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Homelessness has long been a serious problem in Anchorage, Alaska. The challenge for two reporters at Alaska Dispatch News was to find new ways to cut through old perceptions and debates to tell stories that showed their subjects’ enduring humanity. Here's how they did it.

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As California's statewide figures drop, Del Norte County has seen its domestic violence rate skyrocket. That raises a question: How are domestic violence survivors in this rural community on the Northern California coast faring after reporting abuse?

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Matt, 14, Terrick, 12, and Joseph, 11 pretended to go to church that day in 2006, but in secret they had planned to run away and never come back. No more living with an angry grandmother who drank. No more beatings with the belt.

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How many mental health patients receive the care that they need? Not enough, say Tulare County health officials.

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The Affordable Care Act requires health plans to provide mental health services. That means the newly insured will have the option to seek care anywhere they want. This has thrust publicly run mental health clinics into a new landscape of competition.

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Hospitals around the country have been increasingly using homeless navigators to help place indigent men and women into treatments centers or housing after discharge, including this first-of-its-kind, two-year-old pilot program from Kaiser Permanente.

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I adore a good love story, so it's no surprise I enjoyed listening to Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez talk about the genesis of his friendship with a homeless musician. The biggest thing I learned, though, is how fragile we all are as humans.

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An estimated 60 percent of Skid Row residents have mental health disorders, and another 60 percent are addicted or have a history of addiction. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are the most common mental health problems. Can finding them stable housing be a solution to their health woes?

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Known as Housing for Health program, it is part of the LA County Department of Health Services that collaborates with nonprofit developers, community-based organizations and other government agencies to provide housing opportunities for homeless or nearly homeless population.

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Perhaps every journalist dreams of writing a story that changes the world. Fewer dream of writing the story that changes themselves. But it’s that latter story that found Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, who shared his experience with the 2013 National Health Journalism Fellows.

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