CA Access News

March 2009

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Reducing Inequities in Health and Safety Through Prevention

Feature article provided by the Prevention Institute and the Health Policy Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

"Simply put, in the absence of a radical shift towards prevention and public health, we will not be successful in containing medical costs or improving the health of the American people." - Barack Obama

Barack Obama has stated: "We're going to have some very aggressive initiatives...around things like prevention that reduce costs."(2) We applaud the growing recognition across Congress, within the new Administration, and among the American people that prevention can and must be part of the solution to reform the US health system. Prevention is crucial to improving health and reducing inequities between racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. Strategic investment and implementation of prevention strategies can address the underlying conditions that lead to death, illness, injury, and health inequities in the first place.


Partner Spotlight

SJVHCSan Joaquin Valley Health Consortium

The mission of the San Joaquin Valley Health Consortium is to improve healthcare in Central California by taking a proactive role to identify needs, acquire resources, coordinate the use of resources, disseminate information, promote health education, and respond to health opportunities.

The San Joaquin Valley Health Consortium was founded in 1972 to bring more physicians to the valley. Since that time, it has strived to improve the quality of, and access to, healthcare for the Central Valley's diverse population. In collaboration with individuals, communities, educational partners and other organizations, the Health Consortium seeks to identify healthcare needs in the community and provide innovative solutions to meet those needs.

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CPAT's March Seminars:

"Black Women's Health Forum"

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
La Louisanne Restaurant
5812 Overhill Drive, Los Angeles

RSVP Required
Please RSVP to Sharon Bacon at (916) 498-1890 or e-mail


"Reducing Health Disparities through
Primary Prevention"

Attendees at this luncheon seminar will:

  • Understand the role of the environment and how it contributes to disparate health outcomes by shaping behaviors and exposures.
  • Examine the value of prevention and looking beyond the individual to factors in the environment that influence the health of populations.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
12 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Sophia Restaurant
815 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 92814

RSVP Required
For more information, please contact Charlotte Phillips at (916) 658-0144 or


Wednesday, March 25, 2009
12 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce
Board Room
3985 University Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501
Ample parking available onsite

RSVP Required
For more information, please contact Arlen Valdivia at (323) 466-3445 or



CPAT Partner Events

March 5, 2009
Parkinson's Disease Association of San Diego
Parkinson's Care Giving: A Day in the Life Symposium
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Scottish Rite Conference Center
1895 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108
For more information, please call (858) 273-6763.

March 17, 2009
Stress Less - Practical Strategies to Integrate Relaxation into your Life
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
California Department of Public Health Auditorium
1500 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA
For more information, please contact Carol A. Howle at

March 19, 2009
Combined Health Agencies
15th Annual Hero Awards
The Prado at Balboa Park
1549 El Prado # 12, San Diego, CA 92101
For more information, please call (858) 636-4183.

March 21, 2009
Hispanic Empowerment Association of Roseville
Cesar Chavez Youth Leadership Conference
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Robert C. Cooley Middle School
9300 Prairie Woods Way, Roseville, CA 95747
For more information, please contact Rene Aguilera at (916) 532-5998 or


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In the News

Almost half of California seniors struggle to survive
San Jose Mercury News, February 24, 2009
Groceries or medicine? Rent or heat? Two meals or three? Almost half of California's seniors confront these essential survival questions each day, according to a new study released today by researchers calling on the state to better track its seniors who have slipped off the public's radar. Read more

Fresno nonprofit aims to put HIV disparity in spotlight
Fresno Bee, February 19, 2009
A Fresno nonprofit plans to establish a database to keep track of black teens as part of a new campaign to reduce HIV and AIDS cases. About 6% of the Fresno County's population is black, but that group makes up 20% of AIDS cases and 14% of HIV cases. Testing rates for HIV, the virus that causes AIDs, is low among the population. Read more

Black People With Cancer More Likely To Die
KGTV-TV (ABC-10) San Diego, CA, February 18, 2009
Overall, fewer black people are dying from cancer. But those who are diagnosed with a cancer are more likely to die than white people, according to a new study. A report that comes out from the American Cancer Society that comes out every two years said that black people are generally diagnosed at a more advanced stage than white people, which makes it harder for them to recover. Read more

San Joaquin Valley ground zero for diabetes
Merced Sun Star, February 16, 2009
Every week in the central San Joaquin Valley, at least 19 people die of diabetes -- and the death toll is rising. The disease has reached epidemic proportions nationwide, but few places are as stricken as the Valley's eight counties, from San Joaquin to Kern. Nowhere in California are people more likely to die of diabetes than here. Read more

Cancer Survivors Not Getting Adequate Health Care, Study Suggest
KERO-TV (ABC-23) Bakersfield, CA, February 4, 2009
Thanks to improved screening rates and modern treatments, there are more than 12 million cancer survivors living in the United States today. These patients continue to need close monitoring even years after beating their cancer because of higher risks for heart disease, diabetes and additional cancers. However, new research has found that many cancer survivors go without needed medical care due to the high costs involved. Read more

Urban areas struggle to find grocers, fresh food
Ventura County Star, December 21, 2008
The food disparity in South Los Angeles is an echo of the area's history, marked by decades of segregation and racial strife, dating back before the deadly 1965 Watts riots. .Today, fast food is king in South L.A. Nearly three-quarters of restaurants offer food on the go, compared to 42 percent in pricier neighboring West Los Angeles. Read more




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