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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.

Hartmann Road – an entry point into the Hidden Valley Lake gated community – intersects with a wide, sweeping curve of Highway 29. In appearance, it's an unremarkable stretch of roadway. But the statistics showed that something had to be done.

The safety of Lake County’s roadways is a matter of great concern not just for drivers but for officials and agencies across a broad spectrum – from health to planning, public works to law enforcement.

Fourth in a series looks at L.A.’s oldest and largest medical respite program

Curtis Jasper has come a long way since December, when he was living on the streets of Los Angeles, all but crippled by multiple ulcers on his legs. For eight years he tended his ulcers by himself on the streets, changing his dressings in bathrooms in public libraries and restaurants — any place he could find running water and soap.

Lake County's roads, combined with drivers under the influence, have led to an increasingly deadly situation on the county's roadways.

Sweeping vistas, clear blue skies, colorful countryside – all define the geography of California's Lake County's. For motorists, however, the roads are both beautiful and harrowing, with the number of vehicle crashes in recent years showing a marked increase.

 

Terri Tavita lets her 10-year-old son ride his bike 1 mile to and from school, but not without misgivings. Concerns about traffic safety top the list.

Homeless woman sent back to hospital after discharge to shelter

On a morning in late August, 57-year-old Mary Manning was resting on her sister Jackie's porch. Midway through a rugged course of chemotherapy for breast cancer. Manning looked at her younger sister and said, “I think this poison is killing me.”

Part two highlights a collaborative respite program in San Jose

Über prosperous Silicon Valley isn¹t a place one expects to find thousands of homeless people. But a 2006 count found over 7,600 men, women and children without a home in Santa Clara County.

Most other hospitals in N. Texas also lag on key measure, analysis shows

Parkland Memorial Hospita has for years been one of the state’s worst-performing hospitals on a broad federal measure of patient safety, a Dallas Morning News analysis shows. Hospital representatives accepted the accuracy of the calculations, but they questioned how well the data reflected actual performance and current hospital conditions. 

 
Staff talks trends, education, prevention, attitude, overprescribing and oversight — or lack thereof

It all started with toxicology reports from the Santa Barbara County Coroner's Office.

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