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About Health Dialogues

Health Dialogues is a special series from KQED's "The California Report" that facilitates an ongoing discussion of California health care issues that are important to the underserved: children, low-income residents, minorities, and people with disabilities to name just a few.

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The California Endowment

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Health Dialogues |  Thu, March 17, 2011 -- 8:00 PM

Medical Mistakes

Are California hospitals reporting medical mistakes and infections accurately - or at all? State officials estimate that thousands of Californians die each year from medical mistakes and patient infections, and that these infections are largely avoidable. Join Health Dialogues as we explore efforts to reduce these risks, and take a look at what officials and consumers can do to safeguard against medical mistakes.

Health Dialogues |  Thu, February 17, 2011 -- 8:00 PM

Disordered Eating

Many people have complicated relationships with food. Some overeat; others crash diet. This month, Health Dialogues explores what experts call "disordered eating." We look at the causes and effects of abnormal eating patterns, from the less severe to classic eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.

Health Dialogues |  Thu, January 20, 2011 -- 8:00 PM

Baby Boomers and Medicare

In January 2011, a demographic tsunami will hit Medicare as Baby Boomers start turning 65 and become eligible for federal health care benefits. Are there enough doctors to meet the demand for care? Is Medicare ready for the Boomers?

Health Dialogues |  Thu, December 16, 2010 -- 8:00 PM

Mental Health

Health Dialogues takes a look at successes and unmet needs in treating mental illness - from adolescents to veterans, in rural and urban areas. We also check in on the effects of Proposition 63, the state's mental health services act.

Health Dialogues |  Thu, November 18, 2010 -- 8:00 PM

Health Care Overhaul

How will the new federal health law affect you? Join us for an update, as key elements of this complicated overhaul are shaped. We also discuss what role prevention is expected to play in improving health and bringing down costs.

Health Dialogues |  Thu, October 21, 2010 -- 8:00 PM

Native American Health

Join Health Dialogues as we examine the health of Native Americans in California. Have gambling revenues impacted the population's health status? We'll explore the current condition of Native American health, and hear from people doing something to help.

Health Dialogues |  Thu, September 23, 2010 -- 8:00 PM

HIV/AIDS in California

Join Health Dialogues as we explore HIV/AIDS in California. How will the President's National HIV/AIDS Strategy affect our state? Why do African-Americans still have such a disproportionate rate of infection? We'll also explore what it's like to age with the disease, and get the latest news in prevention and treatment.

Health Dialogues |  Thu, August 19, 2010 -- 8:00 PM

End of Life Care

Join Health Dialogues as we explore issues surrounding the end of life. What role does culture play, what does insurance cover and what are some ways to plan for the inevitable?

Health Dialogues |  Thu, July 22, 2010 -- 8:00 PM

Rural Health in Northern California

Rural areas attract few hospitals or specialists, and transportation and weather conditions can add to difficulties in getting health care needs met for a population that has higher rates of poverty than cities. Join us as we take a road trip down Highway 299, and learn how medical professionals are working to bring quality care to this remote part of Northern California.

Health Dialogues |  Thu, June 17, 2010 -- 8:00 PM

Prison Health Care

The health care system for California's inmate population has been troubled for years, and a court-appointed receiver currently oversees prison health care. Now the Schwarzenegger administration wants the University of California to run the system instead. Join Health Dialogues as we take a look at prison health care today, and what it might become in the future.

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