Long-Term Care: A survey conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research at the School of Public Health and the SCAN Foundation found that a majority of California residents are unprepared to pay for long-term health care. News coverage included an Aug. 15th Los Angeles Times editorial; Aug. 16th articles in Consumer Affairs, Inland News Today, the Sacramento Bee and Examiner; and Aug. 17th in NBC San Diego and a segment on KNSD-TV (San Diego). Steven Wallace, associate director of the center and professor and chair of community health sciences at the school, was quoted in the Bee.
RESTAURANT GRADES: Dr. Jonathan Fielding, professor of health services at the School of Public Health, was featured in an August 15th Los Angeles Times article finding that the number of Los Angeles County residents hospitalized with food-borne illnesses fell in the year after a restaurant grading system was introduced.
NATIONAL CHILDREN'S STUDY: The World Journal, the largest U.S. Chinese-language daily newspaper, reported Aug. 13th on the National Children's Study, which aims to gather research on how environmental factors affect child health. Dr. Michael Lu, lead investigator for the study's local center, associate professor of community health sciences at the School of Public Health and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was quoted.
HIV: Chandra Ford, assistant professor of community health sciences at the School of Public Health, and Vickie Mays, professor of health services at the school, professor of psychology, and director of the UCLA Center for Research, Education, Training and Strategic Communication on Minority Health Disparities, had separate articles in an Aug. 10th op-ed section of the New York Times addressing the urgent need to reduce HIV infection among black gay men.
A study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research at the School of Public Health was cited in an August 17th KSEE-TV (Fresno) news segment showing that California teenagers who live or attend school in areas with high concentrations of junk-food outlets are more likely to consume fast food and soda, which have been linked to obesity and diabetes.
An Aug. 16th Sacramento Bee article about California's Health Benefit Exchange, a new marketplace for health care plans with subsidies for lower-income residents, cites a study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research at the School of Public Health estimating the number of state residents that will receive coverage through the exchange and other provisions of the health care reform law.
Dr. Michael Lu, associate professor of community health sciences at the School of Public Health and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was quoted Aug. 16th in Diverse about a partnership with the University of Wisconsin to reduce black infant deaths.
Yifang Zhu, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the School of Public Health, was quoted Aug. 11th by the Sacramento Bee about the notable drop in air pollution during the recent 36-hour closure of the 405 freeway.
William McCarthy, professor of health services at the School of Public Health, was quoted in an Aug. 8th Orange County Register column offering tips on safe and healthy meat-grilling.