In My Own Words

Dental Care Should Be a Reality for Our Children

October 15, 2015

http://sacobserver.com/2015/10/richard-pan-dental-care-should-be-a-reality-for-our-children/

Benjamin Franklin said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that doesn’t ring more true than with dental care.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 40 percent of children have decay by the time they reach kindergarten.

Hometown Heroes

September 25, 2015

The entire Sacramento region is a community of many heroes.  We see neighbors and loved ones taking action everyday so others can be healthy and safe. On September 11, 14 years after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, more than 10,000 people in our community came together and honored three of our own who showed absolute courage by preventing a terrorist attack on a train in France.  We are still beaming with pride. 

State Fair Offers Best of Our State

August 5, 2015

What’s not to love about the California State Fair? Whether you come for the splash dogs, concerts, cooking demonstrations, scientific wonders, award-winning California wines or the funnel cake, the fair brings the best our state has to offer, right in our own backyard.

Vaccines are safe

June 26, 2015

When I ran for the State Senate, I pledged to work to make our communities safe and healthy. Shortly after being sworn in, measles spread from Disneyland across California and the country because too many children were not vaccinated against measles and other preventable contagious diseases. To prevent future outbreaks, I authored legislation, SB277, to require school children be vaccinated, unless a physician believes vaccination is not appropriate for the child.

April 14, 2015

Sometimes there are miracles in medicine. One of the most eagerly anticipated announcements in medical history was made 60 years ago last Sunday. The world learned that a vaccine for polio developed by a young scientist named Jonas Salk was safe and effective.

April 7, 2015

http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article17750384.html

By Ed Hernandez, Richard Pan and Rob Bonta

We represent distinctly different parts of a diverse state, but we stand together when it comes to keeping communities safe and healthy, reducing the risk of illnesses associated with tobacco and increasing access to health care.