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posted 03/18/2020
Leaders on the front lines of the campaign to eradicate homelessness in L.A. are cautiously celebrating the rewards of the health-driven policy known as “housing first.”
posted 10/08/2015

How much does prosperity mitigate race-based health disparities? Orange County's African-American community is relatively wealthy and has a high rate of access to medical care, particularly compared to other ethnic communities in the area. Yet blacks fare worse on a number of key health outcomes.

posted 02/27/2015

Known as bodega clinics or storefront clinics — these doctors' offices are incredibly popular in Orange County's Latino neighborhoods. But public health officials harbor a number of concerns about such "bodega" clinics.

posted 02/05/2015

With all the attention that domestic violence has received of late, the unique struggles of immigrant families beset by domestic violence have remained largely overlooked. Here's a look at a 3-part series that I wrote on the dynamics of domestic abuse in immigrant families.

posted 11/21/2013

My series for Voice of OC on immigrants' health decline as they live in the U.S began with a study that got my attention. It showed that life expectancy rates in the Orange County were higher for Latinos than whites. I was surprised for a couple reasons.

posted 02/22/2013

Good health is almost always associated with wealth and education, and yet low-income, newly arrived Latinos with neither of these are generally healthier than whites by a number of measures - what's known as the “Latino Health Paradox.” But within decades of their arrival, their health declines.

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First Place, Best Cannabis Coverage, 2019 - awarded by Orange County Press Club
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Amy DePaul's Blog

Leaders on the front lines of the campaign to eradicate homelessness in L.A. are cautiously... more »
posted 03/18/20
How much does prosperity mitigate race-based health disparities? Orange County's African-American... more »
posted 10/08/15
Known as bodega clinics or storefront clinics — these doctors' offices are incredibly popular in... more »
posted 02/27/15

Amy DePaul's Work

Homelessness is a health crisis, and the clock is ticking. With homeless life expectancy between 42 and 52, and half of the nation's homeless at least 50, it's not surprising that Orange and several other California counties have seen a dramatic rise in homeless deaths in recent years.

Low-income Mexican immigrants might be healthier than the overall U.S. population on some measures, but that health advantage fades as immigrants adjust to life in the U.S. That in turn can have worrying consequences when it comes to Latina birth outcomes.

Low-income Mexican immigrants with little formal schooling are healthier than the overall U.S. population, according to a number of measures. But once in the U.S., they lose their health advantages within a generation, despite the improvement in their standard of living.