Public health

How Pacific Northwest Cities Have Made Space for Homeless Encampments

Zachary Clark, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 23 2017 - 2:56pm

San Francisco officials have been skeptical of sanctioning homeless encampments as transitional housing, but local activists note that the model has a long track record in Seattle, Portland and Eugene, Ore.

Will San Francisco Embrace ‘Sanctioned’ Camps for the Homeless?

Zachary Clark, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 16 2017 - 4:13pm

Despite finding acceptance in the Northwest, self-managed tent communities on vacant land have been a hard sell to Mayor Lee’s office. Change might be in the wind.

As Healthy S.F. Serves Mostly Spanish Speakers, City Vows to Shield Undocumented Clients

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Feb 9 2017 - 9:00am

Ten years after it was launched, Healthy San Francisco today predominantly serves Spanish speakers and people living in the city’s southeast neighborhoods. Because some clients may be here illegally, city officials have vowed to shield them if  the Trump administration launches a deportation campaign.

S.F. Vote Counters Pushing to Finish by Thanksgiving

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 18 2016 - 6:36pm

With San Franciscans still focused on President-elect Trump as Thanksgiving approaches, city officials continue to feverishly tabulate tens of thousands of ballots from the Nov. 8 election.

Study: Health, Economic Benefits Emerging From Mexico’s ‘Soda Tax’

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 1 2016 - 11:00am

A Mexican tax on sugary beverages has reduced consumption since 2014, and as a result is projected to help cut rates of diabetes, improve overall health and bring other indirect cost savings, according to a study published Tuesday.

Diabetes, Obesity Drain S.F. Economy Even More Than ‘Soda Tax’ Backers Proclaim

Sara Bloomberg, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 1 2016 - 6:00am

Proposition V, which would tax distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages, underplays big health and associated costs linked to those drinks. Top estimates approach $1 billion a year.

How Media Coverage on Homelessness Falls Short (And What Reporters Can Do About It)

Hye-Jin Kim and Meka Boyle, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 22 2016 - 8:00am

In many newsrooms, “the homeless” is a well-worn catchphrase for the often-anonymous people on the street or in shelters. But many professionals who work with these populations on a daily basis find the term offensive and misleading.

How San Francisco Plans to Shield Residents From Runaway Prices

Angela Woodall, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 4:01pm

We list some examples of how the city has tried to soften the blow of rising prices, and policies that advocates for low-income people say San Francisco could adopt.

San Francisco to Expand Health Insurance Support

Angela Woodall, San Francisco Public Press — Jan 21 2016 - 3:49pm

San Francisco is offering a new, subsidized plan and expanding Healthy San Francisco for city residents who need — but cannot afford — health insurance.

KQED Tackles Junction Between Homelessness, Mental Illness

Emily Dugdale, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 10 2014 - 5:44pm

KQED Public Radio’s “Forum” hit the airwaves this morning with a conversation with Robert Okin, the former chief of psychiatry at San Francisco General Hospital, who recently published a new book on homelessness and mental illness. He said the common belief that the homeless choose to reside on the streets, from his experience profiling them, is false.

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