California public health

Thousands of California elderly and disabled patients are not getting proper care at skilled nursing facilities in California, according to a new report by the State Auditor's office.  As Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains, one key findng is that oversight at the state level has been inadequate and inefficient.

Flu season is on its way out, but a new strain at the 11th hour could leave unvaccinated children particularly at risk, as Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola explains.

A new report from the University of California, San Francisco says California is experiencing a statewide shortage of mental health professionals -- and the problem is especially bad in the Inland Empire. KVCR's Benjamin Purper has the story. 

Researchers at UC San Francisco’s Healthforce Center found that the Inland Empire and San Joaquin Valley have the lowest ratio of mental health professionals to population in California. That means there aren’t enough Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals in these areas.

For the third year in a row, the California Assembly has approved a bill that would ban smoking on state parks and beaches, even though Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed previous measures.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

So how bad is this flu season?  It's so bad that California health officials are urging people with flu symptoms to stay away from the hospital... unless you're already ill and checking yourself in.  More from Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola.

A health care leader from the Trump administration told doctors, hospital directors and seniors in the Central Valley that she's ready to fix problems in the public health system. Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola was on hand.

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Updated numbers from San Diego County show that the death toll from a hepatitis-A outbreak in the city of San Diego show that 16 people have died, hundreds have been sickened, and city officials will propose declaring a city-wide public health emergency.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A bill that would reduce the penalty for intentionally transmitting H-I-V to another person is making its way through the California state Legislature.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

President Trump declared a national opioid emergency last week, but California health leaders are already working full speed on the problem.  Their latest approach?  Virtual pain management training for doctors statewide.  Capital Public Radio's Sammy Caiola checks in on the effort.

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As California's Latino population ages, a worrisome trend of high dementia rates is becoming clear.  UC Davis researchers are embarking on a new study to find out why.  Reporter Sammy Caiola has more.

Local Communities Not Waiting For Congress

Jul 25, 2017

As Congress battles it out over healthcare reform, local Community Health Centers are quietly making progress in California, improving families' health by helping them afford nutritious food and trying to prevent illness instead of treating it. Ben Purper from KVCR has the story. 


An Inland Empire state legislator has introduced a bill to require all UC and CSU student health centers to have abortion pills available.  The bill is moving through the Legislature, as KVCR's Ken Vincent reports.

Fighting opioid addiction in California is the goal of a new state bill.  Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne reports.

A list of ingredients in household cleaning products could soon be required on the label in California.  Capital public Radio's Daniel Potter has more on the proposal by a Democratic lawmaker from Los Angeles County.

Medical researchers at UC Davis are urging some medical marijuana pot users to stop smoking the drug to avoid risk of lung infection.  Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne reports.

Clean water advocates want state leaders to create a safe and affordable drinking water fund for hundreds of communities throughout California.  Capital Public Radio's Health Care reporter Ja'Nel Johnson has details about how this fund might be created.

The number of heroin overdoses in California has doubled for certain age groups in the last four years.  Capital Public Radio's health care reporter Ja'Nel Johnson has details.


You might not think of nurses as being mindful of the effects of climate change.  But it turns out they see its impact every day, as a result of our changing environment.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio has the story.

Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are at a 20-year high in California.  Capital Public Radio health reporter Ja'Nel Johnson has more on the findings from the California Department of Public Health.

California state health department officials want people returning home from trips in Zika-affected areas to take precautions in preventing the spread of the virus.  Capital Public Radio's Ja'Nel Johnson has details.

Riverside County Gets Second Zika Case

Aug 11, 2016

A second case of the Zika Virus has been diagnosed in Riverside County.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

California will son have two drug and alcohol treatment centers for Native American youth. Capital Public Radio health reporter, Ja'Nel Johnson has details about both centers.

Study: Most Californians Don't Get A Yearly Flu Shot

Jul 28, 2016

More than 60% of adults in California don't get an annual flu shot.  The findings come from a new UCLA study released yesterday (Wednesday).  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

A case of the latest disease causing panic - the Zika virus - has been detected in riverside County.  Spread by an invasive mosquito species, a few cases of the tropical virus have popped up across the region.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem says the low number of infections means getting Zika is uncommon, and none of the infections in the area originated from the U.S.

Riverside County public health authorities are confirming the first case of Zika virus in the county.  Officials emphasize that the case was likely contracted outside of the country, and that there is very little risk the man could spread the virus here.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

April is organ donation month and today, April 5, is California's first-ever Organ Donor Registration Day.  KVCR's Rick Dulock provides insight into organ donation  in our state and how to sign up.  He spoke yesterday to tom Mone, CEO of One Legacy - one of four organ recovery programs in our state.  The four organizations together make up the State Registry and are working this month, and today specifically, to focus public attention on organ donor registration.

UCR Study Shows Health Hazards in "Third-Hand Smoke"

Mar 18, 2016

Restrictions on smoking continue to increase; just last week, state lawmakers moved to raise the smoking age to 21 in California.  The health risks associated with smoking and second-hand smoke have been known for some time.  Now, a study from UC Riverside describes new findings about the potential hazards of what is called "third-hand smoke."  KVCR's Matt Guilhem explains.   

A new report released this week by the National Association of Community Health Centers shows that health care for 24 million, mostly lower-income Americans is affected by job vacancies in the nation's local health centers.  As KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports, California is no exception.

The American Lung Association released its annual report card on how local governments in California are doing in the effort to discourage tobacco use.  Some Riverside County cities made substantial progress against smoking, while others continue to lag.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

In the wake of a report that accuses California of spending less than a fifth of what it should on anti-smoking efforts, advocates are pressing for a $2-a-pack hike int he tobacco tax.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has details on the findings from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.