshot that compares counties within states, the Rankings show that...

Monitoring Californians' Mental Health Population Surveillance Reveals Gender, Racial/Ethnic, Age, and Regional Disparities [Rand Corp Report]

Black Californians are more likely to experience mental health problems than other ethnic groups, and they are less likely to get the care they need, according to a study released Tuesday. The study , by the Rand Corp., shows a connection between untreated mental health problems and multiple absences from work, which can take an economic toll on individuals and families in the form of lost pay and even lost jobs. That dynamic disproportionately affects communities of color. READ THE FULL REPORT

California Healthy Places Index

The California Healthy Places Index (HPI) is a powerful new tool, developed by the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, to assist in exploring local factors that predict life expectancy and comparing community conditions across the state. The HPI provides overall scores and more detailed data on specific policy action areas that shape health, like housing, transportation, education and more. Climate change exposure, social vulnerability, and adaptive capacity indicators have been...

Chronic absence is widespread in California schools

Educators consider chronic absenteeism a red alert — a blaring sign that a student might be academically at risk. Chronic absence is defined as missing 10 percent or more of school days for any reason, a level educators say puts students at risk of falling behind academically, failing classes, and dropping out. Schools and parents now have a new tool to investigate the problem, in the form of open-source data from the California Department of Education. The patterns that emerge from this...

Women’s Well-Being Index, interactive map [California Budget and Policy Center]

California Women's Well-Being Index In Partnership With the Women's Foundation of California Women's Well-Being Index: Overall When women thrive, their families and communities prosper . Yet despite decades of progress, women still face persistent disparities on a range of issues, from economic security to health to participation in political leadership. By viewing women’s well-being as encompassing various distinct yet interrelated components, policymakers, advocates, service providers, and...

Understanding and Addressing Childhood Adversity in California: Recap of Department of Health Care Services Learning Series Event

Understanding and addressing childhood adversity in California was the focus of the Department of Health Care Services’ Learning Series event on May 10. Steve Wirtz, from the Department of Public Health, and Lori Turk-Bicakci, from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, were the featured speakers. They shared the fundamentals of understanding childhood adversity, described state-wide initiatives that support increasing awareness, reducing adversity and promoting resilience, and...

Rate of Depression is Double for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Youth

Depression-Related Feelings Among Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Youth, 2013-2015 An alarming 61% of youth who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual have felt depressed in the previous year in contrast to 29% of their peers who identify as straight. These students, who are in grades 7th, 9th, or 11th grade or are in non-traditional programs, felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more that they stopped doing their usual activities. Disparities among youth who experience...

CDPH MCAH Local Community Profiles 2017-18

LOCAL MATERNAL, CHILD AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH Community Profiles 2017-18 A county profile is available for most of the 61 local health jurisdictions in California. These reports are designed to provide insight into the health and environment (community, home, and school) of California mothers, babies, children and teens. Click here to read the: CA County MCAH Profiles

McGuire, First 5 Humboldt talk ‘ACEs’ at town hall [Times Standard News]

Humboldt County has one of the highest rates of childhood trauma and abuse in the state with 75 percent of locals being affected by at least one adverse childhood experience — or ACE. T his county along with Mendocino County, have the highest percentage of residents with four or mor e ACEs. “A child who experiences ACEs is 12 times [more likely] to attempt suicide, 12 times. A child who has four or more ACEs experiences [is] seven times [more likely] to be and alcoholic or 10 times higher to...

Updated Data Show Over A Quarter Million Public School Students Homeless

Data on homeless children and youth in California are now available on Kidsdata. Over a quarter million , or 4.4% of public school students, were recorded as homeless at some point during the 2015-2016 school year. Most homeless students stayed with friends or relatives because of loss of housing ( 85% ), and the remainder were in a temporary shelter, motel, or were unsheltered. Unaccompanied Homeless Youth (Point-in-Time Count), Ages 0-17: 2017 Recording homeless students during the school...

Mental Health in California: For Too Many, Care Not There (chcf.org)

Federal and state laws mandating parity in coverage of mental and physical illness, together with expansion under the ACA of both Medi-Cal eligibility and scope of mental health services, have made more services available to more Californians. Public and private actors have devoted significant resources to expand access to care, better integrate physical and mental health care, and reduce stigma. Despite these efforts, the incidence of some mental illnesses continues to rise, many...

California's Child Poverty Rate Highest in Country

Kidsdata and Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) have partnered to release the latest data on poverty among California's children. Poverty and inequitable distribution of resources are fundamental impediments to healthy and well children. Addressing poverty among all children must be a key part of programs and policies that aim to maximize health and well being. Guest author, Caroline Danielson, who is a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, shares important...

2018 CALIFORNIA CHILDREN’ S REPORT CARD - Children Now

A review of kids’ well-being & roadmap for the future. The 2018 California Children’s Report Card grades the state on its ability to support better outcomes for kids, from birth to age 26, through early childhood to higher education systems. This year's grades range from an A on Health Insurance to a D in several areas including Academic Outcomes, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, and Youth Justice. Overall, the state’s grades show a disappointing lack of investment and progress in...

Community Data Dashboards for CA

Kidsdata.org has compiled a comprehensive set of information about Childhood Adversity and Resilience on its site. A product of the CA Essentials for Childhood Initiative, the California Data Dashboard contains 23 select indicators of child adversity, health and well-being, utilizing data available on kidsdata.org. Here is a link to all CA Communities with Community level Data Dahsboards. If you don't see your community on the list, please contact Gail Kennedy: gkennedy@acesconnection.com...

A look at the prevalence of mental illness in California and the U.S. (ocregister.com)

Mental illness cases have risen in California, while treatment and funding have not kept up. Every Southern California county has experienced an upward trend in the rate at which children under 18 years are hospitalized for a mental health issue. “The mental health system has been plagued by gaps in services, access and funding,” says Dr.Clayton with St. Joseph Hoag Health. “People with severe mental health and substance abuse conditions struggle to receive needed care in their communities...

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