Series on Adult Day Health Care Centers Wins National Award

By EGP Staff Report

Late last October, Eastern Group Publications/EGPNews.com participated in a special collaboration with the CHCF Center for Health Reporting, and eight other Los Angeles area ethnic media outlets — all  members of LA Beez, a project of New America Media — to bring attention to the devastating impact proposed elimination of California’s Adult Day Healthcare program would have on ethnic communities.

On April 4, the Association of Health Care Journalists announced its “Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism,” including an Honorable Mention in the Consumer/Feature (large) category for the joint project titled “Adult Health Center Cuts Devastate Elderly, Disabled.”

According to the AHCJ website, the awards “recognize the best health reporting in 10 categories… and reflect the changing media marketplace. Instead of traditional silos – separate categories for print, radio, TV and online – the contest moved to topic-area categories. Reporters from across mediums competed head-to-head.

“AHCJ received more than 400 entries – a record,” from across the country.

The special report was published in October 2011.

The project was submitted under “Jocelyn Wiener, Lauren M. Whaley, CHCF Center for Health Reporting with New America Media.”

EGP Staff Writer Gloria Angelina Castillo’s article looked at the ramifications of the cuts on disabled seniors and adults receiving services from California’s biggest provider of adult day health care.

In the story titled “Budget Cuts Force AltaMed to Transition Senior Care Centers,” Castillo explores the fears and anxiety of low-income, mostly Latino patients at those facilities; caregivers worried that eliminating the program could force a loved ones into a nursing home; and staff at the centers who were concerned about losing their jobs, and that the health of their patients would quickly deteriorate if they no longer had the program to help them stay physically and socially active.

The story also looked at how adult day health care provider AltaMed was looking for ways to transition patients to other health care programs.

This is what the judges had to say about the project:

“Because of deep budget cuts in California, the Adult Day Health Centers were slated for elimination. This series looked at the impact on the seniors and disabled people who count on ADHC services. Across California, nearly 40-thousand people depend on these centers for meals and medical care as well as a sense of community.

“The project was a partnership between the California Health Care Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting and nine Los Angeles area ethnic media organizations. In many Los Angeles communities, local media are residents’ only means of following the news. With coordinating help from New America Media, this multi-lingual partnership yielded 10 print stories in four languages, three audio slideshows and a photo gallery.

The recognition was for a project focused on adult day health care cuts to centers like the one pictured above. (EGP photo by Gloria Angelina Castillo)

“This is local news at its finest — right at the community level.  It is also foundation-backed journalism at its finest.”

To read EGP’s multi-piece SPECIAL REPORT: Adult Health Center Cuts Devastate Elderly, Disabled, in English and Spanish, go to www.EGPNews.com.

Other articles in the project:

A Place Where Elderly Find Comfort, Community by Jocelyn Wiener, CHCF Center for Health

Employees Worry about Elderly, Jobs in Bleak Future for Adult Day Health Care/Riesgo en salud y pérdidas de empleos a consecuencia de los recortes en Medi-Cal en Ca. by Agustín Durán, Latino California

Adult Center Closure Would Hit Filipino Community by Miko Santos, Asian Journal

Adult Health Center Closure Will Send Seniors, Employees Down Unknown Path by Geoff Chin, Media Central Inc.

Tears Flow as Alhambra Health Center Seniors Contemplate Its Closing by Daniela Gerson, Alhambra Source

Adult Day Health Care System Imperfect But Needed by Robert Wheaton, CaribPress

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April 13, 2012  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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One Response to “Series on Adult Day Health Care Centers Wins National Award”

  1. Andy on May 14th, 2012 10:40 pm

    I heard that CBAS will end on June 30, 2012 unless our old folks were able to enroll to one out of four HMOs. I tried to find some updates/ insights about this, but I dont know where to go.

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