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Creating conditions to support healthy people: State policies that affect the health of undocumented immigrants and their families

April 1, 2015

This report focuses on policies that affect the social determinants of health—the circumstances into which people are born, grow up, live, work, and age—and that impact immigrants' ability to live healthy lives. It reviews laws and regulations created through ballot initiatives, legislation, or administrative decisions that determine the benefits, rights, or resources for undocumented immigrants. The aims of this report are to identify a range of inclusive and exclusive state policies that directly or indirectly impact the health of undocumented immigrants; create a framework for assessing the level of inclusion of state policies; and identify policies that can be changed to improve the ability of undocumented workers and their families to have healthy lives.

More than Half a Million Older Californians Fell Repeatedly in the Past Year

November 1, 2014

The capacity of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers is being shaped to address falls, and there is even universal design education.  There are tools, media toolkits, and online resources.  Nationally there is a Falls Prevention Awareness Day, and in California, there is fall prevention awareness week. The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research published a detailed health policy brief with policy suggestions to help reduce the risk of falls.

Independence at Risk: Older Californians With Disabilities Struggle to Remain at Home as Public Supports Shrink

December 6, 2011

Presents findings about aging Californians with disabilities who depend on paid public programs and unpaid help to live at home. Makes policy recommendations, including consolidating long-term care programs and enhancing support for caregivers.

The Health Status and Unique Health Challenges of Rural Older Adults in California

June 14, 2011

Examines the demographics, health, and levels of physical activity and food insecurity of rural seniors compared with those of urban and suburban seniors. Outlines environmental and social risk factors that require context-specific policies and programs.

The Health of Aging Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults in California

March 29, 2011

Examines rates of diabetes, hypertension, poor mental health, physical disability, and fair or poor self-reported health status among homosexual adults ages 50 to 70 compared with their heterosexual peers. Recommends enhancing policies and practices.

Holding On: Older Californians With Disabilities Rely on Public Services to Remain Independent

January 31, 2011

Presents findings from a study of low-income older Californians with disabilities receiving Medicare, Medi-Cal, and In-Home Supportive Services; their unmet physical, mental health, and social needs; and limited care options. Outlines policy implications.

Health of American Indian and Alaska Native Elders in California

June 30, 2010

Analyzes the health risks, health status, and utilization of and access to health services among American Indians/Alaska Natives age 55 and older in California, as well as trends in demographics and underlying factors including economic security.

Chronic Conditions of Californians: 2007 California Health Interview Survey

March 13, 2010

Updates indices and maps on the prevalence of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and psychological distress in adults and asthma and fair to poor health status in children. Analyzes access to care and demographics of the chronically ill.

Half a Million Older Californians Living Alone Unable to Make Ends Meet

February 24, 2009

Presents findings on the economic security of Californians age 65 and older, using the 2007 Elder Index, with a focus on those living alone. Analyzes data by race/ethnicity, gender, age, and county and compares income levels with the federal poverty line.

Trends in the Health of Older Californians: Data From the 2001, 2003 and 2005 California Health Interview Surveys

November 10, 2008

Analyzes trends in the health status and use of preventive services among Californians age 65 and over by race/ethnicity, insurance type, and region. Reports rises in doctor visits and in cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, and other illnesses.

The Elder Economic Security Standard(TM) Index for California, 2007: County Amounts, Comparisons and Components

February 1, 2008

Provides county-by-county data on how much income retirees need to make ends meet, how it compares with the Federal Poverty Line, and by how much the maximum Supplemental Security Income payment and average Social Security payment each fall short.

Women, Health and Aging: Building a Statewide Movement

May 1, 2007

Provides an overview of current policy and program environments that affect the state's most vulnerable elder population, and considers some effective strategies to address the growing needs of older persons in California.