CA Access News

December 2011


In this Issue: Features | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information | Contact Us


The Global Biomedical Industry: Preserving U.S. Leadership

By Ross C. DeVol, Armen Bedroussian and Benjamin Yeo
Milken Institute, Presented at CAMI Symposium on December 13, 2011

The United States is still the global leader in the biomedical industry, but countries across Europe and Asia are pursuing aggressive plans to close the gap and take the high-value jobs and capital this sector creates. To protect its leadership position, U.S. policymakers need to take a series of actions.

The stakes are high: The biomedical sector directly and indirectly accounts for some 5 million U.S. jobs (including 1.2 million high-wage private-sector jobs in pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical devices, research and testing).

Multiple factors leave the U.S. vulnerable to growing international competition: increasing complexity and uncertainty in the FDA's approval processes, especially as these relate to medical devices; government funding cuts; and federal tax policies that are not globally competitive.

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Partner Spotlight

BIENESTAR Human Services, Inc.

BIENESTAR Human Services, Inc. is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of the Latino community and other underserved communities. BIENESTAR accomplishes this through community education, prevention, mobilization, advocacy, and the provision of direct social support services.

BIENESTAR is a grassroots, non-profit community service organization established in 1989. BIENESTAR originated as a direct result of neglect and non-existent HIV/AIDS services for the Latino community. Since its establishment, BIENESTAR has evolved into a multi-service, multi-center agency, offering services throughout Los Angeles, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. The health models of BIENESTAR have set the standard of excellence for peer-driven services throughout the United States and Latin America. BIENESTAR strongly believes that the solutions to community challenges can be found within the community.



Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!

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Welcome New Partners


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Northern California - Contact Jason Dumont at

Southern California - Contact Brandon Stephenson at

In the News

If Parents Drink and Drive, Their Kids May Too
Teens' risk for motoring under the influence rose with parents' bad example, researchers found.
HealthDay News, December 6, 2011

Teens whose parents drink and drive are much more likely to do so themselves, a new U.S. government study finds.

The research, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), suggests that parents' behavior behind the wheel has a very strong influence on teenagers.

The study was based on national survey data of roughly 67,500 people aged 12 and older. The SAMHSA researchers found that more than 18 percent of 16- and 17-year olds living with a mother who drove under the influence of drugs or alcohol had also driven under the influence. In contrast, only about 11 percent of teens living with a mother who didn't drive after drinking engaged in this risky behavior. Read more

Keep Your Eyes Out On These Toy Safety Tips
From the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Union City Patch, December 3, 2011

As the holiday season approaches, parents across the United States are making their lists for Santa in hopes of making a happy occasion for their youngsters.

And while the little ones may know what toys are the most popular, they are ill-equipped to determine which ones can potentially be dangerous.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were more than 250,000 toy-related injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2010; nearly three quarters of those injured were children under age 15. Read more

California's healthcare spending per person among lowest in U.S.
By Duke Helfand
Los Angeles Times, December 7, 2011

For more evidence that the Golden State has lost some of its luster, consider this news from the federal government: California spends less per person on healthcare than all but eight states.

New data show that total spending by insurers, government agencies and individuals amounted to $6,238 per resident in 2009, well below the national average of $6,815. That puts California on a bottom tier with Arkansas, Georgia, Texas, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and Idaho.

Healthcare analysts blame the low spending largely on the fact that the state has more than 7 million people who are uninsured, or about 1 in 5 Californians. As a result, many of these people seek medical treatment only when they are severely ill or injured.

Another factor is the low reimbursement rate the state Medi-Cal insurance program pays doctors and hospitals to treat the poor. California spent a smaller amount on low-income care -- $4,569 per person -- than any other state in 2009, the federal report shows. Healthcare providers are suing the state to block a 10% cut in reimbursements. Read more

Interesting Information

Ranking California's health
Sign On San Diego, December 6, 2011

Here’s the good news: California continues to be a national leader in low smoking rates, high rates of early prenatal care, low infant mortality, and few workplace deaths.

But our air still is the nation's most polluted, many children aren't getting immunized and lack of health insurance remains a problem, a report released Tuesday shows.

The 22nd annual "America’s Health Rankings" report puts California 24th among states in overall health, based on 23 measures. Published by United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention, the report is aimed at helping individuals and policymakers improve the public's health. Read more


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