Jordan Katz http://kalw.org en Clinic goes mobile to reach underserved youth http://kalw.org/post/clinic-goes-mobile-reach-underserved-youth <p></p><p>What’s the quickest way to a child’s heart? How about a Harry Potter movie? The staff at the Bay Area’s Teen Health Van know their patients are no exception.</p><p>Katie Baker, the van’s newest physician’s assistant, says showing movies makes the patients feel “more comfortable” when waiting for treatment. The mobile clinic’s waiting room is the size of a cubicle. The movie drowns out any sounds coming from nearby exam rooms, helping preserve patient privacy.Patients range in age from 10 to 25 years old. Half are homeless. Most lack health insurance.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:39:00 +0000 Jordan Katz 7499 at http://kalw.org Clinic goes mobile to reach underserved youth The price of autonomy for Oakland Unified School District http://kalw.org/post/price-autonomy-oakland-unified-school-district <p>At 8 o&rsquo;clock on a Tuesday morning, about 400 students stand at attention. They&rsquo;re outside the Fruitvale Oakland elementary school, Learning Without Limits (LWL). They recite the following vision statement, as they do every day upon arrival: &ldquo;We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us as we grow into leaders who are passionate and care about making our world better. We are equipped with skills and knowledge, filled with curiosity and we know that even when we face challenges, we will achieve!&rdquo;</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 21:59:36 +0000 Jordan Katz 12098 at http://kalw.org The price of autonomy for Oakland Unified School District Connecting the Dots: Afternoon Edition for Thursday, May 17, 2012 http://kalw.org/post/connecting-dots-afternoon-edition-thursday-may-17-2012 <p>(Sacramento Bee) // Just after it was revealed that California faces a budget deficit of $16 billion, how and when to pay crippling pension costs has become a major public debate. The California Public Employees&#39; Retirement System <a href="http://calpensions.com/2012/05/17/calpers-ignores-brown-delays-pension-payment/">voted to raise the annual state payment for state worker pensions</a> by $213 million to a total of $3.7 billion, despite Governor Jerry Brown&rsquo;s recommendation for an even bigger increase to avoid accruing more debt. Fri, 18 May 2012 06:59:06 +0000 Jordan Katz 10827 at http://kalw.org Connecting the Dots: Afternoon Edition for Thursday, May 17, 2012 Connecting the Dots: Afternoon Edition for Thursday, May 3, 2012 http://kalw.org/post/connecting-dots-afternoon-edition-thursday-may-3-2012 <p>(East Bay Express) // Controversy is brewing over the<a href="http://www.eastbayexpress.com/ebx/fair-trade-usas-coffee-policy-comes-under-fire/Content?oid=3184779"> certification of fair-trade coffee</a> at the Oakland-based agency Fair Trade USA. The agency&#39;s recent decision to start certifying larger coffee plantations has smaller coops and farms fearing that they will be put out of business. Fair Trade USA argues that the expansion will increase the impact of fair trade...</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 21:23:11 +0000 Jordan Katz 10051 at http://kalw.org Connecting the Dots: Afternoon Edition for Thursday, May 3, 2012 Connecting the Dots: Afternoon Edition for Thursday, April 20, 2012 http://kalw.org/post/connecting-dots-afternoon-edition-thursday-april-20-2012 <p>A magnitude <a href="http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_20433394/2-4-quake-reported-walnut-creek">2.4 earthquake struck</a> near the intersection of Ygnacio Valley and Oak Grove roads in Walnut Creek just before 9am this morning. The &quot;microquake&quot; did not apparently result in any major property damange or injuries...</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 20:49:31 +0000 Jordan Katz 9339 at http://kalw.org Connecting the Dots: Afternoon Edition for Thursday, April 20, 2012