Jocelyn Wiener

Center for Health Reporting

Jocelyn Wiener is an Oakland-based writer for the Center for Health Reporting.

Clinic shutdowns hit tiny towns hard

Two tiny towns struggle after their clinics close

DOYLE – Just before the turnoff into this tiny community, near the shuttered Burger Barn, a sign announcing Doyle's existence also hints at its fade toward oblivion.

Clinic shutdowns hit tiny towns hard

A few rural clinics are resolved to stay open

Last summer, the leadership of Anderson Valley Health Center received alarming news. Under the new state budget, they were to lose $350,000 – nearly a third of their revenue.

Uninsured kids

Leaders look for ways to keep Healthy Kids afloat and kids insured

Seven years ago, a group of Santa Cruz County leaders came together around a shared vision: They wanted to provide health insurance to every child in the county, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.

Uninsured kids

Listening with her heart, Watsonville doctor sees more uninsured kids, worries about their health

WATSONVILLE -- Dr. Madhu Raghavan looks meaningfully at 7-year-old Christian Montoya.

Uninsured kids

Otherwise uninsurable kids find care in Healthy Kids

SANTA CRUZ -- Dina Larsen struggled to find someone willing to insure her baby daughter.

Uninsured kids

Funding for kids health care programs unraveling

SANTA CRUZ -- Donna Gilmartin was worried. She'd moved back to Santa Cruz in 2007 and she still had no insurance for her 10-week-old son, Bryce.

Uninsured kids

County's safety net clinics feel impact of uninsured kids

Santa Cruz County's safety net health services -- community clinics and hospitals that provide many low-income and uninsured residents with their only medical treatment option -- are starting to see the impact of the area's growing number

Uninsured kids

Santa Cruz County Healthy Kids program once a model plan

Santa Cruz County started its Healthy Kids program in 2004, the ninth county in the state to take concrete steps toward universal health care coverage for all children.

Fire

There's still much to learn about long-term health effects of last year's fires

The smoke crept in during the final weeks of June. From the blazing forest, it reached its ashy brown fingers into Frank Walden's garden, choking his corn and poisoning his apple trees.

Fire

Mountain residents have no doubt smoke made them sick

Deana Schmidt, 61, has lived in Lewiston since 1979. She bitterly remembers the chaos of the 1999 Lewiston Fire, a Bureau of Land Management-controlled burn that escaped containment and forced the evacuation of the town. But she says the ever-present haze last summer was far, far worse.
Fire

Hoopa tribe leads battle against smoke's ill effects

Last summer when the smoke rolled into the Hoopa Valley National Indian Reservation near Humboldt, members of the tribal leadership responded quickly.

Medicare

MAIN STORY DAY 3: Medical professionals seek a way out of shortage of primary care doctors accepting Medicare

In Santa Cruz County, a storm is gathering.

Medicare

MAIN STORY DAY 2: Care for county's elderly reaches tipping point

Elderly and disabled patients are flabbergasted. Caring relatives are alarmed. Some doctors are conflicted; others are angry. And virtually everyone touched by Santa Cruz County's inability to care for its Medicare patients is frustrated.

Medicare

Doctor shuts door on new Medicare patients

WATSONVILLE - For the greater part of 2008, Dr. Chris O'Grady closed his doors to new Medicare patients.

Medicare

Daughter is relentless in search for doctor for her father

SANTA CRUZ -- Irene Tsouprake couldn't find a doctor for her elderly father. And it was starting to freak her out.

Medicare

Doctor faces gut-wrenching decision over patient care

SANTA CRUZ -- Jennifer Hastings didn't become a doctor to close doors. Her goal has always been to care for the down-and-out.

Medicare

Lower Medicare reimbursements plague county doctors

SANTA CRUZ -- Many Santa Cruz County primary care doctors refuse to see new Medicare patients, citing the low reimbursement rate they receive from the federal government.

Medicare

MAIN STORY DAY 1: Collision in Care: Santa Cruz County's looming doctor crisis

Eighty-three-year-old Gladys Man steered her cherry red electric scooter into the Planned Parenthood clinic in downtown Santa Cruz. Inside the waiting room, nervous-looking teenage girls filled out medical forms; a young couple giggled quietly over a cell phone message.

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