Brown Signs Bill to Uncover Health Disparities in API Communities

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Sep 29, 2016

A bill to disaggregate health data on Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in California was signed into law earlier this week.




Environmental Group Sues Dow for Pesticide Pollution

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Sep 23, 2016

An environmental watchdog group is suing the manufacturer of Telone, a soil fumigant that is increasingly replacing the highly toxic pesticide, methyl bromide, for not warning residents living in nearby areas before the pesticide is applied.




Historic Farmworker Overtime Bill Awaits Governor Brown’s Nod

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Aug 30, 2016

The California Assembly passed a bill that would give California farmworkers overtime pay when they work more than eight hours a day.




72% of Previously Uninsured Californians Now Have Health Insurance

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Aug 18, 2016

But the survey found that one ethnic group was under-represented: Latinos.




Many U.S. Black and Hispanic Children Lack Mental Health Care

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Aug 15, 2016

Black and Hispanic children are getting far less treatment for their mental health problems than other groups, says a new national study.




Farmworker Families Learn About Medi-Cal’s Dental and Mental Health Care

New America Media, News Feature, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jul 19, 2016

Many more kids in California’s Central Valley are now eligible for Medi-Cal because of the state’s Health Care for All Kids law – now the trick is to spread the word.




Many Eligible For Prop. 47 Relief Still Need to Apply

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jun 22, 2016

California’s Prop. 47 allows many individuals to change certain felonies into misdemeanors on their criminal records – but less than a quarter of those eligible have submitted their requests, and the window of opportunity is set to expire next year.




California Set to Be First State to Allow Undocumented Residents to Buy Health Coverage on Online Marketplace

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jun 02, 2016

As early as next year, undocumented immigrants will be able to buy health insurance on Covered California, the state’s online marketplace. That is, if Uncle Sam gives the state a federal waiver to do so.




Poverty, Stress Put Blacks at Higher Risk for Dementia: Study

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jun 01, 2016

Poverty, low educational attainment and other socioeconomic factors put blacks at a much higher risk than whites of developing dementia and other cognitive impairments later in life, says a national study out this week.




35 Calif. Counties Expand Health Care to Undocumented Residents

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: May 24, 2016

Starting this week, thousands of low-income residents in California’s rural areas, including undocumented children and adults, will be able to access health care.