Tahoe Truckee Region Local News: Health


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Image caption: The California mental health crisis is tied to both homelessness and rising crime.
UPDATE: California’s Mental Health Crisis: How We Got Here

How the California mental health crisis emerged out of the state’s history of deinstitutionalization and laws designed to protect the mentally ill, as well as the communities around them.

Image caption: From nitrates to arsenic to ‚Äúforever chemicals,‚ÄĚ California‚Äôs water supply faces a serious pollution threat.
Dirty Water: California Faces a Water Contamination Crisis

Almost one million California residents are forced to drink from contaminated water supplies, or pay for bottled water. Economic inequality makes the crisis worse. What is the state doing to fix it?

Image caption: Though life expectancy has declined in recent years, Californians still live longer than most Americans.
Want to Live a Long, Healthy Life? Move to California

Life expectancy in California exceeds all but three other states, but how long you live depends on which county you live in. They're not all equal. Why? The answer may lie in political policies.

Image caption: Access to abortion in California is limited in many areas, though state laws protect a woman’s right to choose.
Abortion Rights in California, Explained

California has historically been ahead of the rest of the country in expanding the legal right to abortion services. Here’s what state laws say today, and how we got here.

Image caption: Mosquitos kill about 725,000 people every year, worldwide.
Taking a Bite Out of the Mosquito Population

The pesky mosquito can be deadly as well as annoying. Here’s how local governments in California have been waging war on mosquitoes for more than a century.

Image caption: California will soon be getting a new hotline number as an alternative to 911 for mental health crises.
988, the New Mental Health Emergency Number, Explained

California will soon add a new emergency hotline service with the number 988. Here’s the story behind that new service, and the original 911 number.

Image caption: States have expansive powers to protect the health of the general public.
The State’s Broad Power to Protect Public Health, Explained

Since long before the COVID-19 pandemic, states have possessed broad authority to protect public health, even to suspend laws and commandeer private property. Here’s why, and how it works.

Image caption: A smoky blanket of particulate matter hovers over San Francisco’s skyline.
Getting Acquainted With AQI

Learn what's getting into Californians’ lungs and why it matters.

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07/16/2024
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The agencies that sampled water at El Dorado Beach and Nevada Beach last week have detected no toxins associated with harmful algal blooms in the lake. These are sites viral social media posts purported could be where a dog ingested harmful cyanobacteria and later died.

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07/10/2024
Taking advantage of new state funds, some California healthcare providers are starting to offer what their homeless patients really need: housing.

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07/08/2024
Image for display with article titled Report of Dog Death on Social Media Triggers Investigation Into Harmful Algal Booms in South Lake Tahoe

Social media posts mourning the death of an owner's beloved dog has had many re-posting the incident with warnings about cyanobacteria in the water at certain beaches in Lake Tahoe.

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07/08/2024
Image for display with article titled Damaged Tahoe Forest Health System Locations in Tahoe City to Reopen July 8

Tahoe Forest Health System announced the building at 905 N. Lake Blvd in Tahoe City, which was temporarily closed due to damage earlier this spring, will reopen on Monday, July 8.

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07/01/2024
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This year, 14 organizations are receiving funds from city cannabis sales revenue. This is the third year where up to 50% of prior year cannabis revenue goes towards the community benefit grant program.

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06/27/2024
Image for display with article titled Residents of Truckee Struggle With Limited Healthcare Options

At a recent Golden Seniors meeting held on Thursday, June 20, at the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District, the significant challenges faced by local seniors in accessing affordable healthcare were brought to light.

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06/25/2024
Even when suicidal, California firefighters struggle to find medical help and navigate the workers’ comp morass to pay for it.

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06/25/2024
Almost 400 suppliers, two-thirds in communities of color, don’t meet safety and reliability standards. Fixing them would cost billions.

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06/06/2024
Over the last decade, nearly 50 maternity wards have closed across California, with more than half shutting down in just the last four years.

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06/04/2024
Image for display with article titled Placer County Public Health Launches New Alzheimer’s Campaign and Community Event

Coinciding with Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month in June, Placer County's Healthy Brain Initiative is launching a new advertising campaign and hosting a community event aimed at promoting healthy brain habits and encouraging dementia screening across the county.

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06/04/2024
For families seeking affordable health insurance, the state’s health insurance marketplace, Covered California, can provide major relief. But if they’re not careful, they can get hit by an unexpected federal tax bill.

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05/25/2024
Image for display with article titled Cyclists Take on America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride in Support of Blood Cancer Patients

Cyclists from across the country will help change the lives of blood cancer patients by gathering in Lake Tahoe on June 2, 2024, to participate in America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride.

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05/23/2024
Image for display with article titled NV County Public Health to Host Truckee Community Baby Shower

The Nevada County Public Health Department is hosting a free community baby shower for eastern county residents on June 4.

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05/17/2024
Image for display with article titled Tahoe Forest Hospital Celebrates 75th Anniversary

The month of May 2024 marks the 75th anniversary of the first meeting of the Tahoe Forest Hospital District, which was formed one month prior, following the donation of land by Richard "Dick" Joseph where the hospital now sits.

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05/15/2024
Image for display with article titled Newsom Releases Billions for Mental Health Housing Ahead of Schedule: ‚ÄėTime to Deliver‚Äô

California voters narrowly passed Proposition 1, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s measure to fund mental health housing. He’s prodding counties to use the money quickly.

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05/07/2024
Image for display with article titled 1 Pill Can Kill Placer Campaign Reports Continued Commitment to Combating the Fentanyl Crisis

Today, May 7, on National Fentanyl Awareness Day, the Placer County 1 Pill Can Kill Placer campaign released its annual update reaffirming the county's collective commitment to fighting the fentanyl crisis.  

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05/07/2024
Image for display with article titled Placer County Launches New Campaign to Promote Perinatal Substance Use Services

This year, Mother's Day (May 12) happens to also be the first day of National Prevention Week, which promotes substance misuse prevention and positive mental health.

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05/05/2024
Image for display with article titled Nevada County, Community Partners Launch Mental Health Matters Campaign

Nevada County Behavioral, Nevada County Public Health and community partners announced a new countywide mental health and suicide prevention campaign‚ÄĒMental Health Matters Nevada County.

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05/02/2024
Image for display with article titled Tahoe Forest Health System President, CEO Announces Future Retirement Date

Harry Weis, President and CEO of Tahoe Forest Health System, announces his future retirement date of January 2, 2026.

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04/24/2024
Newsom-backed bill would allow Arizona abortion providers to practice in California as the Republican-led state restricts access.
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