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“Health for All” campaign sees some movement at county level

Posted August 24, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Advocates pointed out Merced County’s undocumented population is estimated to pay nearly $9 million in local taxes this year alone. Additionally, the community plays a major role in the local economy as the undocumented labor force supports much of Merced’s agricultural industry–valued at $3.5 billion in 2015.

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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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Schools Not Prisons makes a powerful stop in Merced

Posted July 25, 2017 by Hannah Esqueda

Above: Nearly 300 residents turned out for the #SchoolsNotPrisons event in downtown Merced earlier this month. Families enjoyed food, music and important community discussion on ending the school-to-prison pipeline. (Photo by Kody Stoebig) By Maria Dominguez MERCED, Calif.– On July 8th, the Multi-Cultural Arts Center in downtown Merced saw around 300 people attend in support […]

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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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Hannah Esqueda
A lifelong resident of the Central Valley, Hannah has spent several years covering news in and around the Fresno area. She has a degree in Journalism from Washington and Lee University, and was a 2016 participant in the USC Annenberg Health Journalism Fellowship. Currently, she serves as We'Ced's Program Associate and Reporter.