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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.

Gerald Iron Shield, center, and relatives participating in a Standing Rock community grieving gathering (Stephanie Woodard)

In some Native American communities in South Dakota, youngsters kill themselves at a rate at least triple the United States average.

Members of recovery programs, graduates and supporters listen as Patty Katz discusses her battle during an event celebrating recovery in Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Ore. Alton Strupp/the Courier-Journal

Research from across the nation shows that treating drug addiction reduces crime and medical expenses while boosting employment, meaning every dollar spent on treatment actually saves an average of $7.

Federal health reform will leave out California's two million undocumented immigrants, a dilemma for multi-status families like Norma Navarro's. Her 7-year-old son Angel is a citizen, but her 10-year-old daughter Aneth is not, meaning they'll have significantly different health care experiences. Photo by Brian Myers, Media Arts Center San Diego

It's difficult for Norma Navarro to explain to her children why they get different treatment -- one was born in the U.S. and the other is undocumented. With implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the gap between their treatment may continue to grow.

A scene off of Bells Lane, in Rubbertown. Erica Peterson / WFPL

Nearly eight years after Louisville, Kentucky's revolutionary program to reduce toxins in the air was officially implemented, resident Trish Lee still feels the pollution in her own backyard.

Lines for Life volunteer Lee Dakota helps substance abuse callers in Oregon by offering them options. Alton Strupp/the Courier-Journal

This organization receives more than 40,000 calls a year to its crisis lines, which guide addicts through those dark moments by connecting them with the treatment they need.

The name of Mike Donta's son, Michael Delmis Donta, is engraved on one of the bricks at the children's memorial.

Michael Donta, 24, tried to seek help for his prescription drug addiction but was never successful and he eventually took his own life in 2010.

Jhana Senxian, left, founder of the Coleman Street Neighbors Association, served food in the community garden during a block party in September. ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

There were 19 shootings in Bowdoin-Geneva this year, but no one was killed. Here, that seems a step ahead. But progress, if real, feels like a fragile reed in a garden furrowed deep with promise and pain.

Theresa Johnson talked on the phone while her daughter, Ceecee, fixed the hair of her granddaughter Trinity. YOON S. BYUN/GLOBE STAFF

Mayhem has a kind of momentum; it can be exhausting to resist. In Bowdoin-Geneva, an anticrime effort flops. And Big Nate explodes. But the peace festival rocks, and a son in jail has started to pray.

Anette Haynes gave Conway a kiss on Richfield Street while he walked the neighborhood on a Friday night in August.

In the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood of Boston, violence seems to rise with the heat, but so do a mother’s hopes for her children, and a priest’s quest to connect. Meanwhile, from the weeds, an unlikely garden grows.

Frank LaMere, director of the Four Directions Community Center. / PHOTO: STEPHANIE WOODARD

Native children make up about 13 percent of South Dakota’s child population, but typically represent about 50 percent of those in foster care. The story examines the state's response to claims of child sex abuse in foster care and by adoptive parents.

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