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Heavy marketing of breast cancer awareness, Calif. doctor lobby approves legalizing pot, the death of CLASS and more from our Daily Briefing. 

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Journalist Paul Kleyman, who has covered aging issues for more than 20 years, offers tips for covering aging as health reform gets underway.

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Who's interested in opening a new community health clinic in your area? An obscure list of new health reform grants to more than 100 nonprofits around the nation offers some clues. This is a great way to report on health reform's rollout locally.

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Under health reform, states can apply for grants from a new $15 billion fund for prevention and public health. Is your state or community getting its fair share — and how well is it using the money? Here are five tips for tracking this important community health topic.

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37 years ago, at the very tail of the civil rights movement, my community health center (CHC) was established in Oakland to fill an unmet and urgent need. A growing population of immigrants were settling in downtown Oakland and had few choices for health care. Community surveys conducted by local leaders confirmed that residents received significantly less health care than the rest of the population largely due to a shortage of providers and limited English proficiency. And so a group of volunteers and students opened a make shift clinic with a volunteer doctor and an optometrist available for two days a week. As demand grew this little clinic expanded hours and added staff one at a time. Almost four decades later, the clinic has grown to 40+ doctors seeing 20,000 patients who speak any of 10 different languages.

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Health care reform law will increase demand, but low salaries are discouraging young doctors from entering primary care.

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