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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.

This scatter plot graphs the student poverty rates and overweight/obesity rates for thousands of California schools.
A Sun-Star analysis of obesity and demographic data from thousands of schools in the state show that low income and Latino students are at a substantially increased risk of developing obesity.
Pedestrians walk beneath M Street on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
Because childhood obesity is a condition depending on many factors, some are taking simplified but powerful approaches to the problem.
A student eats an orange during lunch at Don Stowell Elementary School in Merced, Calif., on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
Chocolate milk and fruit juice accounts for about half of sugar consumed by district students, according to a Sun-Star analysis of breakfast and lunch nutritional data.
Tell us: How are you affected by Napa County's housing crisis?
When people talk about our county, they often talk about vineyards, fine dining and upscale hotels. But that's not the reality for many of us who call the Napa Valley home.
Aneesah poses for a portrait at the college she is attending in California. (Kevin German/Luceo for USN&WR)
This story was produced as part of a larger project led by Deidre McPhillips, a participant in the USC Center for Health Journalism's 2018 Data Fellowship. Other stories in this series include:
In this file photo Circuit Judge Joyce Warren speaks at the Pulaski County Cuvenile Court Thursday, November 17, 2016.
Support for Curcio’s reporting on this project also came from the Fund for Journalism on Child Well-Being, a program of the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism at the University of Southern California. Other stories in this series include:
Volunteers set up a Fresh Stop Market in the Parkland neighborhood.
A bag of local organic produce — from fresh corn to tomatoes to broccoli to snap peas — would typically cost more than $30 to buy at any store or farmers markets. But for workers at two Louisville companies, the same bag will cost just $5 this summer.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson is shown in this file photo.
Support for Curcio’s reporting on this project also came from the Fund for Journalism on Child Well-Being, a program of the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism at the University of Southern California. Other stories in this series include:
Support for Curcio’s reporting on this project also came from the Fund for Journalism on Child Well-Being, a program of the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism at the University of Southern California. Other stories in this series include:

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Got a great idea for a reporting project on the health of underserved communities in California or on the performance of the state's health and social safety nets?  We're offering reporting grants of $2,000 to $10,000, plus six months of mentoring, to up to eight individual journalists, newsrooms or cross-newsroom collaboratives.  Deadline to apply:  September 20.

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