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As part of the Center for Health Journalism Fellowship, journalists work with a senior fellow to develop a special project. Recent projects have examined health disparities by ZIP code in the San Francisco Bay Area, anxiety disorders and depression in the Hispanic immigrant community in Washington state, and the importance of foreign-born doctors to health care in rural communities.

Ricardo Hernandez with wife Alejandra Conde, their two sons Ricardo Jr. (center) and Sebastian and Ricardo's parents.
Across California, essential and service workers like Flores Contreras are being hit hardest by the coronavirus, and so are the people they live with.
Punjabi Truckers! Tell Us Your Health Concerns
This story was produced as a project for the 2020 California Fellowship.
Cesar Noriega’s mother lives at Reo Vista Healthcare Center in San Diego.
COVID-19 testing varies widely across San Diego senior facilities. The state and county aim to induce widespread testing in senior homes, but advocates say these efforts are moving too slowly and lack teeth.
La Mesa Assisted Living Facility Has State’s Second-Highest Death Toll
One of the deadliest COVID-19 outbreaks in the state’s assisted-living industry has occurred at a La Mesa facility with a troubled regulatory past.
Ben Jones, foster care and adoptions supervisor with the Roanoke County Department of Social Services (seen in August 2019), say
The Virginia Department of Social Services has seen a 50% drop in calls to the child abuse and neglect hotline since mid-March, but social workers are concerned that an increase in domestic violence and child abuse may be going unreported.
Americans are reporting high levels of emotional distress from the coronavirus pandemic -- levels that some experts warn may lead to a national mental health crisis.
A fieldworker stops to record the caravan of cars during the Salinas Farmworker Appreciation Caravan on Saturday, April 25, 2020
Nearly 40% of Monterey County growers reported financial losses related to the coronavirus-prompted shutdown.
A person wearing a face mask walks by the mask distribution event on 312 E. Alisal St. on Friday, April 10, 2020.
The poorest, most congested ZIP code in Salinas are being hit the hardest by the coronavirus, according to data released Monday.
Thousands of local residents are out of work due to stay-at-home orders designed to curb the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus — and that means many tenants are likely short on rent money.
Dr. Temple Robinson, CEO of Bond Community Health Center, asks for those who made an appointment to come forward.
Lacking access to a primary doctor or not having a car has been has prevented many poor residents from getting tested so far. The result, local experts say, is cases flying under the radar.

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