On August 12th the Health Equity Action Team held a press conference outside the Guild Theater in Oak Park to address UC Davis’ decision to abruptly stop accepting Medi-Cal patients. Thousands of families were left without reasonably close medical care, and now have to travel almost two hours to San Francisco to even pick up prescription medication.
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With the city and state still struggling to provide affordable health care for its residents, many in the area are working to get California covered, or at least spread the word and educate those in the state with no or inadequate health insurance. On Saturday, May 30th, the Joe Mims Jr. Hagginwood Community Center is hosting a Health and Wellness Fair, with some notable politicians and community leaders planning to attend.
The fair, scheduled from 8 am to noon, will include important services like food distribution, information about Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare”, and additional resources on health and wellness.
Among those who are attending this free event is State Senator Richard Pan, himself a doctor, health educator, and advocate for expanding health care. Other prominent local politicians like Supervisor Phil Serna, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, and Councilmember Jeff Harris will join him.
Though the fair is over at 12 pm, free eye exams are available by appointment until 4. This “comprehensive” exam also includes a free pair of glasses if needed.
“There is nothing more important than your own wellness and I want to help you and your family get and stay healthy,” says Senator Pan. “I hope you check out my health fair where I will bring a number of resources together under one roof with one goal in mind: to give you the tools you need to stay healthy.”
Anyone who needs more information on the Affordable Care Act or other health care resources is encouraged to attend the Community Health and Wellness Fair, speak with your community leaders, and possibly leave with a free pair of glasses.
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On Tuesday, April 28th, at the office of California Senator, Dr. Richard Pan, produce stand owners will have the opportunity to get the proper authorization to accept EBT cards at their stands, essentially bypassing the usual 45 to 60 day waiting period.
The event is a onetime only occurrence, made possible by the San Francisco branch of the United States Department of Agriculture, who heard from Sacramento representatives the city’s predicament. With the passing of the recent urban ag ordinance locals now have the ability to sell homegrown fruits and vegetables to other members of the community.
An issue arose when officials realized that a significant percentage of the population who was hoping to benefit from the ordinance can’t due to financial restrictions. According to Statistical Atlas, over 12 percent of Sacramento residents are on food stamps. Those same people are often a part of Sacramento’s obese population as well.
The link between low income and weight gain has been widely documented. In a recent study involving more than 6000 adults, the Food Research and Action Center found that “those with low wages had increased BMI as well as an increased chance of being obese.”
Kids born into low income families run the same risk of growing up overweight. Almost 40 percent of Sacramento’s kids are overweight, 12 percent higher than the state average.
“The solution: increase access to healthy produce in the neighborhoods where folks need it most,” said Amber Stott, Founding Executive Director at the Sacramento Food Literacy Center. “When produce is picked and eaten at its ripest, families are more likely to fall in love with the flavors. When it’s also easy to access right in your neighborhood, it is more likely to become the first-choice foods that families grab to eat.”
Allowing farm stands to accept EBT cards will provide new healthy food options for people who don’t have a lot to choose from. “Secondly, many farmers benefit when EBT payment is an option–sometimes as much as one-third of their sales in farmers markets can come from EBT,” said Stott
The event will run from 9 am to 2 pm in the Obama room of the South Sac District office. Anyone needing to sign up is encouraged to attend.
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Cable TV broadcaster Access Sacramento presents more than 20 hours of original voter information and education forums over the next two weeks to conclude its run up to California’s General Election Tuesday Nov. 4.
Hometown TV crews recorded beginning-to-end coverage of three separate candidate and issues forums for broadcast on Access Sacramento this month.
Information about Sacramento’s Strong Mayor proposal Measure L was sponsored by Eye on Sacramento and by the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA) organization.
Two separate multi-hour candidate forums also were recorded sponsored by APAPA and by the United Latinos organization.
Access Sacramento programs can be seen on Comcast and Consolidated Communications (SureWest) cable channel 17, AT&T U-Verse channel 14 and on the Internet from AccessSacramento.org
The Latino Voter’s Forum is a great way to get involved with the democratic process and provide a vehicle to assist in their commitment to achieve a higher representation of community voices. During this two-part Hometown program, candidates and supporters talk about US Congress & Statewide Offices, Propositions/Local Measures, State Senate & State Assembly, Sacramento County Community College Boards, SMUD Races, School and Board races with a keynote presentation from Cruz Reynoso. For more information visit www.unitedlatinos.org
|Latinos Part 1||Sat. Nov. 1||2:30 pm|
|Latinos Part 2||Sat. Nov. 1||6 pm|
|Latinos Part 1||Sun. Nov. 2||6:30 am|
|Latinos Part 2||Sun. Nov. 2||10 am|
The APAPA programs were designed to educate and inform newly established Asian and Pacific Islander American citizens and to encourage civic participation of the current fastest growing immigrant community in the country. Forums like this provide an opportunity to engage and educate each of us on the important issues in our communities.
Part 1 Opening Ceremony, Public Service Award, and Individual Candidate Statements. Primary Speakers: 2014 Public Service Award Winner Jimmie Yee, and CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen
|APAPA Part 1||Sun. Oct. 26||2pm|
|APAPA Part 1||Sun. Nov. 2||3 pm|
Part 2 Congressional Candidates Debate
7th District Candidates: Ami Bera (D-Incumbent), Doug Ose (R-Candidate)
|APAPA Part 2||Sun. Oct. 26||3pm|
|APAPA Part 2||Sun. Nov. 2||4 pm|
Candidates: Roger Dickinson (D-Candidate), Richard Pan (D-Candidate)
|APAPA Part 3||Sun. Oct. 26||3:45 p.m.|
|APAPA Part 3||Sun. Nov. 2||4:45 pm|
Part 4 State Assembly Candidates Debate
Candidates: District 7: Steve Cohn (D-Candidate); District 8: Ken Cooley (D-Incumbent), Doug Haaland (R-Candidate); District 9: Darrell Fong (D-Candidate), Jim Cooper (D-Candidate)
|APAPA Part 4||Sun. Oct. 26||10 pm|
|APAPA Part 4||Sun. Nov. 2||5:30 pm|
Part 5 The Debate on City of Sacramento Measure L
Opponents: Heather Fargo (Mayor of Sacramento, 2000-2008), Paula Lee (Co-President, League of Women Voters Sacramento)
Proponents: Maeley Tom (Former Chief Administrative Officer of the State Assembly), Jay Shenirer (City Council Member for District 5)
|APAPA Part 5||Sun. Oct. 26||11:15 pm|
|APAPA Part 5||Sun. Nov. 2||6:45 pm|
Eye on Sacramento Measure L Voter Information
|Measure L||Sun. Oct. 26
|Measure L||Mon. Oct. 27||9 am
|Measure L||Sun. Nov. 2||10 pm|
|Measure L||Mon. Nov. 3||2 pm|
|Measure L||Tue. Nov. 4||6 am|
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