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For Low-Income Children, Access to Mental Health Care Varies Sharply by County

“Access varies quite dramatically depending on where you are,” said Kim Lewis of the National Health Law Program. “There isn’t a lot being done to ensure accountability in each county.”
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When the data isn’t there for the story you’re trying to tell

A data journalism project turns into a lesson in how even data from authoritative sources can be misleading.
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Investigation finds LA Harbor-area smog challenges grow as new health threats emerge

The ports of LA and Long Beach together emit 100 tons of smog daily, according to air quality officials. Even more toxic chemicals are spewed by traffic, refineries and rail yards.
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We’ve all seen the stories of outrageous health care bills. What’s next?

Stories of absurd bills have been great for boosting awareness, but the next batch needs to take a harder look at the politics halting change, writes Trudy Lieberman.
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Health Media Jobs & Opportunities: Join a growing platform and community at Well + Good

Well + Good needs a Senior Health and Food Editor to help take Well+Good’s health and nutrition content to the next level.
New Orleans Councilmember-at-Large Jason Rogers Williams, shakes hand of A. L. Davis Park Panthers head coach Shawn Scott

New Orleans City Council calls for increase in trauma services for children

On the heels of the fellowship series "The Children of Central City," the New Orleans City Council recently approved a resolution calling for a citywide approach to childhood trauma.
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After murder, a family grapples with generations of trauma

What began as a murder of a black man in a Midwestern town in 1959 spiraled into a pattern of racial violence and trauma visited on one family over successive generations.
Lemonade Locks wig boutique owner Kelly Giblin fits a hairpiece onto retired Kern County Deputy Sheriff Brenda Blanton, who suff

For valley fever survivors, a growing need: wigs

The antifungal drugs used to treat valley fever can cause hair loss. With the number of valley fever cases on the rise, a wig shop in Bakersfield, Calif., is helping women feel better about themselves.

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