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2018 California Fellowship

Program Description: 

Taught by prize-winning journalists, community health leaders, policy analysts and healthcare experts, the 2018 California Fellowship focused on two broad themes:

  • How neighborhood life, social inequities, race, education and the environment influence health, and
  • Changes in the healthcare landscape. We will focus attention on the enormous implications for California of the effort by President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

The Fellowship included a $1,000 reporting stipend to participating journalists to defray costs associated with ambitious reporting projects that focus on health disparities, the social determinants of health, barriers to healthcare access for the safety net population, domestic and/or community violence as public health problems, community conditions (e.g. environmental toxins or slum housing) that contribute to health problems and the promise of healthcare innovation. One California Fellow received a larger grants for reporting a Fellowship project that focuses on the health, wellbeing of children in Los Angeles County through age 5. 

In addition, several California Fellows were chosen to receive an additional grant of $1,000 to $2,000 for community engagement, plus specialized mentoring. [Click here to learn more about our community engagement initiative, and click here for a FAQ on the engagement grants.]

During five days of field trips, workshops and seminars, Fellows learned about new data sources, hear about effective community engagement strategies and gain new perspectives on pressing health issues. During the Fellowship week, Fellows also got plenty of time to discuss with experts, and with each other, strategies for covering health news with authority and sophistication. We also brought in editors, at our expense, for an in-depth project conference. Fellows returned home with great sources and new ideas for how to tell complex health stories. Fellows are receiving six months of one-on-one mentoring from veteran journalists who guide them through work on major Fellowship projects.

Click here for a list of the 2018 California Fellows and links to their profiles and blog posts about their reporting projects.

Announcements

Join us on March 22 for a daylong briefing on the U.S. Census. Participants will learn about the challenges facing counters, efforts to delegitimize the U.S. Census, how the climate of fear in immigrant communities might impede a good count, and discuss reporting and census data analysis strategies.  

What’s the difference between Medicare-for-all and Medicare-for-some? Are these realistic policy proposals, or political blips on the screen? Sign up here for our next Health Matters webinar!

If you're a journalist with big ideas who wants your work to matter, the Center for Health Journalism invites you to apply for the all-expenses-paid National Fellowship -- five days of stimulating discussions in Los Angeles about social and health safety net issues, plus reporting and engagement grants of $2,000-$12,000 and six months of expert mentoring.

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