15 California School Districts Begin Serving Locally Grown Foods to Students

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Oct 29, 2014

Last week, 15 school districts across California began serving their students school lunches made from foods grown in California and prepared freshly just for them.




Youth Depression a ‘Tough Pill’ for Indian American Parents to Swallow

New America Media, First Person, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Oct 21, 2014

For one young Indian American, taboos around depression led to years of suffering in silence.




Over 10,000 Californians to Lose Health Coverage

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Oct 14, 2014

Some Californians who purchased insurance on the exchange are in danger of losing their health plan.




State’s Spurning of $6 million Could Hurt Medi-Cal Renewals

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Aug 24, 2014

California turned down a $6 million grant to keep those previously enrolled, as well as those newly enrolled poor people, on the state's Medicaid program.




Helen Prejean: The ‘Whole Death Penalty System is Botched’

New America Media, Question & Answer, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Aug 01, 2014

Longtime anti-death penalty crusader Sister Helen Prejean says the latest botched executions highlight the moral and legal flaws in the "whole system."




No Guidelines from State About DACA Medi-Cal Eligibility

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jul 30, 2014

The California Department of Health Care Services’ failure to issue the guidelines has resulted in hundreds of young immigrants being turned away.




Mental Health Issues in California Kids Go Largely Untreated

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jul 29, 2014

A new study shows more than 8.5 percent of California children have mental health needs, yet only a quarter receive timely mental health treatment.




Setting Data Free, In the Name of Better Health

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jun 19, 2014

In the U.S., health data is often inaccessible to those who could best use it to improve lives.




DACA Students' Right to Medi-Cal Routinely Rejected

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jun 16, 2014

A slew of challenges -- including onerous paperwork and ignorance among healthcare workers -- has kept numerous DACA students from getting a Medi-Cal card.




Casteism, Lack of Toilets & Poor Policing Claim Lives of Two Girls

New America Media, Op-ed, Viji Sundaram, Posted: Jun 04, 2014

No one can deny that lack of sanitation, lack of good policing and a caste system that is alive and well in India snuffed out the lives of two young women.