Gambling addiction, similar to other addictions, is a mental health concern. To lose in gambling is to lose more than just money; losing can lead to stress and depression, family strife, and even loss of jobs or educational opportunities. Gambling is more than a bad habit; it is a mental health issue that cannot be ignored.
Carlos Lee’s gambling addiction left him at his lowest point in life. With the help of his son and local support groups, Carlos found a path to recovery. In the second story of the series Our Voices, Our Health, Carlos reflects with his friend and coworker, Myron Dean Quon, on his experiences with and the issue of gambling addiction in the Asian American community.
The Pro Bono Spotlight honors volunteers and the important work they do to help Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA fulfill its mission of serving communities in need. In this edition, we recognize Shirley Wei, an immigration attorney with her own practice, the Law Office of Shirley Wei.
Previously on Part 2 of Health Care Access and Immigrant Barriers, Melevesi and Matelita discussed the difficulties of obtaining Medi-Cal approval for Matelita’s cancer treatments. In this final segment, Melevesi and Matelita reflect upon language and utilization barriers, as well as the importance of community clinics and storytelling.
Matelita Fifita reflects on her journey to better health after being diagnosed with stage three breast cancer with her daughter, Melevesi Fifita-Talavou. Matelia shares her experience having to postpone treatment because she lacked health insurance to cover costly screening services. With guidance from PIHP and other local organizations, Matelita was able to get health coverage and has been cancer free for six years now.
California needs to work harder to ensure ballot access for limited-English speaking voters. I should know – I’ve been fighting for bilingual ballots for over 50 years.
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