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Gustine awarded $600,000 grant for youth mental health

GUSTINE – The city of Gustine was recently awarded a nearly $600,000 grant from the California Board of State and Community Corrections to fund a …

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Stay Informed While Staying Indoors: A Newsletter in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

It’s Time To Get Moving!  Have you noticed your body becoming a little stiff? Is your balance and strength just not what it used to …

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Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15 is Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Not a day of celebration, but a day of education and a reminder that elder abuse is utterly …

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The Prescription Drug Rebate Racket: It’s Time for Change

How is the cost of prescription drugs working out for you? For countless people across the country, accessing medication has become a nightmare as high …

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Californians with Diabetes are in Crisis: Inspiring Creativity

Without injected insulin, an individual living with diabetes will die within days or even hours. Not get sick, not possibly die – they will die. …

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Turlock philanthropic partnership offers free medications, prescription assistance

Pratap Anne, a pharmacist and philanthropist, has lived in the Central Valley for more than 17 years. He was born in India but calls the …

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Officials urge mental health awareness during pandemic

While everyone works to maintain good physical health during the pandemic, experts say it’s also important to pay attention to mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic …

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Let’s unshackle Stanislaus and Merced nurse practitioners

The coronavirus pandemic has made one thing very clear: Rural communities across America continue to face incredible obstacles in obtaining healthcare services and providers. In …

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‘Downward spiral of depression’: Coronavirus jeopardizes senior, child mental health

Marilyn Rix misses the sense of community from the fitness class she frequented before the coronavirus pandemic disrupted everything. Without the classes, in-person church services and Al-Anon …

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Medical heroes: Our own caped crusaders

The coronavirus has turned the world upside down.  During this time of crisis, healthcare workers are the frontline soldiers who battle against impossible odds and …

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Women’s History Month: Celebrating and remembering what still needs to change

In 1987 the U.S Congress designated March as National Women’s History Month to recognize and celebrate the contributions and achievements of women in America. This …

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A message from Assemblymember Gray: COVID-19: State Financial Help

It goes without saying that we are living in unusual and difficult times. Over the last few days, I have heard from and spoken with …

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Coronavirus & Living with HIV

By: Brandon M. Macsata, CEO, ADAP Advocacy Association The World Health Organization (“WHO”) this week declared the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) a global health pandemic, which is …

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From the CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)-How to Protect Yourself

Know How it Spreads There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being …

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Pharmacy Chains, Other Retailers to Offer COVID-19 Testing

Walgreens, CVS Health, and Target said they will start providing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing in their parking lots. “Given our physical presence in communities across …

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Committed to helping our community

“With every community facing questions and challenges regarding the Coronavirus, we have added a section to the LHE website bringing you the latest information.  Our …

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Joint Statement on Coronavirus COVID-19 From Lung Cancer Advocacy Groups

The World Health Organization officially declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11, 2020. As cases of the virus surge in countries around the …

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New urgent care opens in downtown Gustine, aims to assist underserved community

Multiple agencies are partnering to bring increased medical care to the city of Gustine, on the west side of Merced County. A new urgent care …

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Free health fair for Ag workers, also open to the community in Modesto March 11 & 12

A free Health Fair will be held on March 11 and 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St. …

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In Search of a City Manager

Turlock’s Acting City Manager, Michael Cooke, is a gifted, talented and seasoned public employee — and a great father, husband and a genuinely nice person. …

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Healthcare Heroes: Regina Amador, Allie Jeffery, Cortney Hartsfield and Terrie King

This week’s Healthcare Heroes are Regina Amador, Allie Jeffery, Cortney Hartsfield and Terrie King. These women are grouped as healthcare heroes because of their ability …

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Healthcare Heroes: Michelle Allen and Yamilet Valladolid

Michelle Allen is the CEO of the Society for disABILITIES, a nonprofit based in Modesto that serves a large swath of the Central Valley.  She …

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2019

Now a chronic disease, HIV is turning gray

On June 5, 1981, a new public health threat reared its ugly head in the United States: five cases of Pneumocystiscarinii pneumonia (“PCP”) were reported …

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2019

Healthcare Heroes: Dr. Terry Metzger and Lani Dickinson

Dr.  Terry Metzger is the Superintendent of Denair Public Schools.  She is an educator who changes people’s lives for the better. Her personality is infectious.  …

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2019

City Okays Loan; Interim Urgent Care Center Operating

GUSTINE – An urgent care service backed in part by a city loan has opened within an existing medical practice in downtown Gustine. The Community …

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2019

Guide Teaches Ins and Outs of Social Media

It can be hard for parents to keep up with their children’s social lives in the real world, let alone their countless accounts on the …

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Reports

What You Wish You Knew: A Quick Guide to the Basics of Social Media

Download the Guide HERE Descargue el Guia Aqui We have created What You Wish You Knew: A Quick Guide to the Basics of Social Media …

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2019

Civility, Respect, Courtesy: Disappearing Words and Actions

This was originally published on the Turlock Journal website. Find the article HERE. Turmoil in local city government, compounded by a general lack of clarity …

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2019

Helping Modesto and the Valley Manage the Cost of Asthma and COPD Inhalers

With the intense summer heat and horrible air quality, some people across the Central Valley are finding it difficult to breathe. When this happens, they …

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2019

Helping Valley People Manage the Cost of Insulin

Middle-class families are being devastated by the staggering cost of life-saving insulin. While the average person spends about $1,025 per year on medication, many people …

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2019

New Adult Respite Program to Help Local Families

A grant from Legacy Health Endowment has made possible a Saturday respite care program for families with adults 18 years and older who have special needs. …

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Reports

340B’s Commission’s Final Report on the 340B Drug Discount Program

Click HERE to read the full report. THE 340B DRUG PRICING PROGRAM was created at a time when nonprofit healthcare providers were spending to ensure …

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2019

Celebrating Women in Healthcare

On Mother’s Day, we celebrate the incredible women in our lives who often risk their own survival for ours. Some argue that holidays such as Mother’s …

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Building a Better Turlock: How the Homeless Problem will Inevitably Challenge Healthcare for the Middle Class in our Community

Click here to read the full report: LHE Homeless Report PDF Dear Reader, The report that follows is very straight forward. It discusses the problems …

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2019

The Federal 340B Program: A Call to Order

By: Jeffrey R. Lewis & Willam E. Arnold, Co-Chairs, Community Access National Network 340B Commission The 340B Drug Pricing Program was created by Congress to …

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Calendar of Events

Free Healthcare Clinics Coming to Stanislaus and Merced Counties

Find free medical services provided at several mobile clinics around Stanislaus and Merced Counties. These mobile clinics will be offering basic primary care, health education, …

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2019

Healthcare Hero: Leslie Abasta-Cummings

Leslie Abasta-Cummings is a healthcare star. She is determined, strategic, passionate and caring. It is rare to find someone so committed to making healthcare accessible, …

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2019

Healthcare Hero: Tony Weber

In a world where healthcare access is a challenge, and where affordability looms large, Tony Weber has been charging forward, building programs to ensure that …

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2019

A responsible strategy to address the needs of the homeless

Turlock and its surrounding communities need to address our growing homeless population. The needs are great, and the challenge is significant, but not impossible No …

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2018

Valley Deserves Better Health Care and More Doctors. Here’s How We’ll Get Them

As one of the fastest growing regions of California, the San Joaquin Valley’s persistent shortage of health care providers is creating a public health crisis …

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2018

What Does It Take To Lead Turlock? Let’s Figure It Out

As lawn signs pop up like wildflowers around the city, we are reminded that another mayor’s race approaches. Take note: This race will sketch out …

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2018

Build a Master Plan for Long Term Care

We live in a political world today where indecision and inaction echo within the halls of Congress and State Capitols across America. The biggest risks …

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2018

What They’re Watching: Jeffrey Lewis, Legacy Health Endowment

State of Reform is a stakeholder-driven initiative that tries to bridge the gap between the worlds of health care and health policy. We try to …

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2018

Finding Help With Expensive Medications

Times Argus, Central City, Kentucky (NAPSI)—If you or someone you love is one of the millions of Americans with a chronic disease or a life-threatening …

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2018

Community Access National Network Tackles Challenges Facing the 340B Drug Pricing Program Launches National Commission to Make Recommendations to Congress

The Community Access National Network, otherwise known as CANN, today appointed a national commission to take a thorough and candid review of the 340B Drug …

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2018

Helping Seniors Reduce Unnecessary Hospital Visits

Hospitalizations for seniors can be devastating, both financially and emotionally. But what’s worse is having to return to the hospital shortly after discharge – especially …

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2018

Local Foundation Funds Nonprofit to Help Seniors Avoid Hospital Re-Entry in Stanislaus and Merced Counties

Legacy Health Endowment (LHE) has teamed up with Covenant Care at Home (CCH), a nonprofit healthcare provider, to fund a critical new program to help …

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2018

Grant Helps TUSD Double Mental Health Services for Students

Turlock Unified School District’s first-ever mental health practitioners are already making a difference in students’ lives this school year, meeting the emotional and psychological needs …

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2018

Local Foundation Funds Program to Help Ensure STI Testing is Available in Stanislaus and Merced Counties

Legacy Health Endowment (LHE) has teamed up with Turlock Pregnancy and Health Center (TPHC), a faith-based nonprofit free clinic, to fund a critical program to …

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2018

Social Media Support for LHE

Washington, D.C. is no longer the birthplace of creative healthcare solutions. Legacy Health Endowment, a healthcare foundation based in Turlock, CA, is creating real solutions …

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2018

Our New Nurse Practitioner Program is Going to Help with Health Care

Many rural and semi-rural communities, including California’s Central Valley, face significant healthcare shortages and a scarcity of healthcare providers. The problem isn’t new: For years …

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2018

Collaboration Creating Health Care Solutions for Valley Residents Grant Offers Debt Relief for Nurse Practitioner Students

Local nonprofits are giving a $1.9 million boost to help solve the healthcare provider shortage in Stanislaus and Merced counties. Legacy Health Endowment is working …

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2017

PhRMA Companies Offer a Holiday Gift of Hope

If you or someone you love are one of the millions of Americans with a chronic disease or a life-threatening condition, pharmaceutical manufacturers and their …

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2017

Why Won’t Republicans Act to Help Our Community’s Poor Get Health Care?

I spent some years proudly working in the United States Senate for three Republican senators. The world was different then. The desire to work on …

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2017

A Mental Health Hero: Pastor Amanda Oppenhuizen

As a society, each of us is challenged every day.  Our children face challenges that much greater.  The forces of evil pulling at them are …

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2017

Healthcare Hero: Betty Lopez

In healthcare, when you find someone who is incredibly competent and smart, cares deeply about her patients and places their well-being above all else, you …

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2017

True Health Care Reform Must Address Rising Drug Prices

Rising drug prices are one of the top three health care challenges we face today. Considering that President Donald Trump and state elected leaders in …

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2017

John Heinz: He Fought for the Nation’s “Shadow” Caregivers

Twenty-Six years ago, this week, United States Senator John Heinz was tragically killed – a grievous loss not only for his family but also for …

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2017

California Should Create Its Own Health Insurance Plan

More than 1 million Californians have gained health care under Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace, created under President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. …

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2017

$550,000 in Grants Awarded to Promote Health in Stanislaus, Merced Counties

The Legacy Health Endowment is providing $550,000 in grant funding to promote health and wellness in Stanislaus and Merced counties. These are the first grants …

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2017

Wellness Program First to Reap Benefits from Legacy

Legacy Health Endowment, the health care philanthropy created in 2014 as a result of the sale of Emanuel Medical Center to Tenet Health, announced its …

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2017

Building a Bipartisan Bridge with Housing for the Elderly

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has never been a high-profile agency, but it now has a high-profile Secretary in renowned neurosurgeon …

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2017

Jill Chiesa: Listening, Caring During Life’s Worst Times

Covenant Care at Home is an amazing place primarily because of the people who work there. Each has learned the Malmberg approach to caregiving — …

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2016

James Bowles: Redefining Excellence at Stan State’s School of Nursing

California State University, Stanislaus has one of the top 10 Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs in the United States.  There are three reasons.  First, …

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2016

Healthcare Hero: Renee Pimentel

If you do not know Renee Pimentel, you should. While not a household name she is a healthcare hero. Her primary position is Director of …

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