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Patients awaiting their doctors appointments in the waiting room of a Livingston Community Health clinic in Livingston on Aug. 3

Merced’s doctor shortage is getting worse. But it’s not a new problem.

For years Merced County has struggled to convince doctors to come live and work in the rural, impoverished Central Valley community, resulting in a ratio of about 45 doctors for every 100,000 residents.
Brian Komoto, pharmacist and CEO of Komoto Healthcare, runs Komoto Pharmacy in downtown Delano.

Pharmacists are now poised to ease physician shortage—if only they could get paid for it

A new California law has allowed pharmacists to play a more integral role in managing patients alongside other providers — which could be good news for patients struggling to access doctors. But one major obstacle still stands in the way.
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Health Media Jobs & Opportunities: Openings available coast to coast and remote

The Chronicle of Social Change has an opening for a full-time general assignment reporter to cover juvenile justice, child welfare and children’s mental health.
Photo Credit: Casey Christie / The Californian

Weakened valley fever bill heads to governor's desk

The California legislature approved a bill Wednesday that would require the state public health department to develop public outreach programs for valley fever, an insidious respiratory disease endemic to Kern County. It next heads to the governor.
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A Radical proposal: should health journalists leave the sidelines?

From my vantage point as a former journalist who much admires what reporters can contribute, journalists can play a more activist role and in so doing help improve the health of the communities in which they live and work.
Assemblyman Rudy Salas. Photo credit: Casey Christie / The Californian

State senators vote this week on valley fever bill

State senators will vote this week on a bill that would enhance valley fever reporting guidelines and mandate public outreach. The aim: to raise public awareness of valley fever, an insidious respiratory disease endemic to the southwestern United States.
Produced by David Eisenman and Holly Wilhalme with the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters.

Being outside can be dangerous, especially at school

Some Southern California students spend their days in air conditioning, but others are not so lucky even as temperatures reach over 100 degrees. And those hot classrooms can impact kids' ability to learn.
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As CHIP funding deadline looms, here’s what reporters should know

September 30 is the deadline for renewing coverage for about 9 million children nationwide, and there's been a flurry of media pieces pointing to this month's expiration date. But, is this federally-funded program really in jeopardy?


This webinar will help reporters understand what’s behind the disturbingly high U.S. maternal mortality rates and look to California, which has become a leader in finding ways to lower the death rate, making better use of data and improving outcomes. Sign up here!


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