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The Health Divide

The Health Divide blog explores the ways in which health is shaped by factors outside of the doctor’s office. We’ll look at the conditions where people live and work, and the influence of race, class and immigration status. Such factors can have an outsize role in determining individual and community well-being, influencing how long we live and the quality of our lives. We’ll highlight and hope to spur great journalism around these themes — and hope to hear of work in the journalism and policy sphere that our readers admire. We’ll also look at the health care policy landscape and efforts to close the gap between the haves and have nots when it comes to health.

 

 

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Is California merely robbing Peter to pay Paul with its voter-approved bond measure to house mentally ill homeless people? Places such as Tulare County could end up losing badly needed mental health funding.
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Recent research suggests gardens and green spaces have a positive effect on nearby residents' mental health. L.A. County is embracing the strategy in Watts.
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The bond money for Proposition 2 will be financed by funds from the Mental Health Services Act, which has been mired in controversy and ineffectiveness since its passage in 2004.
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The Central Valley's Kern County reported a 30 percent rise in overdose deaths from 2016 to 2017, bucking the statewide decline in fatal overdoses.
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"I am often asked why public health should care about the role of the court and who sits on it. The answer is simple: Court rulings can support or overturn policies that dramatically affect the public’s health."
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“We need to think of race as a proxy for racism, rather than race as a proxy for biology," says Drexel University's Michael Yudell.
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Maps can spotlight striking geographical patterns in health and pinpoint the questions your reporting needs to answer.
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Across the country, politicians, reform advocates and the bail industry are waiting to see what happens next.
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“The best policy we can pursue is try to reduce access to firearms among people who are suicidal," one researcher says.
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Community outreach has been particularly powerful in curbing dramatic disparities in organ donation between white and black Americans.

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