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Investigating Health

This column offers thoughtful commentary on untold and overlooked issues that are ripe for journalism and policy exploration and investigation. We highlight great investigative journalism coverage, talk to leading reporters and thinkers, share resources and datasets rich with untold stories, and discuss how to navigate the roadblocks confronted in hard-hitting investigations.

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If you’re like me, you are alarmed by the rates of complications and deaths from sepsis worldwide. As a reporter, where do you start? Hospital Compare is a good place to begin.
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Why is sepsis such a maddening challenge, and why should reporters care?
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Investigative reporters Daniel Gilbert of The Seattle Times and Neil Bedi of the Tampa Bay Times both took deep dives into psychiatric hospitals over the past year.
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An easily searchable database allows you to see quick visualizations of your hospital system’s most recent financial trends.
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“The reality is that, if we’ve hit the standards, we’ve just begun to consider access and inclusion for disabled people in space,” one accessiblity advocate told me.
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Nearly a year ago, I approached the top editor of Politico Pro with a simple question: Have we ever thought about covering cannabis? After all, the topic is a policy reporter's dream.
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Ready for a fresh project to kick off the new year? Take a page from a recent investigation by the Las Vegas Review-Journal and start looking into who regulates dentists in your state.
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We are firmly in the season of overeating. That means there is no time like the present to talk about one of the big contributors to our dietary dilemma.
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We had some wallpaper drama at our house recently. It got me thinking about the value of building a specialized skill set as a health journalist.
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Unlicensed sober homes pop up all of the time, they aren't tracked by the state of California, and they are not held accountable by any government system.

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