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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.

Rural communities nationwide are often hit hardest by food insecurity, meaning the people who live there don't have enough access to healthy, affordable food. Kentucky, according to recently released national data, is no exception.
Terry Ramon, right, talks with a young homeless woman in Indio.
Among the questions we sought to answer: How can people help those who are homeless in the Coachella Valley? How is money being spent on homeless services in the Coachella Valley? Why did Roy’s Desert Resource Center close in Palm Springs?
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:
The detection of elevated lead levels at Target Masters West prompted Santa Clara County to temporarily close.
An investigation revealed that lead from the gun range contaminated the inside of the gymnastics center. The county health department closed the youth facility Friday until further notice. And the process of figuring out if vulnerable children have been poisoned from lead exposure is underway.
Tears flow as Adria Trader talks about how she lost her kids to the child welfare system.
Do Indiana parents now really mistreat their kids more than their counterparts just about everywhere else? Many experts say no.
Kateri Whiteside embraces her daughter Nai'Yana Henderson at their apartment in Des Moines, Washington.
Kateri Whiteside looked at the pictures of her six kids on the wall: boys and girls, from toddlers to adults. She hasn't seen some of them for years.
Lori Proland speaks Friday at the Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect at Indiana University Northwest.
What if the United States treated child abuse and neglect as if they were deadly diseases?
The White River Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Batesville is shown in this file photo.
The White River Regional Juvenile Detention Center will stop incarcerating kids by this summer.
Students listen to a lecture in March at Sarah Scott Middle School in Terre Haute. The city is the county seat of Vigo County.
Vigo County had the highest rate of child neglect investigations in the state in 2017 — 238 for every 1,000 kids, a Times analysis of child welfare data found.
Bakersfield police officers scour a motel room where they found a small amount of methamphetamine on a dresser.
Despite the chokehold heroin and pain pills have had on public health for years, Bakersfield cops are dealing with far more than opioids.

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