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2017 California Fellows

Matthew Bajko, Bay Area Reporter:  An exploration of the possible ramifications of the state’s request to residents to provide details about their gender identities when signing up for state programs

Harvey Barkin, FilAm Star: An examination of how the ACA benefitted Filipino American children in the Bay Area and what the likely changes may mean for their continuing care

Antonia Cereijido, Latino USA: An hour-long radio documentary on the struggle to bring safe drinking water to a mobile home park in the Eastern Coachella Valley, where high levels of arsenic have been found in the well water

Sandra Cervantes, Univision, Sacramento:  Two stories on the likely impact of the dismantling of healthcare reform on Latinos and an investigative piece about possible health hazards for installers of artificial turf

Kelly Davis, Voice of San Diego: An investigation of how well San Diego’s “housing first” program has worked

Merdies Hayes, Our Weekly, Los Angeles: An exploration of how the likely dismantling of Obamacare will affect Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital’s care of residents of Watts

Suzanne Hurt, Press-Enterprise, Riverside: The challenges that the public employees who survived the San Bernardino terrorist attack face getting needed care

Kerry Klein, Valley Public Radio, Fresno: The effects on health of the doctor shortage in the San Joaquin Valley and promising solutions

Mackenzie Mays, Fresno Bee and Vida en al Valle: The ramifications of a controversy over sex ed in Fresno and two adjoining counties

Jeff Mitchell, The Salinas Californian and El Sol: How low wages to farmworkers in the Salinas Valley contribute to poor nutrition, health problems and lack of social mobility

Padma Nagappan, The Cancer Newsletter and New America Media: The multiple barriers that prevent immigrants from getting cancer screening, care and access to trials

Marissa Ortega-WelchKALW, Oakland: The health impacts of crude oil extraction, transportion and refining oil

Molly Peterson, High Country News, KCRW: The health effects of climate change-related urban heat in the LA area

Harold Pierce, Bakersfield Californian: A hidden epidemic in Kern County: toxic stress

Jeremy Raff, The Atlantic.com: A video documentary on the concerns in the disabled community about proposed cuts to Medicaid

Denisse Salazar, Orange County Register and Excelsior:  A three-part series on the direct and indirect effects of gang violence on children

Liliana Sunn, KFPK, Los Angeles: A three-part series on how Obamacare has benefitted Latinos in Los Angeles and the possible impacts of likely changes

Monica Velez, Merced Sun-Star: An examination of the systemic barriers that prevent Medi-Cal clients in Merced County from getting timely care

Nick Welsh, Santa Barbara Independent: Three stories on community clinics, recuperative care for the homeless and the shortage of psychiatric beds in Santa Barbara County

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