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Protesters at a rally against the planned Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline in British Columbia.

Are local communities bearing the brunt of the shift to heavier crude oil?

Bay Area refineries are gearing up to receive and process a growing volume of tar sands and heavy crude oils. What does this mean for the health of residents in the region?
[Photo by fourbyfourblazer via Flickr.]

How is gang violence damaging children and what can be done?

How is gang violence damaging children? To help answer that question, a reporter for the Orange County Register is following a family in Santa Ana, Calif. that has been touched by gang violence.
Students line up outside El Marino Language School as vehicles zoom by on Interstate 405 in Culver City, California.

The invisible hazard afflicting thousands of schools

Across the country, in big cities and small towns, kids attend schools so close to busy roads that traffic exhaust poses a health risk.
[Photo by Casey Christie/The Californian]

Calif. lawmaker seeks valley fever funding, overhaul of reporting guidelines

The bill would bring $2 million to an already-established state fund for valley fever vaccine research and create guidelines for how local, state and federal agencies report cases.
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In South Los Angeles, a reborn hospital takes aim at chronic disease epidemic

Can a revamped community hospital overcome a history of dysfunction and place residents of South Los Angeles on a path to better health and lower rates of chronic disease?
Dr. David Elbaum helps his patient, Juan Solis, who contracted cocci meningitis in 2008, his wife Julie is with him during the d

Juan Solis lives a life in the shadows, his health destroyed by valley fever

When Juan Solis shuffles out of his dark bedroom, he’s careful not to get too close to the windows. He only walks his dogs at night. That's because Solis has extreme light sensitivity, caused by valley fever.
Photo via Flickr

3D imaging could answer fundamental questions about valley fever

A Phoenix-based laboratory is capturing detailed images of the fungus that causes valley fever, hoping to better understand how it works.
Photo by United Themes via Flickr

All the world's a game for newer programs that aim to get kids moving

Can games with prizes and incentives get kids moving more? Two programs in the U.S. and U.K. show early promise.

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The engagement editor's mission: to advance the work of our California media partners, furthering public knowledge, storytelling, engagement and connection around community health and health policy issues in diverse communities. The ideal candidate will have both journalism and community engagement experience. Go to this link to apply.

We're looking for journalists who think big and want to gain new insights into the effects on vulnerable children  and their families of poverty, trauma and toxic stress. The all-expenses-paid 2017 National Fellowship, which provides five days of intensive workshops, field trips and discussions, along with $2,000-$12,000 grants for reporting and community engagement and six months of mentoring. Click here for details. Deadline: March 24.

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