CA Access News

April 2009

In this Issue: Features | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information | Contact Us


Financial Wellness in Difficult Economic Times

By Mason Turner, MD
Chief, Department of Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center, and Member, Board of Directors, Mental Health Association of San Francisco

Constantly, we are bombarded with economic negativity. One need only turn on the TV to hear of the gloom and doom of the housing market in California. "Foreclosures up 200 percent in the Central Valley" or "Bakersfield leads the nation in defaulted loans" may not apply to most of us living outside of these areas, but the effects are nonetheless anxiety-provoking. Read more...


National Cover the Uninsured Week: Another Impetus for Action on Healthcare Reform

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) supports healthcare reform efforts that will help assure all Americans can access high-quality and affordable healthcare coverage. Nearly four years ago, PhRMA created a program to help address uninsured Americans' ability to access prescription medicines. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) was formed to raise awareness of patient assistance programs offered by America's pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies. Since then, more than 5.5 million uninsured and underinsured Americans have been matched with programs that offer free or nearly-free medicines.

Click on the link below to learn more about:

  • The value of PPA for uninsured patients;
  • The pharmaceutical research companies statement regarding Cover the Uninsured Week;
  • The role health care reform should play with managing chronic diseases.

PhRMA looks forward to being an active participant in the health reform process to help ensure that a meaningful and comprehensive healthcare reform package gets on the President's desk this year.

Learn more...


PhRMA Launches New Comprehensive Web site -- Beyond the Healing

We Want to Hear From You! Have you, your organization or someone you know been helped through one of PhRMA's programs like Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) or the California Partnership for Access to Treatment (CPAT)? If so, we want to know about it! PhRMA just launched a new Web site which serves as an online forum in which people can share their PhRMA stories. Additionally, the site serves as a repository for information on all of PhRMA's community programs. You can learn about the pharmaceutical industry and how it is making advances in healthcare, find out about PPA or CPAT events in your area, upload pictures from your organizations' events and share how PPA or CPAT has helped you or those in your community. Visit today!

Partner Spotlight

Mental Health Association of San Francisco

The Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHA-SF) is dedicated to improving the mental health of residents in the diverse communities of San Francisco through advocacy, education, research and service. In all its programs, MHA-SF works together with people and families challenged by mental illness and with the agencies that serve them to promote prevention, access to services, leadership, and independence

MHA-SF has provided leadership in mental health education, advocacy, research and service for the diverse communities of San Francisco for nearly 60 years. An organized movement of concerned citizens in San Francisco established the San Francisco Mental Hygiene Society in 1947 as a non-profit organization. The present name was adopted in 1957. The San Francisco-based organization is one of 340 Affiliates of the National Mental Health Association throughout the United States.

Web site



CPAT Seminars:

April 9, 2009
PhRMA Southeast Roundtable Forum "Asthma & Respiratory Diseases"
Salt Lake Park Community Center, City of Huntington Park
For more information, please contact Lorena Sanchez at (323) 349-0661 or


April 20, 2009
CPAT Presentation "Stress Management in Difficult Economic Times: A Mind-Body Approach"
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
2000 K Street, US Room 1, Bakersfield, CA 93301
(Appetizers will be served)
Complimentary parking is available on site.

RSVP Required
Please RSVP to Arlen at (323) 466-3445 or e-mail


April 21, 2009
CPAT Presentation "Stress Management in Difficult Economic Times: A Mind-Body Approach"
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel
609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Parking is available in the Olympic Garage adjacent to the facility. For those taking Bart, exit at Powell Street. The Club is located 5 blocks up Powell and one street to the left on Sutter.

RSVP Required
Please RSVP to Charlotte at (916) 658-0144 or e-mail


Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!

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In the News

CPAT Partner in the News!

A shave, a cut and please roll up your sleeve
Los Angeles Times, March 12, 2009
Since 2007, an L.A. physicians' group, trying to encourage black men to get checkups, has been doing exams at barbershops. More than 1,200 men have been screened for diabetes and high blood pressure. Read more

More News

Layoffs' impact on home office, workers
San Francisco Chronicle, March 22, 2009
Thousands of individuals in the Bay Area are experiencing the pain and dislocation of job loss as the recession deepens. But it is particularly hard on couples in which a partner who works at home suddenly has to deal with an invader from Planet Layoff. Read more...

Managing Your Stress
San Fernando Valley Sun, March 18, 2009
In the newest "Stress in America" survey by the American Psychological Association, almost half of Americans say they are increasingly stressed about their ability to provide for their family's basic needs. Eighty percent say that the economy is a significant cause of stress. Read more...

Clinic treats patients and offers counseling for financial ailments
Ventura County Star, March 17, 2009
Though many wouldn't think of their doctor's appointment as a time to discuss their financial woes, a new service that offers financial advice is a welcome addition for patients served by the free clinic, which serves the working poor and uninsured. Read more...

Job stress, despair can be reduced
Torrance Daily Breeze, March 11, 2009
The American Psychological Association's Annual Stress in America Survey finds almost half of American workers say they're stressed about their ability to provide for their families' basic needs, and eight out of 10 say the economy is a major stressor. Read more...

Economic crisis pushing more people to the brink
San Diego Union Tribune, March 2, 2009
The county Medical Examiner's Office has attributed at least seven suicides in recent months to money troubles. Such deaths may foreshadow a terrible trend if the gloomy economy continues to push people to the brink. Read more...


Interesting Information


  • 40 percent of employees reported the job they were doing to be very or extremely stressful.1
  • Problems at work are more strongly associated with health complaints than are any other life stressor; more so than even financial problems or family problems.1
  • Health care expenditures are nearly 50 percent greater for workers who report high levels of stress.1
  • According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers who must take time off work because of stress, anxiety, or a related disorder will be off the job for about 20 days.1
  • One in five U.S. workers say the recession is causing them mental health problems, as they battle anxiety and fear over the potential loss of their jobs.2
  • Among 1,068 employed adults surveyed in February 2009, 215 said the current economic situation has had a negative impact on their mental health, while another 359 workers said their on-the-job stress level has increased.2
  • One in seven homeowners worry that they will not be able to make their mortgage payments on time over the next six months.3
  • More than one-quarter of homeowners fear their home will decline in value during the next two years.3

To learn more facts about stress, visit the American Institute of Stress Web site.

  1. According to a report on the results of job stress from the American Institute of Stress
  2. According to online survey conducted for employment agency Adecco USA from February 25-27, 2009
  3. According to an April 09 Associated Press-AOL Money & Finance poll

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