Richmond residents’ access to health care is limited, and the situation is not improving. Policies at the state and federal level have put providers in dire financial straits, and access to emergency and primary care does not look good for West County. But proponents of a new approach to public health, one that’s being tested in Richmond, say that health is more than just health care. This new municipal ordinance, called “Health in All Policies,” treats the city planner as the city’s doctor. But in Richmond, where many people have trouble getting access to a medical doctor, will this prescription for the city as a patient be effective?
Contra Costa County has opted into a pilot program for treating Medi-Cal enrollees with substance use disorders. Experts are optimistic that the program will help more people suffering from substance use disorders get treatment quickly.
The RYSE Center held a training in October to help community leaders learn how trauma affects the health of Richmond youth and how creating safe spaces can help young people–and the community–heal.
Urban Tilth has created a new source of affordable, fresh, and local food for Richmond residents through its CSA box program. While the food helps improve physical wellbeing, the act of growing it promotes emotional wellbeing, according to Urban Tilth employees.
Vision to Learn, a nonprofit that provides free glasses and screenings to children, partnered with Pogo Park to screen over 200 children’s vision in August and September, providing 91 kids with free eyewear for the new school year.
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.
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.
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 the federal Community Health Center Fund–which is set to expire tomorrow.
At the eleventh hour of this year’s legislative session, state lawmakers passed a bill that may stop Sutter Health from closing its Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley. The proposed law, Senate Bill 687 by local state Sen. Nancy Skinner, would give the attorney general authority to review and approve any nonprofit hospital looking to close its doors. After a 42-23 vote by the Assembly this past Friday evening, it’s on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. Sutter…
It’s the final week of this year’s legislative session, and East Bay lawmakers are pushing a bill that could stop Sutter Health from shuttering its Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley. Senate Bill 687, by local state Sen. Nancy Skinner, would require the attorney general to review and approve the closure of any emergency rooms run by nonprofits. Proponents say the law would preserve Californians’ access to emergency medical services. Skinner authored the bill after Sutter announced it would…