Latinos

Roseland Community Library
Sonoma County Library

Yesterday on the North Bay Report, we listened in on last week’s meeting of Sonoma LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission), the agency helping to make Santa Rosa’s annexation of Roseland a reality. There’s hope that this unincorporated part of town can grow and prosper under Santa Rosa’s governance, with improved education, health and economic outcomes for its residents. But not everyone in the area favors annexation, as Steve Mencher reports.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Even before the November election, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign generated scores of worried conversations among the Latino workforce in Sonoma County. In a sober press conference Tuesday morning at the Graton Day Labor Center, they shared their conclusions.

Latinos Lag in Mental Health Literacy

Jan 4, 2017

According to a recent study, Latinos trail other segments of the California population in understanding mental illnesses and how they can be treated. But the gap closes as they become acculturated.

Naranjo’s study interviewed 100 subjects, statewide, during the summer of 2014. She explains that her survey asked a series of questions to gauge each person’s awareness and understanding of mental illnesses and their symptoms and treatments.

Examining Racism, Discrimination and Health

Nov 10, 2016

Long before this week’s election results came in, organizers of the annual Latino Health Forum in Santa Rosa had selected as this year’s theme, the health impacts of racism and Discrimination. But current events added new notes of alarm and urgency to the event.

Beyond her insights and analysis into the neurobiological “scripts” that contribute to perpetuating racial inequities, Dr. Jann Murray-Garcia says it is important for health care professionals to exercise their influence and authority to “interrupt” these longstanding social patterns, in schools and beyond.

Getting a First and Close-Up Look at Yosemite

Sep 25, 2016
Jonathan Bravo, LandPaths

For several years, LandPaths has been offering hikes and other outings for Sonoma County’s Latino residents. This weekend, they took that program a big step further.

Heath Insurance Outreach for California Latinos

Jan 8, 2016
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  Despite the gains that have already been made under the Affordable Care Act, California still has the highest number of uninsured residents of any state. A new enrollment effort is focusing on one of the state's most under-represented populations. Suzanne Potter reports.

Activism as a Key to Improving Latinos’ Health

Oct 15, 2015

  Improving community health requires political participation. That was the theme of this year’s Latino Health Conference, which used the Portrait  of Sonoma County as its starting point.

At the Forum, Dr. George Flores from the California Endowment also noted the critical importance of reaching out to the current generation of Latino youth.

  One way to increase such engagement, suggested Oscar Chavez, is to take a cross-generational approach.

Living with Migrant Farmworkers

Dec 2, 2014

  To learn about the harsh realities of a migrant farm worker’s life, researcher Seth Holmes took a first-person approach, living and working alongside them for a season.

The group of farmworkers he joined were willing enough to allow him to work and travel with them, Holmes recounts, but gaining their trust took more than five months.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

For many Mexican immigrants in Sonoma County, President Obama’s moves to relax deportations for millions, while welcome, fell far short of what they had hoped for.

There was widespread speculation about how far-reaching the president’s actions would be, so the final announcement, says Jesus Guzman of the Graton Day Labor Center, was deeply disappointing to many of the workers there.

The chart below, prepared by the Pew Research Center, compares Executive Action on immigration issues by President Obama and other recent Chief Executives.

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  Hispanic children are 1.5 times more likely to be uninsured than other children, and a new report says California is doing better than most states in terms of outreach to their families. Chris Thomas reports.

Addressing Latinos’ Mental Health Needs

Oct 17, 2014

  The overall health needs of California’s Latino population are widely underserved. That shortfall is even greater when it comes to mental health services.

Mental illnesses are not exactly contagious, noted Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at UC Davis, but within families they can be readily shared, especially between parents and children.