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posted 10/27/2015

When small business owners in Santa Cruz, California, shared their frustration about the Affordable Care Act hiking their health insurance premiums by 85%, commentator Rush Limbaugh noticed, mentioning my story in the Santa Cruz Sentinel twice in his broadcast.

posted 02/25/2015

After a rain, mushrooms pop up.  Even if you are an experienced mushroom hunter, it's hard to tell the difference between an edible variety and one that can be deadly. ...

posted 01/21/2015

In Santa Cruz County, the contract dispute between Blue Shield and Sutter Health hits home because of Sutter's large presence here.

posted 01/09/2015

How do you make sense of a decision made by key players outside your coverage area that affects your community like a punch in the gut?

posted 09/03/2014

What happens when a health reporter personally tries out some of the health trends she routinely covers? Jondi Gumz committed herself to taking more steps and eating healthier foods than ever before. Not that it always came easy, especially on deadline days.

posted 07/15/2014

This story about a congressman accepting a challenge to live healthier for 30 days and encouraging constituents to do the same came out of the blue....

posted 05/06/2014

The problem in Santa Cruz County's San Lorenzo Valley is unhealthy air. The question is: What can be done to improve it?

posted 04/22/2014

Two years ago Sara Keenan was overweight and dependent on pain-killers that were shutting down her lungs and putting her at risk of dying. Today she is off pain-killers and 170 pounds lighter, with ambitions to become a personal coach to give hope to others who are overweight. Here is how she did it

posted 03/28/2014

Are there enough doctors in your county to serve people in your county newly insured by Covered California? In Santa Cruz County, we can't tell....

posted 02/19/2014

As the March 15 deadline approaches to buy a 2014 health plan at the state exchange, Santa Cruz County residents are on their own to figure out which doctors are in the three Covered California plans available to them.

Awards and Updates

San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, 2014, serious feature, 2nd place, "Story of Recovery" - awarded by SF Peninsula Press Club

A new mom of twins shared her story about dealing with postpartum depression.

Jondi Gumz's Blog

When small business owners in Santa Cruz, California, shared their frustration about the... more »
posted 10/27/15
After a rain, mushrooms pop up.  Even if you are an experienced mushroom hunter, it's hard to... more »
posted 02/25/15
In Santa Cruz County, the contract dispute between Blue Shield and Sutter Health hits home... more »
posted 01/21/15

Jondi Gumz's Work

When Tim Fitzmaurice lost his wife Ginny, his partner of 44 years, to dementia in 2014, his experience as her caregiver brought him so much pain and guilt that he kept it to himself. Until Tuesday, when he asked Santa Cruz County health staff to reach out to families dealing with dementia.

An increase in malpractice insurance coverage is under review by Dominican Hospital's parent, Catholic Healthcare West, sparking concerns among doctors locally and across the state.

California launched its new Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Oct. 25, but it won't help Soquel resident Michael Rosenberg.

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