Depression may worsen health outcomes for all of the above
Depression impacts the ability and desire of people to seek treatment for their illness or maintain a healthy lifestyle to prevent illness. The flip side of that, however, is that treating underlying depression can lead to better outcomes as a patient's capacity for self-advocacy and self-care increases!
27% were concerned about becoming homeless
Rising housing costs and increasing population density in urban centers like Los Angeles have led to an uptick in housing insecurity and homelessness. In Los Angeles County, 27% of all residents fear losing their home, and the number among 18–29-year-olds can be as high as 38%. The good news is that innovative and efficient housing solutions can alleviate some of this pressure if we begin to invest now in smarter housing!
A 64% decrease in snowpack volume in the Sierra Nevadas would lead to severe drought
California relies on the Sierra Nevada snowpack for 60% of its fresh water. A 64% decrease in the snowpack by the end of the century, as researchers predict, would undoubtedly lead to severe droughts throughout the state. However, common-sense efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions before the end of the century can dramatically decrease this number and avert drought conditions!
Forty-two million Americans experience food insecurity
According to the USDA, 42 million people in America live in houses that have uncertain access to food. But help is on the way! New efforts in sustainable urban farming aim to cut that percentage dramatically in coming decades.
The flue gas billowing from the smokestacks of the world's power plants is the single largest source of harmful greenhouse gas emissions in the world, meaning it is a massive driver of man-made climate change. There are some exciting new technologies that show promise in curbing these emissions, and some even have the potential to convert them from harmful waste into beneficial resources!
A "shortage" of doctors is classified as a ratio of 1 primary care physician for each 3,000–3,500 patients
The Department of Health and Human Services classifies a "shortage" of doctors as a ratio of 1 to 3,500 for a given geographical area. California alone has 607 of these designated "shortage areas." Luckily there are programs that help medical professionals educated in other countries to become doctors in the US in order to provide much-needed medical treatment in these areas!
California spent $500 million of public money just on jailing residents of South Central
According to the research of the Million Dollar Hoods program, the LAPD and the LA County Sheriff's Department spent $500,000,000 jailing South Central Los Angeles residents during the period between 2010 and 2015. The total cost of jailing in LA County is in the billions. This kind of detailed insight is what leads to meaningful reform at both state and local levels!
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