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Ventura County

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In the fields of Calif.'s Ventura County, some workers only speak Mixteco. The cultural and language barriers make it difficult for them to access health care. Reporter Julio Vaqueiro Borbolla tells the story of how he went about the difficult task of gaining their trust and telling their stories.

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Oxnard and surrounding Ventura County grow more than 630 million pounds of strawberries a year. The pesticides that growers depend on—a revolving roster of caustic and highly volatile chemicals called fumigants—are among the most toxic used in agriculture.

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Beaches, sunshine, natural beauty, high-priced homes. In so many ways, Ventura County embodies the affluent, laid-back lifestyle of California’s coastal regions....

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When freelance reporter Kit Stolz began reporting on the obesity disparity between two towns in Ventura County, he found officials in one town happy to talk while those in the other where hard to get on the line. In this post, he shares some of his missteps and lessons learned along the way.

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In Ventura County, which lies just north of Los Angeles in the sprawl of Southern California, great wealth -- in towns such as Thousand Oaks or Ojai -- can be found not far from great desperation, in towns such as Oxnard or Santa Paula.  

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Thousands of indigenous people from Mexico exist in extreme poverty in California — the second largest concentration of those workers are nestled in Ventura County. Because many of them are living in the country illegally, they typically don’t have access to health care or farmworker housing.

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California supplies most of the nation’s strawberries with more grown in Oxnard than in any other place in the state, according to the USDA. Many of the berries grown in this area are picked by people who face slum living conditions, back-breaking labor, pesticide exposure and limited health care.

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At a Planned Parenthood clinic near Salinas, farm workers who plan to have children in the near future are learning to protect themselves against pesticide exposure on the job. "This is dangerous work," said Jessica Dieseldorff, a nurse practitioner who's heading up the pilot education program.

 

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Patrice Esseff is a regional coordinator for Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, one of the largest social service providers in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties since 1919. Clients come for emergency food and shelter, low-cost before-and-after-school childcare, immigration and refugee assistance, psychological services, computer and jobs skills training, and other supportive services. All services are available regardless of a client's race, ethnicity, income, gender or religious belief. Esseff coordinates with St.

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Senior Wellness Case Management Program works jointly with St. John's Regional Medical Center's wellness program to serve senior citizens in Ventura County.

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