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Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 3:00am

My fellowship project was prompted by a question I’d been wondering about: Might mindfulness be a “prescription” for our health care system? I have heard from countless people who told me how meditating had changed their life. So why is it not more commonly recommended by providers?

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 4:00am

When it comes to lowering high infant mortality rates, Rwanda has become an encouraging if unexpected example of what can be done with "big data made small."

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Monday, December 28, 2015 - 3:00am

Whether it's doctors or restaurants, it turns out that our brains are more likely to be influenced by narrative reviews, such as those on Yelp, than by other rating systems and metrics.

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December 28, 2015 | 1 comments
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 3:00am

Earlier in my career, I thought I needed “big data” to take my reporting to the next level. But I didn't understand at the time that truly big data was beyond my grasp. Most reporters don't need to manipulate such huge datasets to carry out smart, data-driven journalism.

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December 22, 2015 | 1 comments
Friday, December 18, 2015 - 3:00am

“In many African American communities, mental health issues have a history of being undertreated and underdiagnosed.” That was the beginning of the host intro for my radio series on mental health care within African American communities, and a focus sentence that led me throughout my reporting.

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December 18, 2015 | 0 comments
Friday, December 18, 2015 - 12:00am

Interested in radio? San Francisco's KQED and WUSF Tampa are both looking for experienced professionals to join their teams. Check and these positions and more in our weekly roundup.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 4:00am

A complaint filed this week alleges that California is engaging in unlawful discrimination by paying some of the lowest reimbursement rates in the country to the state’s Medicaid providers. As some coverage pointed out, the notion that low rates are limiting access to doctors is “not unfounded."

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 3:00am

The media tends to focus on national chains such as Target and Walmart that have taken steps to offer healthier products. But the work being done to improve small stores provides a great opportunity for reporters to tell local stories in underserved areas.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 3:00am

Cohen recently gave California fellows a master class in how to approach public records. In her talk, Cohen stressed the level of pre-reporting that needs to be done before filing a request. Here are a few key takeaways.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 3:00am

In too many states, you cannot get access to death certificates without being a next of kin, an attorney, or a law enforcement official. Frankly, that's absurd. Here are two examples from recent headlines that show why death certificates can prove so useful.

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Monday, December 14, 2015 - 4:00am

Just five years ago, newly minted doctors looking for jobs in a desirable city had to get in line. Doctors hoping to score work in cosmopolitan Los Angeles, for example, often found themselves commuting hours to faraway locales. That has dramatically changed. But why?

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Friday, December 11, 2015 - 12:00am

Bloomberg Media is looking for a consumer health reporter to join the editorial team at its flagship online publication. Plus, consider putting your application together for the 2016 California Health Journalism Fellowship by the Center for Health Journalism.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 4:00am

The health insurance marketplaces offer consumers a multitude of options, but sorting out which plan bests suit their needs can be a slog. That’s especially true when it comes to figuring out whether a particular doctor is part of a plan’s network, since the directories are famously unreliable.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 3:00am

A reporting project on the rising incidence of diabetes among Indian communities finds virtue in taking an explanatory approach. "Linking our cuisine to impactful statistics and studies, I hoped, would grab the reader’s attention," California Fellow Parimal Rohit writes.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 4:00am

Notions of personal failure and our collective ignorance of what it’s like to live on $8.60 a day help explain why 20 states have not covered the very poorest, and why Medicaid as we know it could disappear.

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