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Santa Barbara County had just over 32,000 migratory and seasonal agricultural workers in 2017 — the most recent year for data — according to estimates from the National Center for Farmworker Health.

And the National Center for Farmworker Health lists four health centers as Migrant Health Centers in four Santa Barbara County locations: Guadalupe, Santa Maria, New Cuyama and Los Alamos. But not everyone can make it out to these locations to get the treatment they need, or even have the time to get there.

The Women and Infants Mobile Health, or WIMH, is attempting to address that barrier.

Courtesy: Janis Iourovitski

A group of Cal Poly students are in the next stages of testing a product they designed to help women track their fertility and conceive.

The fertility tracker is called OvuBrush. It’s designed as a toothbrush that predicts ovulation.

Janis Iourovitski is one of four co-founders of OvuBrush and just graduated from Cal Poly. The group met in a Cal Poly class called Engineering for Maternal Health and were tasked with pitching an idea for healthcare technology to address infertility.

Mi Gente, Nuestra Salud translated from Spanish means, “My community, Our health.” Research shows that expanding opportunities for healthcare benefits everyone. As the pandemic has shown, our health is only as good as that of our most vulnerable community members. Mi Gente, Nuestra Salud, which is a "people's movement for health ownership," aims to do this by empowering people from minoritized groups to govern the resources, education, advocacy, and access points that shape good health. 

Join Fred Munroe as he speaks with guests involved with Mi Gente, Nuestra Salud, or the Santa Maria People's Movement for Health, Dr. Mario Espinoza-Kulick, MA, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator for Mi Gente, Nuestra Salud and inaugural Ethnic Studies Faculty at Cuesta College, Cristina Macedo, MSW, Coordinator for the Mobile Health Unit at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), and Irma Torres, a student at Cal Poly involved in the project. They will discuss how they are working to empower people to combat the systematic racism and the other factors that violate the fundamental human right to the highest attainable standard of health.

One of the many untold effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is the toll it is taking on patients without the coronavirus. During the initial wave of COVID cases, staying home was universally urged to protect people from exposure to the infection, but, in the process, many people ignored serious medical issues that should have sent them to their provider or an emergency room. 

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LGBTQ+ rights pioneer Phyllis Lyon died on April 9 at the age of 95. Lyon and her longterm partner Del Martin were the first California couple to get married after same-sex marriage become legal in the state in 2008, due to a ruling by the California Supreme Court.

Gender-affirming healthcare is now available at Cal Poly

Dec 11, 2019
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Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo announced this week the university is adding gender-affirming care to its slate of student healthcare services. It will provide transgender and gender non-conforming students access to treatments and specialized care that were previously unavailable at the school.

KCBX Two-Way: Hormone replacement therapy on state university campuses

May 21, 2019
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San Luis Obispo's Cal Poly and the other California State universities don't provide hormone replacement therapy for students, but University of California schools do. That's the subject of a recent article in Mustang News, Cal Poly's media outlet. The student reporter, Michael Barros, is also a KCBX News intern and recently joined KCBX's Tyler Pratt in the studio. 

Research shows that individuals with mental and substance abuse disorders may die decades earlier than the average person. These deaths are mostly from preventable chronic illnesses like obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease that have often been undiagnosed, or left untreated. For these individuals, there can be many obstacles to care, including barriers to primary care, and challenges in dealing with a complex healthcare system.

On this week's show, we spoke with a local doctor about his personal experience as a care provider within the American healthcare system. 

We are in an era when acts of violence have become almost commonplace. We have calls for reform, regulations and more mental health care; we call, we write, we argue, we march. But what no one seems to do is understand or address the factors that lead someone to plan and execute an attack on others. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the gaping holes in our social fabric that lead to acts of despicable desperation.

Broadcast date: 3/1/2018

As part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week we will be changing the conversation around food, body image and eating disorders. 30 million Americans will struggle with a full-blown eating disorder and millions more will battle food and body image issues that have untold negative impacts on their lives. Eating disorders can affect anyone, anywhere. And no one has to struggle alone.

Broadcast date: 1/11/2018

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. Most experts would agree that the ACA has increased the availability of health insurance to the American people, as well as their access to care. When President Obama took office in 2009, more than 50 million Americans were uninsured, or nearly 17 percent of the population. Since the implementation of the ACA, the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show the nation’s uninsured rate has dropped to 8.8 percent.

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While the struggle over health care continues in Washington D.C., a San Luis Obispo County doctor follows his dream by providing top quality care - at no cost to the patient.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 4:30 p.m.

Covered California announced Wednesday it is extending the deadline for enrolling for health insurance through the state exchange. Uninsured Californians looking for coverage to start on January 1 now have until midnight on December 17 - Saturday night - to sign up. Covered California says over 25,000 people enrolled in the past two days alone.

California leads the nation in the number of people getting insurance through the Affordable Care Act.  Even so, there are still millions here without insurance.  Community clinics and public hospitals, like the Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, are part of the safety net for uninsured Californians.  But as the Affordable Care Act is implemented, they're facing changes.  Lisa Morehouse reports.

As traditional western medicine focuses more on care and cure, a gap widens for individuals with serious and life-limiting illnesses who need care and comfort but are not ready for hospice care.  Palliative Medicine enhances the quality of life for patients with serious illnesses by relieving symptoms, pain, and stress.  Host Kris Kington Barker talks with health care professionals about the growing need for Palliative Medicine and its benefits.

This week Kris Kington Barker talks with Steve Mahr and Fred Aguilara from the Community Health Centers of the Central Coast. They discuss the national healthcare plan roll-out from the viewpoint of an institution that will be providing care, and is involved in helping people to sign up right now. They address the most common misconceptions about the plan, including what your choices are and the state of the website.