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Santa Cruz Sentinel Columns

Since November 2007, HIP's members have authored columns in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on a range of health care issues, from prevention and wellness to safety net clinic heroes and the need for policy and systems change.

2014 Columns

Lifetime of Healthy Bodyweight Starts Very Young
By: Mary Lou Goeke, David Brody and Nicole Lezin
February 22, 2014

2013 Columns

Seeking Innovative Solutions for Broken Health Care System
By: Ellie Littman
December 12, 2013

MediCruz Advantage a Springboard for Health Reform
By: Leslie Goodfriend, Giang Nguyen and Nicole Lezin
November 2, 2013

Making the Public Health Case for Syringe Services
By: Giang Nguyen, Lisa Hernandez and Nicole Lezin
September 14, 2013

Helping Patients with Serious Illness: The Role of Palliative Care
By: Sharon Tapper and Nicole Lezin
August 24, 2013

Creating a Culture of Coverage on the Central Coast
By: Cecilia Espinola and Nicole Lezin
June 29, 2013

Adult Dental Care: Making the Case for Coverage
By: Laura Marcus and Nicole Lezin
June 1, 2013

Battling Pneumonia with Teamwork
By: Julio Porro, MD and Nina Maisterra, MD
April 27, 2013

Santa Cruz County's low long-term acute care costs intrigue Medicare research team
By: Nicole Lezin, Andrea Silvey and Taylor Dalton
April 5, 2013

Bringing local partners together to expand health care capacity
By: Nicole Lezin and Claire Laughlin
February 16, 2013

2012 Columns

Share the Care: A Strategy for Closing the Gap in Primary Care
By: Nicole Lezin and Tom Bodeheimer MD
December 30, 2012

Health Care Coverage and Access: Separate but Linked Steps in Health Care Reform
By: Nicole Lezin and Alan McKay
November 25, 2012

Planning for the End of Life
September 30, 2012

Keeping Local Children Healthy: the Healthy Kids Program
By: Jordan Turetsky MPH
August 26, 2012

Next Steps for Health Care Reform
By: Linda Bergthold PhD and Eleanor Littman RN
July 29, 2012

What you should know about MediCruz
By: Leslie Goodfriend MPH, Laurie Mireles PhD, and Giang Nguyen MSN
June 24, 2012

Putting Patients Front and Center: The Patient Centered Medical Home
By: Barbara Palla MD and Carolyn Shepherd MD
May 27, 2012

The Skills to Become a Better Parent are Within Reach
By: Laurie Mireles PhD, Susan True and Nicole Young
April 29, 2012

Giving health care providers clues to improve
By: Richard Helmer MD and Barbara Palla MD
March 25, 2012

Women in County can get the health care they need
By: Laurie Mireles PhD, Leslie Conner, and Jennifer Hastings MD
February 26, 2012

Babies need a regular source of care
By: Barbara Palla MD and Maria Love
January 29, 2012

2011 Columns

Understanding the health gap between North and South County
By: Eleanor Littman and Kathleen King
November 27, 2011

A dangerous gamble with vaccinations
By: Eleanor Littman and Poki Namkung
October 30, 2011

Matchmaking between physical and mental health providers
By: James Bennett and Eleanor Littman
September 25, 2011

Partnership tackling childhood obesity
By: Eleanor Littman and Megan Joseph
August 28, 2011

Supporting health with housing
By: Leslie Conner and Christine Sippl
July 31, 2011

Prevention is the best medicine
By: Leslie Conner and Leslie Goodfriend
June 26, 2011

We could all use some 'health care' reform
By: Health Improvement Partnership
May 29, 2011

The government's role in health care
By: Leslie Conner and Robert Quinn MD
May 1, 2011

Life planning includes end-of-life planning
By: Ann Pomper and Eleanor Littman
March 27, 2011

Health care reform holds benefits for small businesses
By: Ceil Cirillo and Leslie Conner
February 27, 2011

Building a better, stronger health care system
By: Health Improvement Partnership
January 30, 2011

2010 Columns

Working together for a healthy community
By: Eleanor Littman
December 26, 2010

Assessing and improving the quality of life in Santa Cruz County
By: George Wolfe MD

December 5, 2010

Health agencies building a stronger safety net
By: Rama Khalsa and Pat Meehan MD

October 31, 2010

Kids and adults need to keep up on immunizations
By: Poki Stewart Namkung MD

September 26, 2010

Children's health care requires more than check-ups and vaccinations
By: Susan True and Salem Magarian MD
July 25, 2010

If you need a lifeline, Call 211
By: Mary Lou Goeke
June 27, 2010

Community support brings oral hygiene to the classroom
By: Will Hahn, Laurie Mireles and Sara Clarenbach
May 30, 2010

Health leaders see significant benefits in health care reform
By: Health Improvement Partnership
April 25, 2010

'Health Literacy' vital to making the right choices
By: Raquel Ramirez Ruiz
March 28, 2010

Borderless medical information will improve our health care
By: Rama Khalsa
February 28, 2010

Healthy Kids is a local brand of health care reform
By: Christina Cuevas, Mary Lou Goeke, Kathleen King
January 31, 2010

2009 Columns

Local health-care needs can't wait for federal assistance
By: Eleanor Littman
December 27, 2009

Taking a broader view of health
By: Christina Cuevas, Leslie Goodfriend, Poki Namkung MD
December 6, 2009

Triple Aim Initiative Tackles Health Care Costs, Care, and Outcomes
By: Eleanor Littman and Christine Sippl
October 25, 2009

The need for end-of-life planning
By: Sharon Tapper MD and Julie Boudreau
September 27, 2009

A healthy diet pays off in many ways
By: Shebreh Kalantari & Leslie Goodfriend
August 30, 2009

The flu is nothing to sneeze at
By: Poki Namkung MD
July 26, 2009

Community TV Interview
State Budget and Healthcare
By: Leslie Conner & Kathleen King
June 29, 2009

Medicare costs can be cut
By: Larry deGhetaldi MD
June 28, 2009

Diabetes forum puts patients front and center
By: Kathleen King and Raquel Ramirez Ruiz
May 31, 2009

Loss of Medi-Cal 'optional benefits' will be devastating
By: Sara Clarenbach & Will Hahn
April 26, 2009

Local leaders offer suggestions on health care reform
By: Bill Tysseling, Poki Namkung MD, Debora Bone, Stan Hajduk MD, Jess Brown
March 29, 2009

Shortsighted budget proposals will threaten children's access to health care
By: Jim Bennett MD and Christina Cuevas
February 22, 2009

United Way Community Matters Imagine: Help as Easy as 2-1-1
By: Mary Lou Goeke
January 25, 2009

2008 Columns

Plenty of reasons to be optimistic about health care reform in ‘09
By: Alan McKay & Eleanor Littman
December 28, 2008

Future of health care reform as seen through a cloudy crystal ball
By: Larry Levitt
November 30, 2008

Groups working to keep the ER available for true emergencies
By: Nancy Greenstreet MD & Richard Helmer MD
October 26, 2008

Health groups take aim at ‘twin' epidemics
By: Raquel Ramirez Ruiz & Kathleen King
September 28, 2008

Protecting the Santa Cruz County ‘herd' through immunization
By: Dr. Poki Namkung MD
August 31, 2008

Controlling cost in health care
By: Jae Dale
August 10, 2008

A look at reeling in health care costs
By: Jae Dale
June 29, 2008

Bootstrap strategies for local health care reform
By: Eleanor Littman
May 25, 2008

Making your health care wishes known
By: George Wolfe MD & Ann Carney Pomper
April 27, 2008

Providing health care with a net
By: Jennifer Hastings MD, Julie Hyer and Patrick Meehan MD
March 30, 2008

Oral Health: Tackling hidden epidemic in kids
By: Laura Marcus & Salem Magarian MD
February 24, 2008

Plight of uninsured affects us all
By: Alan McKay
January 27, 2008

2007 Columns

A year of good health
By: Dr. Dean Kashino MD
December 30, 2007

A HIP Replacement to fix our broken health-care system
By: Eleanor Littman & Rama Khalsa
November 25, 2007