Operational and Statutory Capacity of Local Health Departments in the San Joaquin Valley – Released October 28, 2013.
Despite having some of the state’s highest levels of poverty and poor health outcomes,
the San Joaquin Valley receives less public health funding from state and federal
sources than other California counties with similar populations according to a new
report from the San Joaquin Valley Public Health Consortium.
This report is the first to compare the operational capacity of local health departments in eight Valley counties to their peers in California.
Healthy People 2010 – A 2010 Profile of Health Status in the San Joaquin Valley culminates a decade of biannual reports which document the severity of the Valley’s health crises. Following national objectives, established in 2000 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the report tracks health indicator progress in eight valley counties. Findings show that over the last 10 years, there was little to no improvement on key indicators. The reports also demonstrate the range of successful policies and programs that have been piloted around the region during this time. For the most part, however, these initiatives have been tested on a small scale, in isolated communities, and without the broad public engagement needed for coordinated county-wide or regional impact. The report recommends that Fresno and the region adopt a new strategy focused on primary prevention and improving quality of life in under-resourced urban and rural communities.
Place matters for health, and it may be more important than access to health care and health-related behaviors. The Central Valley Health Policy Institute at Fresno State and Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies released a report Wednesday, Feb. 29, comprehensively analyzing links between social, economic and environmental conditions and health in the region. The study examines the relationships between place, race and ethnicity, and health in the San Joaquin Valley of California and attempts to address two specific questions raised by the San Joaquin Valley Place Matters researchers:
- What is the relationship between social factors and premature mortality?
- What is the relationship between social factors and exposure to environmental hazards?
The report demonstrates that neighborhood conditions and the quality of public schools, housing conditions, access to medical care and healthy foods, levels of violence, availability of exercise options, exposure to environmental degradation can powerfully predict who is healthy, who is sick, and who lives longer. And because of patterns of residential segregation, these differences are the fundamental causes of health inequities among different racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. This study examined the relationship between social conditions, environmental factors, and health outcomes in the context of the unique demographic characteristics of the area.
The purpose of this project is to understand the health and prenatal care beliefs, practices, and needs of Hmong women age 18-35 and men age 18-45 in Central California where the largest share of the Hmongs have settled.
Although the displacement of people from their home countries is of growing concern, little attention has been paid to the health care experiences, utilization or outcomes of refugees in the U.S. health care literature. Experiences of refugees are more complex and difficult than those of voluntary immigrants because refugees often experienced trauma in their own country, as well as being forced to leave. Voluntary immigrants most often choose to immigrate willingly in search of a better life. Trauma may further complicate acculturation for refugees and their children as they learn practical skills for survival and construct an identity in the host country (Yakushko, Watson, & Thompson, 2008).
The Impacts of Short-Term Changes in Air Quality on Emergency Room and Hospital Use in California's San Joaquin Valley
The findings of a recent CVHPI study for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District provide important new regional evidence for the public health consequences of air pollution. This study offers the first local evidence of short-term population-level health effects associated with elevations in PM2.5 and ozone for the San Joaquin Valley, demonstrating linear increases in rates of asthma ER and hospital admissions with increasing levels of air pollution, with effects more pronounced for children.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) imposed new requirements on non-profit hospitals. Hospitals must comply with requirements regarding community health needs assessments, financial assistance policies, charges, billing and collections. The nonprofit hospital provisions of PPACA do not exempt any hospitals from its requirements. Thus, hospitals currently exempt from community benefit reporting pursuant to State law (SB 697) must now develop a community health needs assessment and report community benefits. This includes small and rural, children's charitable, public and other hospitals.
This project is the culmination of several years of collaboration between the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California (Community Benefits Managers from six hospitals--Adventist Health-Central Valley Network, Community Medical Centers, Children's Hospital Central California, Kaiser Permanente, Madera Community Hospital, Saint Agnes Medical Center) and the Central Valley Health Policy Institute (CVHPI) at California State University.
This report provides a health "snapshot" of four-county (Fresno, Madera, Kings, and Tulare) using secondary quantitative data and explores needs, strengths, challenges, and identifies priorities for action using primary qualitative data collected in 2 010-2011. In collaboration with the Hospital Council, we identified a set of community health indicators, drawing on the Healthy People 2010 and other national and state-level projects. The indicators focus on determinants of health (economic conditions, health care access, and health behaviors), prevalence of chronic conditions, and health outcomes (morbidityÑas measured by hospital use, and mortality) and were examined from both quantitative and qualitative perspectives.
The purpose of this community needs assessment was to identify the health and psychosocial service and access needs of residents who live in Arvin, Lamont, and Weedpatch, California. These three rural communities were targeted based on their high levels of poverty, environmental problems, and known health disparities.
Steve Chooljian, M.D., John A. Capitman, Ph.D.,
Mohammad Rahman, Ph.D. , Kudzai Nyandoro, B.S.
The Effectiveness of a Promotora Health Education Model for Improving Latino Health Care Access in California's Central Valley (Full Report)Promotoras de salud, also referred to as lay health advisors or Community Health Workers (CHWs), have been used to target hard-to reach populations, traditionally excluded racial/ethnic groups, and other medically underserved communities. Promotoras serve as the cultural bridge between community-based organizations, health care agencies, and their respective communities. Our innovative effort uses CHWs as promoters of health care access. Promotoras focus on increasing enrollment in health insurance programs, receipt of preventive care services, establishing a usual source of care and improve self-efficacy.
Promotoras: Lessons Learned on Improving Healthcare Access to Latinos (English) Executive Summary of "The Effectiveness of a Promotora Health Education Model for Improving Latino Health Care Access in California's Central Valley"
Promotoras: Aprendiendo como mejorar acceso al sistema de salud para los Latinos (Spanish) Executive Summary of "The Effectiveness of a Promotora Health Education Model for Improving Latino Health Care Access in California's Central Valley"
This report is intended to support the ongoing planning efforts of The California Endowment Building Healthy Communities (BHC) sites in the San Joaquin Valley by beginning a regional conversation about currently available data and additional data needed to support planning and implementation of the BHC strategic initiatives.
Expansion of telemedicine in the San Joaquin Valley has been slower compared to California's coastal areas. This study explored possible barriers in the adoption of telemedicine in this region by conducting several in-depth interviews of healthcare managers and practitioners. Several factors were identified as major barriers to adoption of telemedicine. It was found that factors such as, uncertainty about the benefits of telemedicine, unclear profit prospects and lack of clarity in existing 'practice' and 'labor' regulations act as major disincentives to health care providers in adoption decisions. Another notable barrier tied to the region that dissipates telemedicine adoption is the unique contractual arrangement that exists between part-time specialist physicians and the management at some healthcare facilities. Along with the provision of financial assistance, the healthcare providers in this region need to be educated on telemedicine practice guidelines. Special emphasis needs to be put on developing telemedicine business models that cater to regional socio-economic and cultural realities.
California Program on Access to Care
Undocumented Latinos in the San Joaquin Valley: Health Care Access and Impact on
Safety Net Providers
John A. Capitman, Diana Traje, and Tania L. Pacheco
California has the largest number of undocumented immigrants nationwide. Out of the estimated 11.6 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., about one-quarter--2.7 million undocumented immigrants-- live in California. Furthermore, approximately 280,745 of these immigrants live in the San Joaquin Valley, which is the center of California's fertile agricultural region. This study explores how San Joaquin Valley safety net providers are impacted by serving undocumented Latinos and how immigrant populations, specifically Latinos and to a lesser extent Hmongs, are experiencing care access. Download Report (PDF)
Human Investment Initiative: Mental Health Cluster
First year's Observations, Conclusions and Recommendations
(Fresno Business Coalition publication)
As demonstrated by the success of the Regional Jobs Initiative, our community is in the midst of a fundamental transformation. We are shifting from the expectation that government and single interest advocacy is the answer to our problems to a recognition that solutions will require new approaches, new partnerships and every individual stepping up to take responsibility for the success and well being of all residents. We, not government, are responsible for creating the world we want. In that spirit, the Human Investment Initiative ("HII") was launched in 2007 to address the destructive force of poverty in our neighborhoods and the lack of alignment of our community resources behind shared strategies. One HII task force of private citizens, the Mental Health Cluster ("MHC"), was formed in February 2008 to evaluate mental health services in Central California. At the outset of the effort, the members of the Mental Health Cluster agreed to act in accordance with the Community Values included at the end of this report. These will be important as we take the next steps. Download Report (PDF)
Low-income residents of the Central Valley face limited access to oral health care
due to barriers, including a shortage of dental health professionals, a maldistribution
of services, and a lack of providers willing to accept uninsured or publicly insured
patients. Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) ease access barriers by providing
oral care to underserved populations. In an effort to respond to regional concerns
regarding the shortage of oral health professionals, a survey was conducted to evaluate
the impact of these shortages in the Central Valley.
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Understanding Rural/Urban Differences in Motor Vehicles Fatalities in California's
San Joaquin Valley
Motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) remain a leading cause of injury and death in Central
California's San Joaquin Valley, especially for minority, low-income citizens of rural
communities. Living in a rural location may contribute to one's risk of being in an
MVA. A strong majority (65%) of fatal accidents in the six counties from 2001 to 2005
occurred on rural roads. Public health experts from six counties collaborated to identify
the underlying social and environmental determinants behind the disparities in rural/urban
MVAs. This collaboration was part of the Place Matters national demonstration program,
a national initiative of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Health
Policy Institute to reduce/eliminate health disparities by targeting upstream causes
associated with social determinants of health.
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In 2000, at least 7.9 percent or 103,785 Latinos of all ages living in the eight counties of the San Joaquin Valley (Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare) experienced either serious emotional disturbance (SED) or serious mental illness (SMI). Because of limitations on mental health services and delivery system capacities, it is often hypothesized that a sizable proportion of the population in need of these services are not receiving them. Download Report (PDF)
This report provides an evaluation of the regulatory and public health effectiveness of Rule 4901 as adopted by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District on November 1, 2003. Rule 4901 set in place a 150 AQI-triggered ban on wood burning in areas of the San Joaquin Valley that have natural gas service and are below 3,000 ft elevation. (Download Report)
Aging in the San Joaquin Valley: Present Realities and Future Prospects
This report presents an overview of the demographic,
economic, health and social characteristics of the San
Joaquin Valley's aging population. This report is a first
step in describing the issues and concerns of the older
population. In order to meet current needs and future
demands, it is imperative that we understand the aging
population and lay the framework for developing policies
and programs to meet their needs. Download Report (PDF)
(May 27, 2008) - Researchers from the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at California State University, Fresno released a report today that reveals the Valley is not making progress toward meeting the Healthy People 2010 objectives and is likely to not reach a majority of the target measures by the end of this decade.
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A report released by the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at California State University, Fresno documents the need for San Joaquin Valley residents to understand and be involved in the region's air quality policy landscape.
“The Long Road to Clean Air in the San Joaquin Valley: Facing the Challenge of Public Engagement” provides policymakers and residents with practical recommendations to enhance the public's engagement around air quality policy issues.
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Read the full Air Quality Report (PDF)...
Health Reform 2007: Impact on the Valley
The San Joaquin Valley now has a unique opportunity to influence health policy and
health care reform by giving a voice to the health disparities experienced by its
residents and influencing the negotiations that are ongoing as the health reform debate
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Prenatal Care and Birth Outcomes: Challenges to Growing a More Nurturing San Joaquin Valley - Excecutive Summary
Home Garden Community Assessment
Growing a Healthier San Joaquin Valley: Recommendations for Improving the Public Health and Healthcare Infrastructure. Capitman, J.A., Riordan, D.G., Paul, C.M. (2007).
Health Professional Shortages in the San Joaquin Valley: The Impact on Federally Qualified Health Clinics. Riordan, D.G., Capitman, J.A. (2006). Fresno, CA: California State University, Fresno.
Healthy People 2010: A 2005 Profile of Health Status in the Central San Joaquin Valley. Bengiamin, M., Capitman, J.A., Paul, C.M., Riordan, D.G., and Curtis, K.A. (2005).
SB 2-Health Insurance Act of 2003: Expanding Employment Based Health Insurance in the San Joaquin Valley. Ingvaldson, G., Curtis, K.A., Capitman, J. A., Graham, E. (2004, August).
Health in the Heartland: The Crisis Continues, Health in the Heartland: The Crisis Continues (print and Web versions). Diringer, J., Curtis, K. A., Paul, C. M., Deveau, D. R. (2004). Fresno: California State University, Fresno.
Healthy People 2010: A 2003 Profile of Health Status in the Central San Joaquin Valley. Perez, M., Curtis, K.A. (2003)
Hurting in the Heartland:Access to Healthcare in the San Joaquin Valley - A Report and Recommendations. Diringer J, Ziolkowski C, Paramo, N (1996) Sacramento, CA; Rural Health Advocacy Institute and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation