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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A recent survey says that many of the brightest, young minds at University of California campuses do not have access to high quality, nutritious food.
My name is Michael Martinez and I am from Antelope, California. I enjoy writing and dogs. I turned 21 back in May, which makes me a millennial.
To me, being a millennial is something to be proud of. While some may think the millennials don’t have anything figured out, their future or goals, that’s fine.
I am a proud millennial and for a while I had no clue what my future held. Growing up in a community that encouraged sports, my greatest passions revolved around that. I played them all, but baseball was my true love.
As I grew up, I had no plans to become a lawyer or a doctor, my furthest goal was to get a scholarship to play college baseball. But after a knee injury that sidelined me for the last two years of high school, everything changed.
Since my injury in 2012, I have grown more as a person than ever before. Not only did I learn perseverance, but I figured out how to deal with dramatic change.
After my sports hopes diminished, I found new ways to get involved on campus through school clubs and student government. Luckily for me, I had my two parents and older sister cheering me on to be great. Fortunately, my academics along with extra curricular activities got me admitted into UC Davis.
Heading into Davis as a psychology major, I still had no plan on what I wanted to do. But that was okay, I was prepared to grow over the next four years.
When I got to Davis, I did something I never thought I would do when I joined a fraternity. However, joining Chi Phi was the easiest and best decision I have made to this day.
Not only have I made many friendships, but I’ve grown as a person. By watching and talking sports all the time with my Brothers, my passion for sports resurfaced. And since winter of 2015, I am no longer a millennial without a plan. My passion has led me to pursue a career in sports journalism.
In order to make that happen, I started writing for the The California
Aggie, a student run newspaper, and about the Sacramento Kings for a couple websites. Now, I chose to venture into other aspects of reporting and journalism with Access Sacramento. I know that this opportunity will give me experience in a fun and exciting way.
I can’t wait to look back on my career as a journalist and remember that Access Sacramento was one of my first big breaks.
2014 has been one of the driest years for California since 1906. California’s well system is drying up and our reservoirs are at record lows. The state and cities are scrambling to create awareness among residents using campaigns like ” Gold is the new Green” to reduce the amount of water used for landscape purposes.
Responding to Drought: New Solutions for Sustainable Cities was a set of presentations held at the West Sacramento Community Center on Friday July 18th. The presentation was meant to give background on the drought and give insight on how other communities have dealt with it.
“About now, the middle of July, this is when things are going to become undone,” stated Debbie Davis of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. “This is when we will have communities that will come up without water because we don’t necessarily have the science to understand how the system functions under these conditions because we’ve never experienced them before.”
Recently, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into action a drought task force to find solutions for communities and industries. This task force will need multi-agency coordination to come to fruition. The task force’s aim is to ask cities about their strategies and then work with the cities to improve them. Throughout her presentation, Davis emphasized that most solutions to this drought will come from local governments.
“Australia has dealt with droughts for years, ” says Andy Lipkis founder of Tree People. “All of the things that are done for their water conservation is not impeding on their quality of life. Happiness and water conservation are not mutually-exclusive”.
In a span of a few years Australia was able to cut their water usage from 106 gallons per person per day (ppd) to 36ppd by restricting their outdoor water use. Outdoor water use is one of the biggest ways that Californians use water, and it is the easiest way to cut usage.
Putting Youth On The Map (PYOM) is a 4-week training program presented by the UC Davis Center for Regional Change at the SCUSD Serna Center. Participants learn how to create and analyze data maps. The data maps can be used for a variety of reasons. Many youth do not know the importance of data maps or how there may be biases hidden in data maps. PYOM aims to give youth the tools to be critical of data maps, and other forms of charts.
Community members who have experienced life and death medical issues because of a lack of interpretation, along with those who have had effective communication save lives, are taking to the road to ask Methodist Hospital and UC Davis Medical Center to support federal funding for interpreters. The visits seek to garner the support of these institutions for more interpreting resources and a delegation of Vietnamese, Russian, Mien, Hmong, and Arabic speakers will deliver letters to the CEO of each to that effect.
Not having interpreters easily leads to serious negative health outcomes. Sacramento resident Houa Vang, a Hmong-speaker, believes his son would not have lost sight in his left eye had an interpreter been available in July 2012. The tour begins with delivering a letter to Methodist Hospital and will end at UC Davis urging greater dialogue with the community and public support for interpreter funding from the hospital. As the Affordable Care Act is poised to add 3 Million new non-native patients to the Health Care System of California, community members are bringing attention to the critical need to have medical interpretive services available at all hospitals. Currently there are not enough interpreters available and families are forced to bring their own interpreters, often meaning children interpret. In other situations doctors use janitors, cooks and others who are not medically qualified to communicate with patients.
UC Davis Medical Center and Methodist Hospital alike face gaps in coverage that additional resources could address, even for more commonly spoken languages. Last year Spanish-speaker Maria Rangel describes that “When the [UC Davis] doctor came I told her two or three times ‘I need an interpreter so you know what’s going on with me.” The doctor did not listen.”
When: Thursday – August 1, 2013 at Noon Where: UC Davis Medical Center: 2315 Stockton Blvd Sacramento, CA 95817
By Aileen Chhen
Foothill High School student, age 17
In January of 2012, the Educational Talent Search (ETS) program of UC Davis was introduced to Foothill High School. ETS serves to help students identify and reach their future educational and career goals by providing the resources and guidance needed to be successful in their quest for college. ETS has made a profound impact on our students and continues to do so.
When beginning the program, Mr. Taili L. Mugambee, the Program Advisor for Foothill High School, was able to automatically connect with numerous students, as many of his past struggles are similar to the hardships students are currently facing. Through words of inspiration, Mr. Mugambee has helped students see the value of pursuing a college education.
“Many of the students that attend Foothill High come from families where they will be the first to experience the life of college and the reward of a degree. To be the first means to pave the way for those behind you. Your dream career may not exist in your mind yet, but as we work together, you begin to understand where your true interests lie, and we will build from there. The investment in your educational career will be one of the most important and sustaining investments you’ll make in your life,” he says.
ETS has given tremendous assistance to seniors preparing for college. Over the summer, ETS offered “Senior Prep Day” at UC Davis, in which students were given insight for how be prepared for their future. Students were given many useful tips of what colleges expect in the personal statement and how to write an essay that effectively represents their life story. The ETS program leaders also answered a number of questions regarding college admissions and deadlines, financial aid, and preparation for the SAT and ACT.
Darya Tsakke, an ETS student, described the impact that the ETS program has had on her educational goals.
“ETS is your best buddy in high school and your backbone during college.” says Tsakke. “The ever-inspiring Mr. Mugambee himself believes in every single person’s potential, and his face displays pride for students who have grown under the program. His words are so inspiring that they completely change the very atmosphere you’re in. The money you get to keep in your pockets from all the financial help is mind-boggling. Being in this program changes your entire outlook on the world, and you get to experience firsthand the world beyond Foothill High when you travel outside of school to magnificent university campuses such as Stanford and San Jose State.”
As the deadline for college applications looms near, students should be extremely grateful to have the ETS program. As students frantically submit their personal statements to Mr. Mugambee for proofreading and repeatedly visit his office to ask questions, we realize how grateful we are to have a counselor who is not only inspiring in words but extremely dedicated in ensuring that each student receives the quality guidance they need to be successful in their aspirations.
Featured photo by Dasha Tsakke.
Studies and research shows that being a man of color puts you more at a high risk in drug use, dropping out of school, incarcerations and even death. The Boys and Men of Color project, funded by the California Endowment, came together with various men and women in the Sacramento community to plan a jump-start event, a summit. With their efforts, 100 young men will gather on July 12th at UC Davis to discuss and the foul conditions they live with. They will reach out with open hands and ideas to make a difference in education, safety and health. These young men will become and make our change.
David Ansell will speak in Sacramento on his experiences at Cook County Hospital in Chicago — the inspiration for the crisis-driven hospital portrayed on the hit TV show “ER” — and how it shaped his career as a physician and activist dedicated to expanding access to quality health care for the poor.
The lecture takes place Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the UC Davis Cancer Center auditorium, 4501 X St. in Sacramento, with a reception for the speaker at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ansell’s lecture — “County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital” — is based on his book, a social history of the underfunded public hospital in urban Chicago where most of the city’s uninsured came for treatment before it closed in 2002. Today, Ansell is an internist, chief medical officer and vice president of clinical affairs at Rush University Medical Center. What he witnessed early in his career still inspires him to fight for patients’ rights and access to quality health care.
During his lecture, Ansell will highlight the lessons of Cook County Hospital that he believes could help eliminate persistent gaps in care based on ability to pay. He is currently promoting “Medicare for all,” a single-payer system that he believes would remove coverage discrepancies and improve access to preventive care.
“Dr. Ansell worked for nearly two decades in a system that was fragile and broken yet he still found a way to make significant changes, including launching a breast-cancer screening program,” said Kay Nelsen, an associate professor of family and community medicine and the faculty sponsor for the lecture. “He continues to effectively merge his roles as a physician and activist to ensure that disparities are minimized and that all patients receive the basic care that everyone deserves.”
Ansell’s lecture is sponsored by the UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Snively Visiting Professorship.
George Snively was chair of the UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine during the formative years of the family-practice discipline. The visiting professorship was established following his death to honor his outstanding leadership, passion for training the next generation of primary-care clinicians and dedication to providing the community with opportunities to hear from leading minds in primary care.
The UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine provides comprehensive, compassionate and personal care for patients within the context of family and community. The medical team integrates a humanistic approach to treating the “whole person” with evidence-based care. Special areas of faculty research are health-behavior change, physician-patient communication, chronic-illness care, women’s health issues, and reducing racial and ethnic health disparities. For information, visit www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/famcommed.
Sacramento Area Mixed Media Artists On Display
Mark your calendar for May 19th, 2012, the 5th anniversary of Outside The Box. In January, while we are all just recovering from holiday cheer, 100 Northern California Artists from Sacramento to Lake Tahoe will stop by the Placer Arts Gallery at 808 Lincoln Way in Downtown Auburn to pick up a plain wooden box.
Their assignment is to transform the box into a mixed media work of art. They have two months to ‘be the box’, discover their muse, and create a piece of art worthy of their legacy. At the end of March these art pieces will be lovingly presented to the Gallery, carefully photographed and displayed for you to view beginning April 12th during the first Auburn Art Walk of the season.
Visual Presentation Professor Emeritus (UC Davis) Dolph Gotelli judged last year’s event (and is rumored to be a participating artist this year). He selected artists based upon the overall impact, the artist’s command of the media and the message it communicated:
• Best of Show was awarded to Nancy Hakala’s “After the Quake”
• Most Outside the Box was awarded to Traci Owens for “Between the Lines”
• Most Original and Imaginative was awarded to J. Randall Smith for “Towhee Box”
• Honorable Mentions were awarded to Brad Baldwin and Wade Martindale for “Super Nova and to Carlagaye Olson for “Is There More To Life Than Can Be Seen with the Naked Eye”
This year’s Boxes can be viewed at the Placer Arts Gallery, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA beginning April 12th (First Auburn Art Walk of the season).
*April 12th – Gallery opens to public at 4PM. Silent auction bidding begins
*April 27th – Celebrate Your Taste (Meet the Artists) event
*May 19th – Live Auction with wine and music to be held at the Gallery