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The Watts Healthy Farmers Market is challenged by more than just poverty. Safety and changing demographics make it difficult to reach large pockets of the community, say organizers.

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Los Angeles County awarded five grants to Southern California cities in 2008 to encourage more effective transportation planning and healthier living.

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In Los Angeles, five communities were awarded money to encourage healthier lifestyles that include bicycling and walking. Have these grants improved public health? Damien Newton will investigate.

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It takes a certain kind of stubbornness and stick-to-it-ness to develop a successful online news site or a popular blog, especially if you are writing about the civic life of your community — not fashion tidbits or celebrity gossip. We are working with these news innovators to expand their health reporting.

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During my reporting on organ donation for my fellowship project, one source’s quote stood out. “I’m a living example that organ donation works,” Vicky Mai Nguyen told me. She’s a 26-year-old woman who’s in good health and thriving. Had it not been for a liver transplant, she likely would never have made it to 2.

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Elizabeth A. Bancroft, M.D., S.M., has been a medical epidemiologist in the Acute Communicable Disease Control Program of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health since August 2001. Since 2003, she has gained national media attention because of her work on communityassociated MRSA. This attention was magnified in fall 2007 with her editorial on MRSA in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Bancroft is chief of the county department's invasive bacterialdisease, hepatitis, and antimicrobial resistance unit.

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Maxine Liggins is an Area Medical Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The Service Planning Areas in which she works include the wealthiest and the poorest residents of Los Angeles County. Public Health’s mission of “improving the quality of life for the residents of Los Angeles County” serves as a yardstick to measure the quality of health services provided in the Los Angeles County. Dr.

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National Health Journalism Fellows today toured Watts and came away with a more nuanced understanding of the health and socioeconomic issues facing this economically stressed but still hopeful Los Angeles community. At the Watts Labor Community Action Committee Center in the heart of Watts, Fellows learned about health disparities and HIV/AIDS among blacks from public health officials, policy experts, community leaders and journalists.

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Kelley Weiss, a health care reporter at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, is one of this year's California Broadcast fellows. For her report, L.A. Takes On Prescription Drug Swaps, she reported on a thriving black market for prescription drugs from abroad and accompanied a team from the multi-department Health Authority Law Enforcement (HALT) Task Force to collect illegal pharmaceuticals.

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