Recently, Hmong women converged on a Sacramento community center to discuss the issues they share and the ways to move forward with power.
On February 3rd, the Museum of Medical History of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society was open for the public during the 20th Annual Sacramento Museum Day. The museum showcases the progress in patent medicines, pharmacology, basic science, laboratory medicine, antibiotics, infectious diseases, medical diagnosis, therapy, surgical diagnosis, nursing, Asian medicine, radiology, and quackery since from the mid-1800’s. Some large artifacts were on display such as nurse uniforms, a doctor’s office cabinet, skeletons, a 20th-century iron lung, Civil War amputation kits, live leeches, examination tables, a 20th-century x-ray machine, and wheelchairs. The museum also holds an extensive library containing early medical textbooks and journals.
“Very interesting museum with lots to see,” said Zule Wimer, a tourist visiting the Museum of Medical History, “We loved it all! We kept going back to the same displays because there were so many details to read and learn about. Makes you grateful for modern medicine but also makes you wonder about what the future generations will say about our understanding of ‘modern medicine’.”
Before the arrival of settlers and pioneers of Northern California, the Sacramento Valley region was described as “… one of the most healthful territories on the continent.” However, during the peak of the Gold Rush, many Western settlers and miners arrived and brought diseases that caused numerous epidemics due to the lack of sanitation and hygiene. It was estimated that 6% of settlers died on their trip to California and 20% of the population lost their lives within 6 months all due to diseases.
Among the settlers and Sacramentans, unqualified practitioners, opportunists, and irregulars of medicine competed with doctors that which ultimately led to the founding of the Medico-Chirurgical Association in 1850 – the first medical organization in California – in order to decrease tensions between “regular” and “irregular” practitioners. The medical organization lasted for only six years until the Sacramento Medical Society was founded in 1855. The Sacramento Medical Society practiced organized medicine until it disbanded eight years later. Finally, in 1868, the Sacramento Society for Medical Improvement, today’s Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, was founded.
Under their guidance, the Sacramento Society for Medical Improvement was responsible for the second City Board of Health in the United States, the first prepaid hospital insurance plan in California, the first railroad hospital in California, the first successful appendectomy in California, the first weather bureau on the west coast, and the first building in California that was designed to function as a hospital.
The museum is free of charge and open to the public every Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (except for holidays). Note: the museum will be closed on February 19th, 2018 in observance of President’s Day.
For more information concerning the Museum of Medical History, call (916) 452-2671.
The City of Sacramento’s Neighborhood Services is hosting three community meetings on February 21st, February 22nd, and March 3rd at the Fruitridge Community Collaborative, Bartley Cavanaugh Golf Course, and KVIE Community Room respectively and is inviting all associations, neighbors, communities, youth, organizations, businesses, and overall networks to partake in a discussion about the economic future of Sacramento.
Sacramento Neighborhood Services believes that the only way change and improvement can happen is if they hear from as many Sacramento residents, business owners and organizations as possible and that these meetings are critical to help develop the model that the City of Sacramento uses to create prosperous neighborhoods and thriving business corridors.
At each of these dates, an engaging discussion is to be held with group exercises, voting opportunities, and a chance to voice your concern on what you believe your neighborhood and City of Sacramento needs. Light refreshments will be provided by local businesses.
“I think civic engagement is critical and it looks like they’re doing a good job reaching out to the community. There’s plenty of notice and the three different options is convenient,” said Alex Dash, a concerned resident of the Sacramento county. “My big question is: what action has been taken from prior community meetings and how will they follow up on the input they receive from these upcoming meetings?”
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For more information, you may call or e-mail the Interim Division Manager of Sacramento Neighborhood Services, Kriztina Palone, at (916) 808-2260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On January 10th, 2018, the American Journal of Public Health, a team of public health, nutrition, and policy researchers from New York University and Tufts University, published a paper to figure out how feasible it would be for the government to impose taxes on unhealthy foods. The researchers concluded that it’s definitely possible and they recommend putting a tax on junk food to encourage consumers to choose a healthier alternative. This tax doesn’t just make people pay more for junk food but rather it also discourages people from consuming them altogether.
The taxes derived from junk food would be invested in public health purposes, especially to help low-income citizens who may not have healthy food resources in their communities. The authors of this report were hopeful that this research could provide state and local governments with insights and frameworks of the public health benefits of taxing junk food. However, many people have noted that these taxes on junk food may need local support in order to bring awareness to the situation and to affect change.
Despite this feasible plan, many people doubt that the federal government will willingly support this due to the lack of political capital and the extensive lobbying that goes against it. A tax on junk food would negatively affect the food industry and the industry itself is known to be assertive when protecting their profits. Other than influential lobbying practices, the food industry was also known for promoting ‘industry-funded junk science’ that largely supported their position and interests.
“The food industry has a very strong lobbying component. They would join together and lobby against this,” said Jennifer Pomeranz, an Assistant Professor of Public Health Policy and Management at New York University. “Industry opposition to public health policies, in general, has been very successful.”
In 2015, Coca-Cola, stapled as “the world’s largest producer of sugary beverages”, promoted a science-based solution to solve obesity: a focus on exercise rather than worrying about the amount of what people eat or drink. Of course, health experts said that this message was misleading and also part of an effort by Coca-Cola to deflect criticism about the role of sugary drinks in contributing to obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
A counter-march to the widely promoted MLK walk was held in Sacramento, hosted by Black Lives Matter and other groups who took issue with the people message behind the larger rally.
2017 has certainly been a tragic and frightful year for many people. Two of the most deadly mass shootings occurred a month from each other. One happened in Las Vegas on October 1st, leaving 58 people dead and 546 people injured, and the other happened in Texas on November 5th, leaving 26 people dead. These are just some of the many results of the ultimate problem: gun violence.
In the United States, one person dies from gun violence every fifteen minutes and a large factor that contributes to this would be the amount of gun ownership, which is more than 300 million. For every 100 people, an estimated own a firearm. Because of the substantial amount of firearms that exist, many people have instead been advocating for gun regulation instead of gun bans. Previous attempts to ban guns have seemed to contribute to an increase in gun sales when gun owners get worried. Therefore, there have been constant efforts to make firearms safer, to limit access to firearms, and to pass laws that regulate firearms. This has been proven to be effective when considering strong gun regulation laws in California where an estimate of 7 per 100,000 people have died from gun violence compared to weak gun regulations in Alaska where an estimate of 20 per 100,000 people has died from gun violence.
It’s important to note that mass shootings are not the main cause of death from guns. In 2016, an estimated 22,000 people died from gun suicide, about 11,760 people died from homicides, 589 perpetrators were killed by victims in self-defense, and 456 people were killed in mass shootings. Even though mass shootings cannot be prevented, a lot of unnecessary deaths can be avoided if access to firearms is limited and regulated by strong gun laws. Strong gun laws have been shown to make a difference. In 1995, Connecticut passed stronger gun laws and their gun homicide rates decreased by 40% and their gun suicide rates decreased by 15%. However, in 2007, Missouri repealed some gun laws and their gun homicide rates rose by 25% and their gun suicide rates rose by 16%. The numbers don’t lie – stronger gun laws lead to less gun-related homicides and suicides.
Gun violence is a serious problem in which we should all acknowledge as a society. Several factors came into play in the mass shootings of this year, which are starting to seemingly occur like clockwork, but it is undeniably coherent that, in order to make our community less vulnerable to gun-related deaths, we must support safer firearms, limited access to firearms, and laws that effectively regulate firearms.
DO/LOVE/LIVE hosted a Veterans Day Community Party at McKinley Park and AccessLocal.TV was there to relay the ambitions and thoughts of two organizers.
Salutations. In case if you haven’t watched the video above already, my name is Nathaniel Lapid and I’m a new member of the Neighborhood News Correspondent team. I am currently 17 years old and I attend Sacramento Charter High School. I moved into Sacramento in 2011 and have lived here ever since. Before Sacramento, I lived in Stockton, Lodi, and San Diego.
When I attended my first middle school in Sacramento, I noticed that the general behavior and diction of my fellow classmates were different from the small-town community I was from. Nonetheless, I eventually adapted to my new environment and became familiar with the interactions and meanings of my classmates. From there, I befriended my first and long-time friend and we now attend the same high school.
At my high school, I have taken part in many clubs in order to be more active in the community. I was a member of the Drama Club, the Strategic Gaming Club, and the Restorative Justice League (also known as Peer Court). I am currently a member of Key Club and the Chess Club. I enjoyed being in these clubs because it gave me a chance to establish connections and to learn about my high school and the casual demeanor of my peers.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing video games, practicing the piano, and riding my bike around the neighborhood. In my video game community, I have established informal online organizations for gamers so that many of them would unite under a common, and admittedly an ultimately trivial, cause. However, I have used the time to also sharpen my skills in organizing events and effectively communicating with my associates.
My community is very special to me. I live on Lemon Hill Avenue, between 65th Street and Stockton Boulevard, directly across from Will C. Wood Middle School. I know only a few people who live close by my apartment, but yet, I feel connected to all the people who live on my street. Every time I walk my dog, I say hello to everyone I come across. Sometimes I receive the salutation back, sometimes I receive silence. It is that latter sound that drives me to improve my community.
Many people in my community are apathetic. That does not mean that they are bad people. However, it is a lot harder for me to bring change because of this. The street I live on is often filled with trash. When I tried to organize a community clean-up recently, many of my neighbors pushed me away. I felt like giving up against the odds. Fortunately, I have friends that reminded me that I should not give up. One of them reminded me that falling victim to the same apathy that fell upon my community would only make things worse. Another reminded me of how far I had come in organizing my event.
Thanks to them, I was able to make my community clean-up possible.
My community extends far beyond the boundary of my street. It transcends physical distance and extends to the people who support me in what I do. Not only do they support me, but point out my flaws so I can improve myself. My community is made from the people who are willing to struggle with me against great odds. I am thankful for my friends and my community.