Making Way for the Happiest Birth Days: Reducing C-Sections

31% of babies are born in California via C-section. Substantial evidence suggests that thousands of these surgeries are medically unnecessary. All of us - the state, counties and taxpayers; insurers and consumers - foot the bill.

RxSafe Marin Cures Report

The purpose of this report is to share the process and findings of analyses that describe controlled substance prescription patterns in Marin County, California from 2010 through 2013.

Farmworker Health Survey

The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services, in partnership with California Human Development, surveyed 293 farmworkers between September 2013 and January 2014. This was the first assessment of farmworkers in Sonoma County and the most recent health-specific survey of farmworkers in California.

Changing Demographics, Changing Conversations

Recent population changes have produced dramatic demographic shifts in Los Angeles County, including significantly fewer children and an aging population. What are the factors contributing to these shifts and why to they have major implications for the county’s future? Twenty-year projections offer a powerful case for making children's success central to our social and fiscal priorities, policies, and community aspirations.

Seattle Housing Affordability

Seattle is currently the second fastest growing city in the nation and the real estate market is red hot. This story compares Seattle with other cities on the Housing Affordability Index (HAI).  

California Drought

93% of California's land is in severe drought or worse conditions. 41% of the land is in exceptional drought. Just in 2011, over 91% of California didn't have any drought.
 

Washington School Districts Immunization

This summary is based on total counts of kindergartener immunization status as reported by public and private schools with kindergartens to the department of health as of 12/31/2013.

HIV Epidemic In Indiana

Cases of HIV are rising in the Hoosier state. Scott County is at the epicenter with 70+ confirmed cases that are tested positive.  Early reports suggest this outbreak is caused by shared syringes among drug users. See the stats here. 

The Effects of Legalized Marijuana in Colorado

Colorado was the first state to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. This story has collected the first year's data on both positive and negative effects of the legalization. Should more states follow Colorado's lead? Judge for yourself.

 

Lake County Diabetes Prevention

Obesity is an epidemic in the United States. In California, one in every nine children, one in three teens, and over half of adults are already overweight or obese (California Obesity Prevention Plan, 2010).