Health policy and program development, research, and evaluation


 Federal proposed public charge regulations will harm millions

The federal government has proposed new “public charge” regulations that would unend 20 years of immigration policy that is having a detrimental impact on the health of immigrant families and our entire community. It has been well established federal policy that the use of essential health and social services would not risk having someone applying for a “green card” or resident visa be denied admission as a “public charge.”
New regulations were proposed in the Federal Register on October 10 that would add the receipt of Medicaid (Medi-Cal), Prescription drug support (Medicare Part D), housing vouchers (Section 8) and nutrition (Cal Fresh) to the list of programs that could result in someone being labeled a public charge. What can you do? You have until December 10 to submit comments on the proposed regulations.
For more information see our webpage on Farmworker and Immigrant Health.

 San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Integration Project

  • Read the final report of the B-HIP project 2014-2018 including trend data on behavioral health staff, demand and utilization. The accompanying slides are here.

40 Prado Residential Withdrawal Management (Detox) Unit

New Report – 40 Prado Detox Project Planning Project
See the report of the CAPSLO 40 Prado Detox Planning Project 

In the News

New York Times Reports on Poverty and Malnutrition of California Farmworkers :

“The people who grow our food can’t afford to eat it, and they are sicker because of it,” said Joel Diringer, a public health specialist and advocate for farmworkers. “It’s an incredible irony that those who work in the fields all day long don’t have access to the fresh produce that they harvest.” Read the full article here.

UC Davis Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety blog post features are recent talk by Joel Diringer on the future of health coverage for California farmworkers. A copy of the slides can be accessed here