• July 10, 2018
    Mercury News: California’s push to make people healthy — and save taxpayers money

    By: David Gorn, CALMatters | July 9, 2018 Diana Dooley may have led the largest agency in California’s government as secretary of health and human services for the past eight years, a job that led to her current post as Gov. Jerry Brown’s chief of staff — but she’s also a country gal from Hanford, in…

  • June 5, 2018
    Silicon Valley Business Journal: Early experiences with HIV patients helped shape Dr. Lawrence McGlynn’s medical career

    By Luke Stangel | June 4, 2018 Editor’s note: This is a profile of one of our eight Excellence in Healthcare winners, who will be honored at a luncheon on Thursday, June 7, at the Silicon Valley Capital Club. Unless you were there, it’s hard to imagine how scary the early days of the HIV epidemic were…

  • May 22, 2018
    Physicians News Network: Health Trust in SC County Joins California “Food Is Medicine” Pilot Program

    Physicians News Network | May 21, 2018 The​ ​Health Trust ​in Santa Clara County and five other nonprofit organizations throughout California are participating in a new “Food Is Medicine” state pilot, a medically tailored meal service with the goal of reducing overall medical costs caused by patients not getting the necessary nutrition. Project Angel Food launched the three-year,…

  • May 16, 2018
    Livestrong: California doctors are prescribing food to sick people, and here’s why it’s working

    By: Leah Groth  | May 15, 2018 The program, launched on Friday by the California Food Is Medicine Coalition alongside Senator Ben Allen (D) and assembly members Blanca Rubio (D) and Richard Bloom (D), will deliver free, custom-prescribed meals to individuals insured by Medicaid and suffering from congestive heart failure (a chronic heart condition that requires strict dietary adherence). “We provide…

  • May 12, 2018
    NY Times: Cod and ‘Immune Broth’ – California Tests Food as Medicine

    By: Patricia Leigh Brown | May 11, 2018 SEBASTOPOL, Calif. — On a foggy afternoon, Diana Van Ry, a retired judicial assistant, dropped by the boisterous kitchens of the nonprofit group where she volunteers to pick up rock cod, cauliflower couscous and an “immune broth” enriched with vegetables and seaweed. She planned to deliver the meals to…

  • May 9, 2018
    HuffPost: California Becomes The First State To Prescribe Food As Medicine

    In one pilot program, doctor-approved meals lowered health care costs by 55 percent By: Anna Almendrala | May 8, 2018 Caren Latney was too weak to do simple household chores. The 51-year-old had been diagnosed with lung cancer and, as she began treatment, struggled to stand over her stove long enough to prepare a meal. She didn’t…

  • January 4, 2018
    Bay Area Reporter: Statewide food program launches in CA

    By Matthew S. Bajko | m.bajko@ebar.com A pilot program to feed low-income people with chronic illnesses after they have been discharged from the hospital is launching statewide this month in California. Proponents of the new initiative hope to prove it can keep those who are enrolled from being readmitted to the hospital, as well as…

  • December 13, 2017
    The Guardian: The Silicon Valley paradox: one in four people are at risk of hunger

    Exclusive: study suggests that 26.8% of the population qualify as ‘food insecure’ based on risk factors such as missing meals or relying on food banks By Charlotte Simmonds Karla Peralta is surrounded by food. As a line cook in Facebook’s cafeteria, she spends her days preparing free meals for the tech firm’s staff. She’s worked in…

  • December 7, 2017
    Mercury News: Project to add fluoride to East San Jose drinking water gains approval

    By PAUL ROGERS | progers@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group In the latest step toward the effort by dentists and health officials to end San Jose’s status as the largest city in America without fluoride in its drinking water, Santa Clara County has contributed $1 million to add fluoride for the first time to drinking…

  • September 21, 2017
    Mercury News: Seniors Walk with Animals at Happy Hollow Zoo

    By GILLIAN BRASSIL | gbrassil@bayareanewsgroup.com SAN JOSE — It is never too late to cross going on a safari off of your bucket list — just head to Happy Hollow Zoo. “Such a nice place to walk, the animals are all just starting to come out and about,” said 59 year-old Katherine Zimmerman from San Jose. “My husband…