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As part of the Center for Health Journalism Fellowship, journalists work with a senior fellow to develop a special project. Recent projects have examined health disparities by ZIP code in the San Francisco Bay Area, anxiety disorders and depression in the Hispanic immigrant community in Washington state, and the importance of foreign-born doctors to health care in rural communities.

Julie Paez enjoys the cool of a summer morning in the backyard of her San Bernardino home.

On December 2, 2015, Julie Paez was shot twice during the San Bernardino terror attack. KVCR's Matt Guilhem recently spoke to Paez about her recovery and determination to move forward from that trauma.


The saturation coverage of the San Bernardino terror attack put parents in a tight spot. Should they talk to their children about what happened? KVCR's Matt Guilhem looks at how two different families with personal connections to the tragedy navigated the situation.


Minutes after gunfire erupted in San Bernardino last December, emergency personnel from a host of local agencies were there. KVCR's Matt Guilhem examines the traumatic scene first responders arrived at that day and the lingering effects the attack has had.

The chaos outside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino following the terrorist mass shooting of December 2, 2015.

The December attack on San Bernardino County employees brought ISIS-inspired terrorism to the Inland Empire. KVCR's Matt Guilhem begins a series of stories on mental health in the wake of the shooting.

Rochelle Nishimoto recounts the death of her son Jason with her other son Adrian. (Lisa Pickoff-White/KQED)

There have been more than two dozen San Diego County jail suicides between 2010 and 2015, well above average. The suicides highlight a national problem: the increasing number of mentally ill people landing in jails.


Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the program is mainly aimed at African American and Latino residents of public and low income housing. The project coincides, say organizers, with HUD’s proposed ban on smoking inside individual units.

Gerardo Fernández, Alianza News Saúl, 32, started having seizures about 17 years ago.

A complaint filed with HHS’ Office of Civil Rights alleges that Medi-Cal’s 13 million beneficiaries do not have adequate health care. Seven million of them are Latinos.

U.S. Border Patrol houses unaccompanied minors in detention centers like this. || Photo Credit: John Moore/Getty Images News/Get

“We wanted to see the sun because the lights were on inside all the time. They would wake us up all the time, they wouldn’t let us sleep,” said one unaccompanied minor placed in a Texas detention center. “I wanted to cry. I thought, ‘God why am I here. Why did I come?’”

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More than two years after the Affordable Care Act took effect, members of Fresno’s traditionally underserved communities still struggle to find proper access, reports 2016 California Fellow Hannah Esqueda.

These days, hundreds of Texas pediatric dentists spend their days counseling parents about the importance of taking care of their young children’s teeth. Can Florida's troubled Medicaid dental program emulate Texas' success?



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