Home visitation programs, taking advantage of early brain development, can increase child’s chances of academic success

The first five years of a child’s life are far and away the most important in terms of long-term development prospects. Ninety percent of brain growth occurs during those first years. The brains of small children are also much more flexible and malleable, prone to being shaped by things like care and nurturing, but also… [Continue Reading]

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Filmmaker explores health care issues in ‘The Waiting Room’ at Oakland’s Highland Hospital

OAKLAND — When Bay Area filmmaker Peter Nicks started working on “The Waiting Room,” his documentary about Oakland’s Highland Hospital, one fact stood out immediately: the overwhelming diversity of the human stories he encountered. One day, for instance, a renowned drummer from West Africa got sick and wound up in the hospital. Almost overnight, dozens… [Continue Reading]

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Meet the Oakland filmmaker behind ‘Fruitvale,’ the Oscar Grant movie

Director Ryan Coogler accepts the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award for the film… ( Danny Moloshok ) Just moments before leaving his Hayward home, a young African-American man with a sweet face and a hooded sweatshirt, going by the name Oscar, leans down to kiss his young daughter goodbye. “Don’t go,” she implores him, and explains… [Continue Reading]

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Oakland Effect: How the media cover gun violence

Do the media in this country do a good — or even an adequate — job of covering gun violence? How can they improve their performance? And how do the current laws on the books affect the task of journalists who cover mass shootings and daily violence? These were just some of the questions on [...]

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Guns & Violence

Oakland Effect: The hard facts of stray bullets

  The other day I was walking on the edge of East Oakland and I heard what I am pretty sure was the sound of a gun being fired. It was the middle of the day. I looked around. A couple of other people also stopped, scanned the area, and kept on walking. My first [...]

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Health & Wealth

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Filmmaker explores health care issues in ‘The Waiting Room’ at Oakland’s Highland Hospital

OAKLAND — When Bay Area filmmaker Peter Nicks started working on “The Waiting Room,” his documentary about Oakland’s Highland Hospital, one fact stood out immediately: the overwhelming diversity of the human stories he encountered. One day, for instance, a renowned drummer from West Africa got sick and wound up in the hospital. Almost overnight, dozens [...]

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Juvenile Justice

Ryan Coogler

Meet the Oakland filmmaker behind ‘Fruitvale,’ the Oscar Grant movie

Director Ryan Coogler accepts the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award for the film… ( Danny Moloshok ) Just moments before leaving his Hayward home, a young African-American man with a sweet face and a hooded sweatshirt, going by the name Oscar, leans down to kiss his young daughter goodbye. “Don’t go,” she implores him, and explains [...]

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Science of Trauma

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Home visitation programs, taking advantage of early brain development, can increase child’s chances of academic success

The first five years of a child’s life are far and away the most important in terms of long-term development prospects. Ninety percent of brain growth occurs during those first years. The brains of small children are also much more flexible and malleable, prone to being shaped by things like care and nurturing, but also [...]

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