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About the Center

Our Mission

Helping journalists investigate health challenges and solutions in their communities and serving as a catalyst for change. 

Our Initiatives

Professional Health Journalism Training & News Partnerships

We partner with reporters and their newsrooms to nurture ambitious journalism that impacts policy and spurs new community discussions. Our all-expenses-paid fellowships offer journalists a chance to step away from their newsrooms to hone health reporting skills and to dive deep into storytelling on health disparities and vulnerable children, youth and families. In intimate workshops, field trips and seminars at our home base in Los Angeles, Fellows learn from the country's most respected health and medical experts, from top journalists in the field and from each other. We delve into current debates and dilemmas in social welfare, public health and health care; offer tips and mentoring opportunities to extend the reach and impact of projects, and emphasize data skills that help reporters tell incisive and new stories. Throughout, we explore journalism on community health –how circumstances outside the doctor’s office such as violence, access to healthy food, poverty and pollution – contribute to well being.

For six months after our in-person training, senior journalists guide Fellows as they complete ambitious explanatory or investigative Fellowship projects. We have trained more than 900 journalists since 2005. Click here to read the hundreds of stories that our Fellows have produced, changing policy and winning journalism awards. For questions about upcoming programs, contact us at cahealth@usc.edusign up for our newsletter or consider joining our online community

Media Grant-Making

We award tens of thousands in grants annually to underwrite substantive explanatory and investigative journalism and community engagement by newsrooms.

Our Impact Funds support reporting on critical issues that deserve critical and close journalistic attention. Topics of current interest include underserved communities, health disparities, community wellbeing, immigrant community health, new delivery models and access to healthcare. Through investing in an Impact Fund, grant makers can contribute critical financial support at a pivotal moment. By partnering with the Center, funders invest in a proven partner with an exemplary track record. Grants can go to newsroom-wide projects, individual journalists, or news collaborations, with preference given to mainstream-ethnic media collaborations.  

Our Center for Health Journalism Fellows receive reporting grants through out National, California or Data Fellowships or one of our their related reporting funds. Each year, five to seven of our National Fellows receive grants from the The Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism, which honors the legacy of the late Dennis A. Hunt, a visionary leader at The California Endowment who co-founded our program. Another five to seven National Fellows receive grants from our Fund for Journalism on Child Well-Being, which supports journalism on child health, welfare or well-being. All our California and National Fellows also receive reporting grants. Five National Fellows and Five California Fellows receive grants from our Community Engagement Fund

Our reporting and engagement grants, all competitively awarded, provide critical support and resources at a time of industry upheaval, enabling the reporting of stories that might otherwise have gone untold and providing funds for engagement with communities to further the impact of the work and highlight community voices. 

Center for Health Journalism Digital

Center for Health Journalism Digital ( is an independent online news and commentary site and community with contributions from people across a wide range of disciplines who are passionate about fostering great health and medical coverage. Center for Health Journalism Digital offers readers original and objective explanatory and investigative news and commentary by experts and its community members. It focuses on health and medical issues ranging from Beltway or state health policy to reporting on how environment, poverty and race contribute to good health or ill health, to best practices in health care delivery and medicine. Along the way, the site helps to inform and spark health policy conversations and great health journalism – all with the larger aim of better health outcomes for our nation’s communities. It also provides its members with a place to swap ideas, to showcase their work and to benefit from our reporting insights, webinars and tip-filled columns. Its content has been cited by the Washington Post, NPR, Forbes, Fox News, KQED, the Los Angeles Times, hundreds of blogs and tens of thousands of entries on social media platforms.

To join the Center for Health Journalism Digital community, click here.

Weekly Newsletters

The Center publishes a weekly newsletter on Wednesdays that highlights our Fellows' work as well as new content on Center for Health Journalism Digital.  Beginning in April 2020, the Center also began publishing a weekly newsletter, The COVID-19 Files, every Monday that showcases important journalism around the country on the global pandemic, as well as useful resources for journalists covering it.

The Center for Health Journalism Collaborative

Health Journalism Fellows and their media outlets team with us to tackle ambitious investigative projects on a common theme for maximum impact -- coupled with creative engagement strategies.

In February 2019, we launched our bilingual "California Uncovered" collaborative project which brings together Spanish and English-language media in California to report on the state's uninsured and policy options to reduce their numbers. The project's goal: to animate a political debate in Sacramento with community stories that help all audiences understand challenges and opportunities. Outlets include newspapers from the McClatchy Corp., Gannett Co., Southern California News Group, and La Opinión, as well as broadcasters at Univision and Capital Public Radio. 

Our Collaborative work began in 2012 with our first Collaborative project, which involved media outlets in California and Arizona (the Bakersfield Californian, Radio Bilingüe in Fresno, Valley Public Radio in Fresno and Bakersfield, Vida en el Valle in Fresno, the Voice of OC in Santa Ana, Hanford Sentinel, the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, La Estrella de Tucsón and It examined the toll of valley fever, a devastating and overlooked disease plaguing California’s Central Valley. In January 2018, California legislators approved millions in funding to improve public health tracking of valley fever. Legislators credited our reporting for shaping their awareness of the issues. 

Another Collaborative project, Living in the Shadows, brought together six of our 2013 National Fellows to examine the nexus between immigration status and mental health. 


Our webinar series, Health Matters, offers about a dozen hour-long webinars each year to an audience of 300-500 health thinkers, journalists and clinicians. Each features one or two experts, along with a journalist, discussing such topics as proposed action on drug prices, the implications of legalizing cannabis, weaknesses in an employer-based health insurance system and the loss of hospitals in rural America. Beginning in March 2020, the Center also began offering a weekly webinar focused on the global pandemic, Covering Coronavirus.  



Cities across the country are rethinking how they police communities. In this webinar, we’ll explore proposals to reform, defund or abolish police departments, to help reporters better understand and evaluate such efforts near them. Sign-up here!


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