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Santa Clara County supervisors green-light public health assessment of Latino and Hispanic residents

Original post made on Apr 23, 2023

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors greenlit the creation of a new, comprehensive assessment of the health of the Latino/Hispanic community in the county, something that hasn't been done in over 10 years.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, April 23, 2023, 7:39 AM

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Posted by Mondoman
a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 23, 2023 at 10:02 am

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Why not just collect data on all county residents?

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of another community
on Apr 23, 2023 at 7:39 pm

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I agree with Mondoman. With no comparison to other demographics such as race, gender (stated by the individual, not just presumed) and zip code, it is worthless data. For instance, why would any PA students be underserved by our supposed world class public schools? And can't lower incidences of disease be caused by lack of accessibility to healthcare? I hope the County won't waste millions of taxpayer dollars on yet another useless study that will only prove that water is wet, and further $tudy is required to explore why.

Posted by Forever Name
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 24, 2023 at 11:02 am

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@ Mondoman: Agree 100

The only studies that carry weight are well run RCTs (Random Controlled Trials). Any other approach means a study is geared towards a particular agenda and designed to reach a pre-defined outcome. This study proposed by SCCPHD (the same govt organization that enacted known catastrophic public health policies, such as closing schools -- data is incontrovertable on this failed policy), starts with an assumed premise that the Latino/Hispanic communities are facing more public health issues than other members of the community. That assumption negates any objectivity in the study. In order for a study to be relevant and evidence based, it must look at ALL members of the community. SCCPHD should consider consulting with Dr. Vinay Prasad, UCSF, world renown medical institution and international award winning professor, biostatistician, clincial physician about what a "good" study should look like, and how to interpret the results. He understands Evidenced Based Medicine (EBM).

Dr. Vinay Prasad, UCSF:
Web Link
"Does public health need to generate evidence? Yes, the obligation lies with them, and if they don’t do so after 3 years, they have failed the people they sought to serve. As time moves on, and the lies become more apparent, don’t be surprised if the people come to dismantle and defund their institutions. "

Dr. Vinay Prasad, UCSF
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"Public health should lose your trust: Trust a system in so far as it's performance"

Posted by We Told You So!
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 24, 2023 at 11:38 am

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Another "One sided" Study? I agree with the 3 posters above. Doing another study that benefits One Demographic that obviously has underlying motives. California is a "Sanctuary State" and is attracting our Neighbors from Mexico? It Stands to reason that there will be disadvantages that will occur. This will also affect and give Disadvantages to ALL the other Backgrounds? Everyone else's Quality of Life is being attack.
Especially with the "Overcrowding"? Most come from Mexico, where overcrowding is the "norm" and is expected via Their Culture. What about Americans here that have a "Quality of Life"? Why are we being destroyed? I do agree with the "Sickness" and other diseases that happen because of overcrowding. If you see the study between the East Palo Alto and their Counterpart in North Fair Oaks during Covid. They both carried sufficient amount of illness. I say this is behind overcrowding and trying to please those disadvantage groups, without regard to Others.

Just about 3 months ago in San Mateo, a Hispanic group announced that "Water was contaminated and Wet"?
The group "Nuestra Casa de East Palo Alto" did not and could not verify Their findings. They simply took off with Their Hair on Fire, contacting the Media, with a False narrative. They assumed & got the residents to say that the water tasted funny? I say this needs to end.
Its okay to have Advocates, but this being so pushy is making others hear them "Crying Wolf" constantly, becomes annoying.
There was also an Article written by THIS same Media, about the Education factor of how Smart the Hispanic children are becoming? And admitted that some demographics were just too small to count. That they could not apply a factor. So why report about and twist a presumption? I am more prompted in suspecting that there is an Agenda within?
Are they seeing the Hispanic/Latino Community as a "Cash Cow" to milk for Future dollars?
This is Unfair to Everyone else.

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