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Millions to lose coverage during the 'Unwinding'

During 12 months after April 1, 2023, between 15-18 million Americans will lose health coverage provided during the COVID-19 pandemic by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act..... Click here to read more.

Are Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islanders victims of AAPI hate?
With more than 100 gun laws, lawmakers have called for even more state regulations after the shootings in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay deepened vulnerability and fear in communities across California. .... Click here to read more.

Staying alert and safe through the storms
The first month of 2023 started with California being ravaged by strong rain and severe storms. On January 12 of this new year, Governor Gavin Newsom requested approval for a major disaster declaration, which President Joe Biden granted on January 14 for the counties of Merced, Sacramento and Santa Cruz. Read more here.

An effective way to reduce the risk of common childhood diseases
Breastfeeding is one of the most important investments that parents can make in their infants’ health. Infants who are breastfed have a significantly reduced risk of common childhood diseases.... Read more here.

Older adults still at risk for COVID-19 - beware complacency
You might be done with COVID, but COVID is not done with you.”.....Read more here

California health officials call for older adults to stay vaccinated, rejoin their communities
Public health experts are pushing for California’s senior adults to stay up to date on their vaccine boosters against COVID-19, in order to join their communities again....Read more here.

There's gold in California for strapped renters, homeowners, landlords
There’s a lot of money still available in California for people behind on their rent due to COVID-related hardships, but time is running out fast — the deadline to at least start an application is March 31.....Read more here

Can K-6 grade children safely return to school without masks?
Children ages 5-11 have one of the lowest vaccination rates of any group but are now returning to elementary schools which have no masking requirements and do not require them to stay at home if a classmate is infected...Read more here.

COVID-19 hospitalization and death rates for children spike alarmingly amid Omicron
More than 12.3 million children have tested positive for Covid-19 and represent 1.5 percent of all hospitalizations from the virus in some states, and an increasing number of deaths, according to data released Feb. 10 by the American Association of Pediatrics.....Read more here.

Surge in COVID-19 cases sparks questions, recommendations during cold and flu season
With the cold and flu season in full swing at the same time as a dramatic uptick in COVID-19 cases due to the highly transmittable Omicron variant, many people wonder how to tell the difference between the viruses which can share similar symptoms.....Read more here.

California goes on the offensive as Omicron variant grows
Three days after Thanksgiving, Gov. Gavin Newsom went online to address the new COVID-19 Omicron variant, a version of the virus with at least 50 mutations, according to the World Health Organization. ....Read more here.

Voting rights is the civil rights issue of our time
As COVID-19 continues to follow us into the new year, the East Palo Alto City Council and members of the city staff held a special meeting on Saturday, January 23, 2021. The meeting was the council’s strategic planning retreat and it was held via Zoom in an online format....Read more here.

Vaccinating kids can help win the battle against Covid, experts argue
Nearly one million children ages 5 to 11 have been vaccinated in the United States since the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved for this age group on September 20.
... Read more by clicking here.

Vaccination protects children from the dangers of COVID-19
Our state experienced the most devastating point of the pandemic last winter. More than 21,000 Californians were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the last week of December, and we lost 18,518 mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers to this deadly virus in January..
... Read more by clicking here.

Universal or selective boosters: who should get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
The scientific community does not agree on booster doses in developed countries, while some nations have failed to vaccinate even half of their populations.... Read more by clicking here.

California's housing crisis rooted in racist zoning laws
Across the country, with both state and federal moratoria on evictions for non-payment of rent set to expire September 30, more than 2 million adult renters are at imminent risk of eviction, 880,000 of them in California....Read more by clicking here

CDC experts call new surge "The Pandemic of the Unvaccinated"
As the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreads across the country, health authorities are concerned about the increase in cases in rural counties where vaccination rates are very low....Read more by clicking here.

Hesitancy and lack of access contribute to low rates of kids vaccinated
Vaccinating 12-17 year olds has become the next major milestone in gaining control of the pandemic. Why do some parents hesitate?....Read more by clicking here.

Ethnic Media Reporters recognized for covering 2020 epic events
Some 30 ethnic media journalists were honored for their coverage of the epic events of 2020 at a virtual California Ethnic Media Awards ceremony which took place this Thursday night.....Read more by clicking here.

COVID vaccination will not be required to attend K-12 public school in California
California teens ages 12-15 can start getting vaccinated for Covid as of May 13, but getting the shot will not be required for attending K-12 public schools in the state, said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly at a press briefing....Read more by clicking here.

How communities can heal post pandemic
Experts warn that even if the United States reaches the elusive herd immunity, closing the growing inequality gaps separating low-income communities of color from the rest of the country will require more work.
.... Click here to read more.

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Combating racial hatred and violence

From left, Yuuki Nishida, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Connie Young Yu are shown on the top row while Michael Uhila, Javier Jimenez and Tonga Victoria Fakalata are seen on first row in the above photo taken during the Zoom recording of the Talking with Henrietta television show on Thursday, March 9, 2023. See a brief description of the show below.

Anti-Asian violence has received major attention over the past three years. On this edition of Talking with Henrietta, show guests share their perspectives on this disturbing development. Get more information about this show by clicking here.


A Discussion with the East Palo Alto City Council Candidates - 2022
Top row from left, Gail Wilkerson, Mayor Ruben Abrica and Q Smith. Middle row from left: Henrietta J. Burroughs, Mark Dinan and Jeffrey Austin.. Bottom row: Webster Lincoln. See more information about this show discussion below.

On this new edition of Talking with Henrietta, you'll see and hear from six East Palo Alto City Council candidates. Get more details about their show discussion by clicking here.

Achieving Social Harmony and Equal Justice
Top row from left, Prof. Roberta Ahlquist and Henrietta J. Burroughs. Bottom row from left, Aram James and Palo Alto City Council member Greer Stone. See more information about this discussion below.

What will it take for social harmony and equal justice to be achieved in the U.S.? Click here to get more details about what the guests have to say on this edition of Talking with Henrietta.

How Grant Funding Is Affecting the News Industry

From left, Mauricio Palma, Nicole Taylor, Joe Rodriguez and Henrietta J. Burroughs are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on July 29, 2021.

During the past few years the news industry has dealt with many challenges. What are some of these challenges? Find out on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. To find out, click here for more information.


Addressing COVID-19's Negative Impacts on Children

From top left, Jenny Obiaya, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Alma Pulido; below left, Carine Risley, Doreen Hassan and Maurice Baker are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after their discussion on June 24, 2021. See below for more information on this show,.

The pandemic has led to setbacks and many negative impacts for the youth in our communities? We discuss some of these impacts on this edition of Talking with Henrietta. Click here for more information about this show.


Assisting Distressed Small Landlords and Renters

From left, Maeve Elise Brown, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Nazanin Salehi during their Zoom discussion on June 15, 2021. Get more details below.

The pandemic brought drastic changes for millions of people. Find out some of the special challenges it presented for small landlords and renters on this new edition of Talking with Henrietta. Get more information about this show here.


Getting Media Coverage: Tips for Working with the Press

We're all familiar with social media. But, we also still have the working press from which we obtain news and information. Click here to see how you can get useful tips for working with traditional media.


Addressing Concerns about the COVID Vaccine Rollout

From top left going clockwise: East Palo Alto City Council member Antonio Lopez, CA State Assembly member Marc Berman, Henrietta J. Burroughs, CA State Senator Josh Becker, RCSD Board Trustee Ana Marie Pulido, Ravenswood Family Health Network CEO Luisa Buada and below, Pastor Paul Bains. All are shown during the March 18, 2021 Zoom recording of the Talking with Henrietta television show.  See more details below.

Is there any merit to the allegation that the COVID-19 vaccines are being unequally distributed to different ethnic groups? Discussion participants answer this question and many others on this new edition of Talking with Henrietta. Find out more about the show by clicking here.


Twenty-twenty: A Memorable Year
The Year in Review
Participants on the 2020 Year in Review show
From left, Vandana Kumar, Henrietta J. Burroughs and Emily Mibach top row and Gennady Sheyner and Jocelyn Dong bottom row are shown on the set of the Talking with Henrietta television show after the taping of their show discussion on Thursday, January 15, 2021. See a brief description of the show below.

Many know that 2020 was very different from past years. On this edition of Talking with Henrietta, show guests discuss why they think 2020 will be a big year in our history books. Get more information about this show by clicking here.











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