SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) released the following statement after Gov. Jerry Brown released his initial budget proposal:
“I believe the Governor has laid out a responsible approach to this year’s budget. Due to the uncertainty we face at the federal level, I think it is prudent to proceed cautiously. We need to wait and see what the new Trump Administration will propose to important programs like the Affordable Care Act and respond appropriately. What the Governor has proposed today is a starting point and we will use the next six months to develop a balanced budget.”
(Fresno, CA) – Doctor Joaquin Arambula, State Assemblymember from Fresno, brought together experts and officials for a public discussion about bringing a medical school to the Central Valley. Dr. Arambula, and everyone else in attendance, said the best way to meet the growing health care needs of the underserved communities of the Fresno region is to build a new medical school. The hearing was held at one of the possible sites for a new medical school, the UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research. Here are some highlights from the hearing in this Assemnbly Access video.
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