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Orange County’s surprising problem often hides in the shadows. When you think of the homeless in the United States, what – and who – comes to mind? Transient men in inner cities? The chronically addicted? The mentally ill? Would it surprise you to know that, in...

Poor oral health care for children can result in chronic problems throughout life, and it is largely preventable. If your child had a broken bone, would you allow her to suffer with excruciating pain and let the bone heal badly, causing her lifelong challenges as a...

Want a solution to the dropout crisis?  Teach kids to read before kindergarten. Imagine if there were a problem that affected one in three high school students (approximately 4 million students a year) resulting in issues that cost U.S. taxpayers more than $8 billion a year?...

Outside appearances paint Orange County as a vibrant community filled with happy, active families and a robust economy. But what you don't see on the surface tells the tale for thousands of our neighbors who are unemployed or underemployed, homeless or in unstable housing, and...

If community health is sub-optimal, we are all impacted.  Whether we talk about the possibility of a major outbreak of a communicable disease (think measles, influenza or tuberculosis), or we talk about how the long-term implications of increasing chronic conditions such as diabetes will impact our...

by Dick Allen When Alexis de Tocqueville, a French political thinker and historian, toured America in the early days of our democracy, he observed that philanthropy was very different in the United States than in any other country. Our giving spirit was “uniquely American,” as we...