Monthly Archives: January 2015

Healthy Kids Make Better Learners: California Schools Are Connecting Families to Health Coverage

26 Jan
by Teri Burns, Sr. Director of Policy & Programs We are less than a month away to the enrollment deadline for Covered California, our statewide health insurance marketplace, and schools across California are taking action to connect families to affordable health coverage. ALL IN For Health, a project of The Children’s Partnership, is working with education leaders to inform all eligible families about and enroll individuals in health coverage options. Schools touch the lives of millions of families every day...

May I have a glass of water?

20 Jan
by Nathaniel Browning, Policy and Programs Officer Having to ask for a glass of water at California restaurants is becoming commonplace. In light of the ongoing drought, many restaurants have adopted a policy of not automatically setting out water unless patrons request it. But consider a scenario in which you would be required to get up from the table and walk to the nearest water fountain, wait in line with all the other diners, and take sips from an unappealing...

Health Literacy: Calling for a Confluence of Effort

12 Jan
by S. Todd Stolp, Tuolumne County Health Officer In 2004 the Institute of Medicine defined health literacy as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” But today the term includes much more. In a world with an unlimited number of confusing messages complicating our efforts to make responsible personal health decisions, health literacy has become a critical part of survival. As we update...

Responding to the Drought

5 Jan
by Nathaniel Browning, Policy & Programs Officer You would have to be living under a very dry rock to not realize California is currently experiencing a fourth consecutive year of drought, the worst in recorded history and one that could last decades. School districts across the state are experiencing drying wells, providing students with bottled water instead of tap, and seeing football fields turn into dustbowls. With these issues at hand, Local Educational Agencies are in immediate need of retrofitting...