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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. 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 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 800 journalists since 2005. Click here to read the hundreds of stories that our Fellows have produced, changing policy and winning journalism awards. Click here for specifics on all our Fellowships. For questions about upcoming programs, contact us at cahealth@usc.edu

Media Grant-Making

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

Our new Impact Funds support reporting on critical issues that deserve critical and close journalistic attention. Topics of 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 California 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 online community for people across a wide range of disciplines who are passionate about fostering great health and medical coverage of our communities. Center for Health Journalism Digital stimulates conversations about health journalism, health communication, blogging, and storytelling. It provides its members with a place to swap ideas, to showcase their work and to benefit from our reporting insights, webinars and tip-filled blogs. 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.

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. The first Collaborative project, which continues today, involves 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 CenterforHealthJournalism.org). 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 reportingfor 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. 

We will launch a new Center for Health Journalism Collaborative project in January 2019. 

Boyle Heights Beat/El Pulso de Boyle Heights

In partnership with Hoy (Los Angeles Times Media Group), we publish a quarterly bilingual print newspaper written by youth, as well as an online news site, BoyleHeightsBeat.com, written by youth as well as adult contributors from a Latino immigrant neighborhood of Los Angeles. The paper is distributed to 28,000 households, whose members often feel disconnected from or unfairly depicted by mainstream news coverage. It is reported "by and for the community." Boyle Heights Beat captures life as its residents experience it, giving voice to a marginalized community and building trust and connectedness.

Announcements

Got a great idea for an ambitious reporting project on a California health issue?  Let us fund it.  Apply now for the 2019 California Fellowship, which provides $1,000 reporting grants and six months of expert mentoring to 20 journalists, plus community engagement grants of up to $2,000, plus specialized mentoring, to five.

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