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2018 Data Fellows

2018 California Data Fellows

Francie Diephealth reporter for the Pacific Standard, will investigate the availability of medically assisted treatment at publicly funded opioid addiction treatment centers in California.

Paloma Esquivel, Inland Empire reporter for the Los Angeles Times, will investigate problems in the delivery of health care and mental health care to undocumented immigrants who are detainees at a privately run detention facility. Her project will be co-published in the Times’ Spanish-language newspaper, Hoy.  

Joe Goldeen, reporter for The Record in Stockton, will investigate barriers to health care for the uninsured and underinsured, principally undocumented Latinos, in San Joaquin County.

Nicole Hayden, an investigative reporter for the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, will look into how the regular destruction of homeless encampments by a local agency affects with the delivery of health services to homeless individuals by mobile health care providers.

Nikie Johnson, a data journalist for the Southern California Newspaper Group, will investigate problems in the provision of health care and mental care to inmates at four county jails. Her project will be co-published in SCNG’s Spanish-language newspapers, La Prensa and Excélsior,

Kerry Klein, a reporter for Valley Public Radio, will investigate trends in opioid use, misuse and treatment in Kern County, which has experienced a notable increase in opioid overdoses in recent years.

Michelle Faust Raghavenhealth reporter for Southern California Public Radio, will investigate trends in elder abuse in the Los Angeles area.

Vikaas Shanker, a reporter for the Merced Sun-Star, will look into obesity among children and youth in the Merced area and the role of school food.

David Washburn, a reporter for EdSource, will investigate the reasons behind high rates of chronic absenteeism in many of California's rural communities.  

Jared Whitlock, health reporter for the San Diego Business Journal, will look into how a surge of Medi-Cal patients is affecting hospitals' bottom lines in San Diego, as well as how a shortage of psychiatric beds affects patient care

2018 National Data Fellows

Giles Brucea health reporter for the Times of Northwest Indiana, will investigate why Indiana has a disproportionately high number of children both reported for child abuse or neglect and placed into foster care.  

Lisa Gartner, an investigative reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, will investigate maltreatment at the privately owned and operated facilities to which Pennsylvania sends most of its juvenile offenders.

Richard Lordinvestigative reporter and editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, will look at the causes and effects of concentrated child poverty in parts of southwestern Pennsylvania and explore potential solutions.

Deidre McPhillipsdata editor for U.S. News and World Report, will look into the relationship between childhood health disparities and segregation in the communities in which they live.  

Cassandra Jaramillo, a features reporter for the Dallas Morning News will look at teen suicide in Texas in the context of gender, racial and ethnic disparities.

Anna Claire Vollers, an investigative reporter for Alabama Media Group, will investigate child abuse deaths in Alabama for insights into how poverty contributes to child maltreatment as well as promising prevention strategies.


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