SACRAMENTO — Today, Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) held the first of a three-part roundtable discussion titled, “Advancing Latino Health: Are California Medical Schools Meeting the Needs of the Latino Community?”
The discussion focused on issues related to health disparities in the Latino community and the roles that certain barriers play into Latinos’ lack of health insurance including language, religion, and fear of exposing immigration status.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) presented legislation to the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee that will help improve drinking water systems in communities that lack the infrastructure to provide safe and clean water. He presented Senate Bill 552 on behalf of Senator Lois Wolk, which authorizes the State Water Board to contract with a third party administrator to provide administrative and managerial services to failing public water systems. “All Californians have a right to safe, clean, affordable and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes,” Dr. Arambula told the Committee. “Yet many Californians – especially in disadvantaged communities - are still unable to turn on their tap and enjoy this basic human right.” SB 552 was approved by the Committee and will be heard next by the Appropriations Committee. http://www.asmdc.org/arambula
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) and Fresno’s Republican Mayor Ashley Swearengin made a bipartisan call for help to the California State Assembly Budget Committee to encourage increased investment of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds in Fresno, which has the highest concentration of disadvantaged communities in the state. “I’ve seen first-hand the dire effects of poor air and water quality. If we are what we eat, drink and breathe, then we have a lot of catching up to do,” said Dr. Arambula. “The Valley deserves our fair share of these funds.” According to the California Environmental Protection Agency, Fresno ranks atop the list of California’s most disadvantaged communities, when it comes to challenges ranging from polluted water to joblessness. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Bipartisan call to help transform California’s most disadvantaged communities
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D – Fresno) and Mayor Ashley Swearengin (R – Fresno) testified before the California State Assembly Budget Committee today to encourage increased investment of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds in Fresno, which has the highest concentration of disadvantaged communities in the state.
“More than two thirds of the neighborhoods in Fresno are at poverty or extreme poverty levels, and changing those conditions will take deliberate action and a strong public-private partnership,” said Mayor Swearengin. “We need a catalyst for further investment that will help struggling cities overcome obstacles and bring new life to our most vulnerable communities.”
(Sacramento) - Newly elected Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D - Fresno)
is requesting budget funding for a program intended to identify health disparities by race,
ethnicity and language data. "I've seen firsthand the health disparities that exist," said Dr.
Arambula. "The data we collect will help guide future solutions to this major medical issue."
Arambula made the requests before the Budget Subcommittee on Health & Human Services to
spearhead an effort by the California Latino Legislative Caucus to address these issues across the
state. In addition, Dr. Arambula also asked that $15 million be invested in a program administered
by the Department of Healthcare Services to provide and reimburse medical interpretation services
to Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients. Here's more from Dr.
Arambula in this Assembly Access video. www.asmdc.org/arambula
(Sacramento) – In a special ceremony on the floor of the California Assembly Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) took the oath of office to serve as the Assemblymember of the 31st District. Dr. Arambula says during his time in the Assembly he will focus on expanding access to clean water, increasing the amount of water available for farms, and ensuring that everyone has the right to quality and affordable medical care. Fresno’s KSEE24 News was in Sacramento for the swearing in ceremony. Watch KSEE24 News reporter Janelle Bludau’s story in this Assembly Assets video.
Local Emergency Room Physician to Focus on Healthcare, Water, Jobs
(SACRAMENTO)—Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) took the oath of office to serve as the Assemblymember of the 31st District today in a brief ceremony on the Floor of the California Assembly.
“It is an honor to represent the Central Valley,” said Dr. Arambula. “I intend to be a true public servant, and listen more than talk. Most importantly, every decision I make will be in light of the needs of the constituents I am so proud to represent.”
“Dr. Arambula has dedicated his life to serving his community – first as an emergency room physician, and now as a member of the Assembly,” said Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount). “Representing a district that shares many of the challenges Dr. Arambula’s constituents face, I know he will be an effective and dedicated advocate for the people of the Valley.”
After a bruising special election campaign brought on by the resignation of his predecessor in the Assembly, Dr. Arambula won the seat outright without the need for a runoff.
In the Assembly, Dr. Arambula will focus on expanding access to clean water, increasing the amount of water available for farms, and ensuring that everyone has the right to quality and affordable medical care.
Dr. Arambula was born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley, where he attended Fresno public schools. Later he completed medical school, and returned to his home community to practice medicine as an emergency room physician in the City of Selma. He lives in Kingsburg with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three daughters.
Below are links to audio of Assemblymember Arambula:
Assemblymember Arambula has the oath of office administered by Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon. (1:00)
Assemblymember Arambula thanks his supporters, friends and family during his remarks on the Assembly floor following his swearing in. (:39)
Assemblymember Arambula, speaking with reporters after his swearing in, says water policy will be his first priority. (:18)
Assemblymember Arambula, speaking with reporters after his swearing in, says he’s humbled and honored to represent his district in the State Assembly. (:16)
Assemblymember Arambula, speaking with reporters after his swearing in, says he got some advice from his Dad, former Assemblymember Juan Arambula. (:18)
Assemblymember Arambula, speaking with reporters after his swearing in, says he’s ready to deal with another election. (:12)
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Dr. Joaquin Arambula is sworn in by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. Looking on are his three daughters and wife, Elizabeth. Arambula now represents the 31st Assembly District. The seat has been vacant due to the resignation of former Assemblyman Henry T. Perea.