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Do you want to better report on drug addiction and treatment? Avoid having Slate’s Jack Shafer feature your work in his Stupid Drug Story of the Week feature? Then follow these 15 tips from veteran journalist Maia Szalavitz.

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As you may have learned about through DiabetesMine today, the Diabetes Hands Foundation (the nonprofit responsible for TuDiabetes, EsTuDiabetes and diabetes awareness programs such as Big Blue Test, No-Sugar Added Poetry and Word In Your Hand) has received a capacity building grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. We wanted to share this great news with the RoH community!

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Zakiya Kyle is the program director for Watts Labor Community Action Committee’s Volunteer Center. The Watts Labor Community Action Committee was founded in 1965 by five volunteers with a shoestring budget and enthusiasm to effect change, and more than 40 years later, the program still thrives on the support, dedication and service of volunteers operating under the “Don’t Move, Improve” philosophy.

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In "LaVonna's World," people in South Los Angeles are able to buy healthy, fresh food at reasonable prices in grocery stores near their homes. They're able to see a specialist when they need to and get the health insurance they need. They don't suffer disproportionately from diseases like diabetes and asthma.

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California’s second most expensive health and human services program, Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, was designed to help the elderly and disabled afford basic necessities. But for many older Californians it's not meeting that goal.

In the first of our two-part series, Senior Insecurity, we’ll look at how the deepest state budget cuts to SSI in a decade have impacted older disabled Californians. A growing number of them can’t afford enough food or are living on the streets. 

 

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Rene Durazzo is vice president of health care communications for The Sheridan Group. Previously, he was vice president of global programs for the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, an affiliate of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. As Pangaea's program director, Durazzo was responsible for overall program development, implementation, evaluation and partnership development. Durazzo began working on HIV in 1987 when he joined the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF).

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Molin Malicay is executive director of the Sonoma County Indian Health Project in Santa Rosa, Calif. Mr. Malicay works directly with project advisors, administrators and staff to ensure quality health care for the American Indian community. Mr. Malicay works closely with the following tribes: Dry Creek Rancheria, Cloverdale, Manchester/Point Arena, Lytton and Stewart's Point. He has worked in the areas of management, planning, training, evaluation and computer application in health and tribal administration. He also is a trained meeting facilitator.

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María Jimenez is director of support programs for Mujeres Unidas y Activas, a San Francisco-based grassroots organization that works toward social justice and immigrant rights in the Latino community. The organization has offices in San Francisco and Oakland, and membership consists of over 300 Latina immigrants.

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Kimberly Belshé was appointed secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in November 2003. Belshé is a member of the governor's cabinet and serves as his chief advisor on health, social services and rehabilitative policies. Belshé manages an agency of almost 33,000 employees, with a total state budget of about $70 billion. The agency oversees 11 state departments and one board that are responsible for providing Californians with health, developmental, mental, rehabilitative, social and other critical services.

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Joshua M. Wiener, PhD, Senior Fellow and program director of aging, disability, and long-term care, appointed June 2003, is the author or editor of 8 books and over 100 articles on health care for older people, people with disabilities, long-term care, Medicaid, health reform, health care rationing, and maternal and child health. He is currently involved in studies of Medicaid home and community-based services, the long-term care workforce, quality assurance for long-term care, and projection and simulation models for long-term care. Dr. Wiener is co-director of the U.S.

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