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A sign points the way to the emergency room at Palomar Medical Center Escondido.

San Diego Hospitals Challenged by Jump in ER Use

ER visits rose 18% from 2012 to 2017, posing financial and operational difficulties.
Raena Granberry, shown here with her daughter, previously lost a child who was born premature.

How one reporter made an old statistic about black infant mortality new and urgent

Black babies in the U.S. are twice as likely to die as white babies in their first year. When I heard this decades-old statistic for the first time, it me like a slap to the face.
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Kaiser says it halved the hypertension gap between blacks and whites over a decade — but how?

The gap between African Americans and whites in controlling hypertension decreased by 58% from 2009 to 2017. Explaining why is trickier.
An undocumented Fresno woman who gave her name as "Raquel" walks outside her home.

Undocumented immigrants go without health care for fear of public charge proposal

The Trump administration’s proposal to broaden the definition of ‘public charge’; or a burden on U.S. taxpayers, has already stopped many immigrants from using public health services for fear that such use will block them from a green card.
San Leandro, Calif., resident Bella Comelo, and her husband, Ernest, have written their living wills.

An India-West Special Report: As Death Approaches, Older Indian Americans Unprepared for the End

Discomfort with end-of-life care discussions is not uncommon among many older immigrants in the United States.
Aaron Wright’s story was part of Tessa Duvall’s larger look at the unusually high number of youth homicides in Duval County.

How letters from prison helped me develop sources and build trust with incarcerated youth

A journalist decided to write letters to 103 young people serving sentences in Florida prisons for murders. Could their stories shed light on what made Duval County Florida's "murder capital"?
A local resident from Humacao, Puerto Rico, is prepared for hand surgery.

Puerto Rico’s Post-Maria Medicaid Crisis

How Congress and the White House refuse to fund health care to the hurricane-ravaged island’s desperately poor.


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