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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.

Cierra Shelton, 30, a mother of two from Merced insured on Medi-Cal with her 6-month-old son, Jackson Macy.
Horisons Unlimited Health Care filed for bankruptcy and closed all eight of its clinics, including five in Merced County. About 80 percent of Horisons patients were on Medi-Cal.
Patients awaiting their doctors appointments in the waiting room of a Livingston Community Health clinic in Livingston on Aug. 3
For years Merced County has struggled to convince doctors to come live and work in the rural, impoverished Central Valley community, resulting in a ratio of about 45 doctors for every 100,000 residents.
Brian Komoto, pharmacist and CEO of Komoto Healthcare, runs Komoto Pharmacy in downtown Delano.
A new California law has allowed pharmacists to play a more integral role in managing patients alongside other providers — which could be good news for patients struggling to access doctors. But one major obstacle still stands in the way.
Produced by David Eisenman and Holly Wilhalme with the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters.
Some Southern California students spend their days in air conditioning, but others are not so lucky even as temperatures reach over 100 degrees. And those hot classrooms can impact kids' ability to learn.
(Photo: Molly Peterson)
City heat is a growing public health threat. It kills 60 to 70 Angelenos every summer. Even though heat causes more deaths and medical problems than most other natural disasters, it’s rarely identified as the culprit.
Dr. Olga Meave sees a patient complaining of shoulder pain.
This reporting was undertaken as part of a project with the USC Center for Health Journalism’s California Fellowship. ...
Community Hospitals / UCSF Fresno
Knowing this one simple truth can help areas experiencing physician shortages: Where doctors grew up can predict where they practice, but where they are trained is one of the biggest drivers.
Featured Image: Antonia Cereijido/Latino USA
Differences between the two sides of Coachella Valley in California are stark, but one has a particularly harsh health impact: access to clean water. While westsiders have pools, golf courses and sprawling lawns, parts of the east have up to ten times the safe levels of arsenic in the water.
Barbara and Denny Bozman-Moss would like to see more treatment options for those with mental illness.
A common dilemma faced by law enforcement officials in Sonoma County California and across the nation: What do you do with someone whose mental health crisis does not yet present a major risk of injury or death?
Program assistant and a doula herself, Rod'Neyka Jones discusses mental health issues at a Birthing Beautiful Communities.
Birth attendants can positively affect outcomes for mothers and infants. But access to them is often out of reach for low-income and minority women, who have the highest rates of infant and maternal mortality.

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