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As revenue declines from one 'sin tax,' California considers tapping another for children's programs
Taxes on recreational marijuana "won't be a panacea," one First 5 official said, but advocates still hope they'll be directed toward early intervention and education.
John O'Dowd, left, and Catriona Milosevic, of the UK's National Health Service, meet grocer Carl Lewis.

A serendipitous visit from a Scottish delegation fuels a deep dive into the health effects of child poverty at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Colleen Loughman with one of her two cats, when she was a student in the 1950s at Holy Names University in Oakland. Loughman die
Molly is one of the recipients of the 2018 Impact Fund, a program of USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism.
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How many deaths and needless suffering could be prevented if county jails had better health care systems?
Bharat Dungrani, an environmental health specialist for the L.A. County Health Dept, removes moisture from soil samples collecte
Joe Rubin is a Sacramento-based investigative reporter and a fellow with USC Annenberg’s Center for Health Journalism. His reporting on workplace exposures to lead in California has appeared in Capital & Main.
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Reporter Vicki Gonzalez spent the past year on this series as a recipient of the 2018 California Fellowship with USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism.  
The Swearing-in Ceremony of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh
"I am often asked why public health should care about the role of the court and who sits on it. The answer is simple: Court rulings can support or overturn policies that dramatically affect the public’s health."
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This edition of Health Media Jobs and Opportunities features opportunities for health writers at universities, online and news organizations.
Dr. Carolee Tran went from being a little girl escaping the fall of Saigon to a psychologist and trauma researcher in Sacramento
Scott Thomas Anderson wrote this story while participating in the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism 2018 California Fellowship.
What did California's novel approach to funding early-childhood programs achieve?
The impact of the First 5 initiative, spearheaded by actor-director Rob Reiner, is complicated to measure because of the lack of longitudinal data.
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While the Associated Press started advising reporters to avoid the word “commit” when covering suicide several years ago, many journalists and the public have yet to embrace the shift in language.

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