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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.

As the area's health provider for the poor and uninsured, Grady Hospital gets most of its funds from federal, state and local governments. But that's not enough to cover costs.

Grady Hospital: Is it meeting its mission?

For more than 100 years, Atlanta's Grady Hospital has been the health care provider for the region's poor and uninsured, but in 2007, it faced a crisis. Philip Graitcer investigates.

Inside a crumbling trailer in Northfield, Samantha Castro Flores shows off a closet bursting with clothes. Sometimes she can't find a size of pants that fits.

Standing Still's Not a Choice

Everyone's on a mission to annihilate "food deserts," those low-income areas lacking in grocery stores and littered with greasy carry-outs. But what people eat is only part of the reason that obesity is consuming this country — and Washington, D.C.

Millions of people around the country face obstacles to finding fresh food. What they eat instead often lead to obesity, diet-related illnesses and premature death. 

Patricia Green went to prison in 2009, which she says saved her life from her drug addiction. Now she is helping younger girls who, like her, need the support of others to move forward with their lives.

Parkinson's Alley

Recent studies have found statistical links between pesticide use and an outbreak of Parkinson's disease in California farm towns. Researchers even know which chemicals are the likely culprits. What's the government doing about it? Not much.

A year ago, knowing her family history of diabetes, a retired teacher got a blood test at a health fair. Nine months later, thanks to a new exercise regimen, she's off most of her blood pressure medication.

Students at Sycamore Valley have a lot to be happy about when it comes to their physical fitness. Fifth graders there got the best scores among all of their Bay Area peers on the 2011 statewide Physical Fitness Test.

Could socioeconomic factors explain why some kids are more physically fit -- and therefore healthier -- than others? Katharine Mieszkowski examines kids' physical fitness and health in one California community.



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