Health

The High Street bridge in East Oakland, as seen from a balcony in the Fruitvale neighborhood on Tuesday. Heavy smoke from the Sonoma and Santa Clara fires filled the Bay Area, diminishing air quality and restricting views (Photo by Brian Krans)

Wine country wildfires create hazardous air conditions for Bay Area residents

Wildfires in wine country have created hazardous air conditions for the entire Bay Area, affecting most heavily children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory conditions.
Laura Echavarria, a medical assistant at LifeLong Medical Care’s Brookside Richmond clinic, cleans an exam room on Oct. 10. LifeLong’s three medical clinics are among the safety-net providers that are preparing for a major loss of federal funding if Congress does not act.

Richmond health centers facing big cuts from Congress

Congress missed its September 30 deadline to extend funding for community health centers. Now Richmond health centers are bracing for the worst, while advocates scramble for another solution.
If Congres fails to pass crucial funding by tomorrow, health centers in Richmond will lose 70 percent of their federal grant funding.

Richmond clinics to lose major funding source unless Congress votes tomorrow

Republicans recently failed again to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But if Congress doesn’t act by tomorrow, Contra Costa County health clinics that serve thousands of low-income patients could still lose millions of dollars from...

Ceasefire participants march to keep Richmond residents ‘Alive and Free’

In response to gun violence in Richmond, a coalition of faith leaders and community members has organized these evening walks since 2011. They arrange them in concert with local church groups, and they take place...
Volunteers gather at the Memorial Tabernacle Church for a lawn party to restore the church's garden on Saturday, May 6, 2017. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

At a mulching party, East Bay residents learn how to convert lawns to gardens

On a warm Saturday morning, people began to slowly stroll into the Memorial Tabernacle Church in Oakland’s Bushrod neighborhood. They were gathered not for a morning service, but for a special kind of lawn party....