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Monday, February 28, 2011 Fall-Winter 2010   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 4  
Community Health
Calendar of Events
Community Resources
2010 Affordable Health Care Act
The Dangers of Salt
Youth are our Future
Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Participates in Hypertension Sunday: Impressions of a Medical Student
Wide Health Disparities
Healthier Neighborhood Programs Drawing Millions from Foundations
Asthma Resources
Cancer Resources
Cardiovascular Resources
Diabetes Resources
Stroke Resources
Upcoming Events
Ethnic Health Institute Website
Alta Bates Summit Website
2010 Affordable Health Care Act
A Conversation with Dr. Glenda Newell-Harris
by Brittany Harris
2010 Healthcare Reform

Last year, President Barack Obama signed a bill into law that will change our country’s current health care system: the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act and its amendment bill, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The new legislation is estimated to cost roughly $940 billion dollars and will expand health care coverage to 32 million Americans who are currently uninsured. EHI sat down with Dr. Glenda Newell, a local physician, to discuss the new laws and how they will affect the United States population.

The Dangers of Salt
An Interview with Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo
by Brittany Harris
Too Much Salt

The amount of salt consumed by Americans on a daily basis is staggering and affects all age, racial, and ethnic groups. Salt can have a dangerous impact on our health, most notably causing hypertension, which can lead to heart failure, kidney disease, and stroke. Dr. Bibbins-Domingo notes that in order to truly reduce our salt intake, we must understand how to properly read the labels on packaged and processed foods.

Youth are our Future
by Brittany Harris

Dr. Frank Staggers and Youth At a time when the number of students entering careers in medicine has declined, pipeline programs have become of utmost significance. The general goal of pipeline programs is to train and provide assistance to future generations who are in pursuit of a career in a specific discipline. Roughly two years ago, Dr. Tony Iton (then Health Officer of the Alameda County Public Health Department) noticed that there were roughly 5-6 pipeline programs that were spearing youth towards careers in health. Around the same time, Dr. Jocelyn Freeman Garrick was developing Mentoring in Medicine, an organization committed to diversify the workforce through mentorship and exposing underrepresented students to careers in health care. Dr. Iton believed the Alameda County Public Health Department could serve as a facilitator for these numerous pipeline programs, and about a year later, the Alameda County Health Pipeline Partnership (ACHPP) was born.
Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Participates in Hypertension Sunday: Impressions of a Medical Student
Reprinted with permission of Marc Parris, UCSF Medical Student
by Marc Parris

On Sunday, February 27th, 2011, the SNMA), Latino Medical Student Association (L.M.S.A.), and other University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) classmates – along with the American Medical Response, Black Nurses Association, American Red Cross, Sinkler-Miller Medical Association, Chinese American Physicians Society (C.A.P.S.), Oakland Technical High School Health Academy, Samuel Merritt University, Mentoring in Medicine (M.I.M.), and FACES High School program –joined the Alta Bates Summit Ethnic Health Institute (EHI), Health Ministry Program, Asian Outreach Program, and Alta Bates Summit Regional Stroke Center’s - Stroke Education and Outreach committee to give hypertension screenings and education to various churches in Oakland.
Wide Health Disparities
Articles posted with permission of Sandy Kleffman, Journalist for the Oakland Tribune
by Sandy Kleffman

The biggest health inequities involve African-American men, said Dr. Frank Staggers, a retired urologist and chairman of the Alta Bates Summit Medical ...
Healthier Neighborhood Programs Drawing Millions from Foundations
Articles posted with permission of Suzanna Bohan Journalist for the Contra Costa Times
by Suzanne Bohan

Students' faces brighten when Shantrell Sneed -- "Coach Trell" to the kids -- walks into a classroom at San Pablo's Riverside Elementary School. She organizes play during recess, promoting physical activity, conflict resolution, friendship and improved academic performance. These ultimately are elements of longer and healthier lives.

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