Not too long ago, the California Wellness Basis, aka Cal Wellness, commissioned the Discipline Analysis Company, a polling firm, to interview almost 2,200 Californians about subjects comparable to medical health insurance, crime, employment, and the setting of their neighborhood. These communities included:
- Los Angeles County
- The San Francisco Bay Space
- The South Coast, which spans Ventura County to the Mexican border, per the State of California Coastal Conservancy
- The Inland Empire, which includes 15 San Bernardino cities, based on the League of California Cities
- Central Valley, a 40- to 60-mile vast and 450-mile lengthy agricultural space that features state capital Sacramento, Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, Redding, and Stockton
Out of the 5, Central Valley respondents “had been the more than likely to say their communities felt polluted, unsafe and unhealthy,” The New York Occasions mentioned. “Requested to fee whether or not their neighborhood was a ‘wholesome place to reside,’ 45 % of the valley’s residents selected ‘truthful,’ ‘poor’ or ‘very poor.’ … The Central Valley was additionally the area more than likely to take a good or worse view of air pollution — 55 %, in comparison with 42 % statewide — and public security — 56 %, in comparison with 46 % statewide.”
Consequently, solely about half of Central Valley respondents believed they’d clear consuming water. Environmentalists have raised considerations about fertilizers leaking into the valley’s groundwater for years, the Occasions mentioned.
What Questions Did the Survey Ask?
The Advancing Wellness Ballot requested 120 questions. Some had been U.S. Census Bureau-type questions, comparable to:
- Together with your self, how many individuals presently reside in your family?
- What number of of those individuals are youngsters underneath age 18?
- Are you White or Caucasian, Black or African-American, Asian, Pacific Islander, American Indian or an Alaskan native, or a member of one other race?
- Do you personal or hire your own home?
5 questions requested respondents to rank their neighborhood by way of gang and gun violence, high quality of public colleges, entry to wholesome meals, job alternatives for at-risk youth, and air pollution, comparable to rubbish and pesticides.
A number of in-depth questions requested about healthcare. For instance:
- Have you ever been instructed by a health care provider that you’ve got a continual well being situation, like diabetes, hypertension, excessive ldl cholesterol or coronary heart illness?
- Do you presently have any type of healthcare protection? This would come with medical health insurance that you simply obtain by your or one other member of the family’s employer or union, by a authorities program, like Medicare, Medi-Cal or the army, or by a well being plan that you simply bought individually.
Forty-nine % of respondents mentioned they couldn’t afford medical health insurance.
“Latinos are extra seemingly [than] the state’s different ethnic populations to report difficulties in getting each medical care and dental care after they want it,” the ballot mentioned. “About one in three of the Latinos surveyed (31%) say it is vitally or considerably tough for them to get medical care after they want it, and almost half (46%) say this with regard to getting dental care.”