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Can Orange County be a case study for the future of Alzheimer’s disease?

In Orange County, older adults die of Alzheimer’s disease at a higher rate than their peers in most of the country — it’s the third leading cause of death for the group, compared to the sixth nationwide.
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What’s driving San Joaquin County’s alarming rate of domestic violence?

In recent years, San Joaquin County has had a higher rate of domestic violence calls for assistance than the rest of the state. A reporter sets out to tell the stories behind the statistics.
Two-year-old Jesse Bryson enjoys a bag of Sun Chips during the Seamless Summer Food program at the Family Resource Center of the

In California’s far north, a vast food desert makes for hungry kids

Highly rural, the communities outside of Crescent City in Northern California are food deserts. “I hear from staff all the time, these kids are hungry when they come to school,” one school administrator says.
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Health Media Jobs & Opportunities: U.S. News & World Report needs a Health Editor

The Health section at U.S. News & World Report is seeking an experienced, full-time editor based in their Washington, D.C., office.
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Staring down the biggest reporting project of your life? Get organized

There are experts to find, interviews to do, data to be crunched, and photos and videos to coordinate. How do you begin? Veteran project lead Catherine Stifter shares some tips.
Dr. Emily Dossett, a reproductive psychiatrist who directs the Women’s Mental Health Program at LAC+USC.

New approaches help women suffering from maternal depression and domestic violence in L.A.'s safety net

 Are there better ways to help women suffering from domestic violence and maternal depression? Forward-thinking providers and programs located at LAC+USC Medical Center are trying new approaches.
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Sweeps of homeless camps in S.F. are creating a public health crisis

Serious mental and physical health issues are on the rise among S.F.’s homeless population, as the city recommits itself to seizing and disposing of their tents and belongings.
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A reporter learns to go slow and gain trust for series on harm reduction for drug users

"You can’t just waltz into a community of people who are marginalized and under threat, stick a microphone in their faces and start asking them questions," writes reporter Judith Mernit, a 2018 Impact Fund recipient.

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