In The Media

About OA…

Susan Dean, OA Board Member and active volunteer, was named a 2012 SF Business Times' Health Care Hero in the "Nurse" category.  Susan was honored for her local and international volunteer efforts as well as the leadership on staff at Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco.

Santa Rosa volunteer, Barry Silberg, MD, is profiled in the Summer 2012 edition of "Pacific Health", published by the Pacific Foundation for Medical Care.  Dr. Silberg has developed a new treatment for soft tissue infections which is currently in Phase 2 FDA clinical trials.

Laura Norton, MD, a member of the Redwood Regional Medical Group and active OA volunteer was a winner of the 64th Annual North Bay Business Journal’s  Forty  Under 40 awards in May, 2012.

From the Field…
The Kaiser Family Foundation's  Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) has updated two key resources on health coverage and the uninsured to reflect data for 2011 that was released in September, 2012 by the U.S. Census Bureau. The updated resources include:

Five Facts About the Uninsured Population, an issue brief that provides basic facts to explain why tens of millions of people in America lack health coverage and how being uninsured affects their health and financial security.

The Uninsured and The Difference Health Insurance Makes, a fact sheet that describes the characteristics of the uninsured and explains recent trends in this population. It also examines the difference that health insurance can make and how health reform is expected to cover millions more people.

"It is well documented that racial and ethnic minority populations disproportionately use hospital emergency departments for safety-net care. But what is not known is whether emergency department crowding is disproportionately affecting minority populations and potentially aggravating existing health care disparities, including poorer outcomes for minorities."  from an article in Health Affairs which analyzes the impact of ED overcrowding and ambulance diversion on low-income, uninsured patients.  Interventions by OA volunteers can pre-empt avoidable ED visits.