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Merced’s youth, still hungry for investment

Posted August 8, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Above: Members of the Joven Noble youth group during a recent trip to University of California, Merced. The group was founded to help teach Merced youth to embrace and celebrate their cultural heritage. (Photo by Crystal Rivera) By Hannah Esqueda Author’s note: Three years ago We’Ced youth reporter Alyssa Castro dissected the issue of youth […]

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Community groups push county officials to take up fight for #Health4All

Posted July 28, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Above: Tonya Mendoza shares her story of struggling to pay for medical care without insurance; at times she had  to decide between paying her utility bills and rent or buying medicine. (Photo by Hannah Esqueda) By Hannah Esqueda MERCED, Calif. — As the federal debate over the fate of the Affordable Care Act continues, Merced County […]

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Mental health advocates host Merced’s first-ever Spanish-language forum

Posted July 14, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

According to the 2016 Merced County Community Health Assessment, Hispanic and Latino residents reported higher rates of chronic depressive symptoms than White counterparts, despite having lower diagnosis rates. The community’s youth are also vulnerable, with more than 34 percent of Latino teens in Merced County reporting depression-related feelings almost every day for two weeks or more, according to KidsData.

Too often, Guillen said, Latino and immigrant families get used to operating under stressful conditions and fail to recognize the signs of more serious mental health disorders like depression, anxiety or even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Coming Out as Trans and Finding a Role Model in Myself

Posted June 15, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Above: Just like the beautiful sunset amidst a storm, Alice’s story is about finding beauty in the life you’re living no matter what. Photo by Alice Herrera.  By Alice Herrera I had sweaty palms and shaky hands as I walked into the room. I knew my whole life would change. I smiled and asked her […]

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Health Advocates Warn Federal Policies Can Hurt Immigrants’ Health

Posted June 9, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Above: Dozens of residents gathered in Winton earlier this year for one of several Know Your Rights events hosted by community groups and immigrant advocates throughout Merced County. Photo courtesy of MOP Merced Facebook page.  By Hannah Esqueda MERCED, Calif. — Immigrant rights groups and health advocates are keeping a close eye on national, state […]

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