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What if the United States treated child abuse and neglect as if they were deadly diseases?
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This story was produced as part of a larger project led by April Xu, a participant in the USC Center for Health Journalism's 2018 Data Fellowship.   Other stories in this series include:   
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A new project from The Plain Dealer will listen to the voices of Cleveland children sharing what it's like to grow up, play, go to school and live in this city — and what needs to change. But some early reader responses have been troubling.
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The largest child welfare system in the nation has undergone major reforms in recent years. But some of these changes have come at the expense of crucial attachments that link children to caring adults.
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“The word we use for mental illness in Vietnamese is ‘crazy,’” Lanie Tran said. “If you’re a Buddhist, you believe you or your family members did something wrong in a previous birth. If you’re Catholic, you believe God is punishing you for something you did that was mean or wrong.”
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“An important idea is getting its test run in America: the creation of intensive outpatient care to target hot spots and thereby reduce over-all health care costs.”

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