CA Access News

July 2011


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


Spread Mental Health Awareness to All During July in Honor of a NAMI Heroine

By Marin Swesey, NAMI Multicultural Action Center manager
NAMI Blog, June 23, 2011

Bebe Moore Campbell was an accomplished author, advocate, co-founder of NAMI Urban Los Angeles and national spokesperson. Through her work, she broke barriers of stigma and advocated the importance of bringing mental health education to underserved, diverse communities. In November 2006, Campbell lost her battle with brain cancer. Two years later, friends advocated on her behalf to make a dream reality: the U.S. House of Representatives proclaimed July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, a month of national recognition of her ideals:

  • Improved access to mental health treatment and services and public awareness of mental illness are of paramount importance; and
  • Enhanced public awareness of mental illness and mental illness among minorities.

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Partner Spotlight

Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation

Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation

Mission: Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation is dedicated to improving health in our Inland Empire community through education at the individual, professional and community level.

About: In 1984, a group of 19 physicians created the Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation to fund a regular schedule of health education activities, including public lectures, support group meetings, a health and wellness newspaper Health Scene, and a patient information medical library.



Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!

Would you like to see your organization's event listed? Contact Jason Dumont at to help advertise your upcoming event.

Welcome New Partners

Join Now

Do you know a group who would be interested in joining CPAT? Please send your referrals to:

Northern California - Contact Jason Dumont at

Southern California - Contact Brandon Stephenson at

In the News

America just keeps getting fatter: A comprehensive state-by-state report titled 'F as in Fat' shows that obesity rates continue to climb, along with diabetes and high blood pressure
Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, July 7, 2011

America continues to get fatter, according to a comprehensive new report on the nation's weight crisis. Statistics for 2008-2010 show that 16 states are experiencing steep increases in adult obesity, and none has seen a notable downturn in the last four years.

Meanwhile, cases of Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure that health experts have long warned would result from the nation's broadening girth and sedentary ways are becoming increasingly widespread, according to the report, titled "F as in Fat," released last Thursday. Read more

Prepare for the Weather and Beat the Heat
California Emergency Management Agency

Summer is here and temperatures are rising fast. Visit Cal EMA's Heat Preparedness website for valuable information about what you can do to stay safe and beat the heat.

National Prevention Strategy aims to keep Americans healthier, living longer
Marni Jameson, Orlando Sentinel, July 11, 2011

Replace deep fryers in cafeterias with salad bars. Add miles of safe, lighted sidewalks and bike lanes to neighborhoods to encourage outdoor activity. Help new moms breastfeed within an hour of giving birth. Bring more farm-fresh vegetables to everyone's table.

These are among the hundreds of health goals set forth in the National Prevention Strategy, the federal government's 122-page plan to make Americans healthier, which was released this month. Read more

Interesting Information

7 out of 10 children don’t wear sunglasses outdoors

VSP® Vision Care launches online video to raise awareness of protecting your eyes from the sun

"The sun contains a wide spectrum of radiation, such as ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which damage the eyes the same way they damage the skin. However, much of the damage the sun causes can be prevented simply by wearing a pair of sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays," said Dr. Leanne Liddicoat, a VSP optometrist who stars in VSP Vision Care's EyeFiles™ web series, which can be viewed on the EyeFiles tab on the VSP Facebook page: The latest video highlights the importance of wearing sunglasses at any age.

UVA and UVB rays can cause cataracts and macular degeneration, and are believed to cause melanomas (cancerous growths both inside and around the eyes), all of which can cause blindness. UV damage is cumulative over time, so it's never too early or too late to start protecting your eyes from the sun, especially with young children.


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