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2023 Year in Review

By Tani Cantil-Sakauye

President and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye reflects on how PPIC has contributed to the policy conversation this past year and highlights the importance of nonpartisan, actionable research in addressing key challenges facing our state.

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Wildfire Smoke Is a Threat to Children’s Health

By Shalini Mustala

The average number of days per year with heavy smoke in California's air has been rising, especially in the Central Valley, Sacramento region, and far north. This poses a particular health risk for children, who are more likely to be exposed to wildfire smoke and more susceptible to its effects.

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Video: Californians and Their Economic Well-Being

By Mary Severance

Researchers Dean Bonner and Deja Thomas discuss key findings from the latest PPIC Statewide Survey, which examines Californians’ views on their own financial situation, the state’s economic outlook, and other topics.

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Video: Health Conditions and Health Care among California’s Undocumented Immigrants

By Stephanie Barton

As the state prepares to expand Medi-Cal to all low-income Californians regardless of immigration status, a new PPIC report looks at how undocumented patients use community clinic services. Researcher Shalini Mustala discusses this report’s key findings, and researcher Paulette Cha moderates a panel discussion on lessons learned from recent Medi-Cal expansions.

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A Look at Demographic Differences in Poverty across Regions in California

By Patricia Malagon, Caroline Danielson

California's overall poverty rate rose between fall 2021 and early 2023, according to the most recent California Poverty Measure. We look at how poverty differs across the state and how it is linked to race, education, and other demographic factors.

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Telehealth Usage among Low-income and Undocumented Californians

By Shalini Mustala, Paulette Cha, Patricia Malagon

A variety of changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have expanded telehealth use among low-income and undocumented Californians. The experience of patients in Los Angeles County—home to the state's largest immigrant population and a significant share of its undocumented residents—sheds light on the prospects for telehealth to improve health care access for undocumented immigrants in our state.

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School Vaccination Rates Vary across California

By Shalini Mustala, Shannon McConville

Maintaining adequate school vaccination rates is essential for public health and community well-being, but many schools across the state could be vulnerable to disease outbreaks due to lower vaccination rates.

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