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Two years ago, poor medical care in state prisons accounted for about one inmate death each week. A federal judge took over and the state terminated about 60 substandard physicians. That's left many prisons without enough doctors, but not the Calipatria prison about 100 miles east of San Diego. KPCC's Julie Small reports on one doctor who's quickly building the staff.

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To the Hmong, illness is often a sign that a spirit has been wronged, is seeking revenge or wants to settle a favor bestowed in the past. Laurie Udesky explores how teaching Hmong shamans more about Western medicine can help save lives.

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Anne Geggis addresses local community efforts to cut infant death rates in her fellowship project.

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My four-part series, a project of the 2008 National Health Journalism Fellowship, won first place for minority issue reporting in the state's Society of Professional Journalists contest. It examined the cultural factors which prevent Navajos from receiving cancer treatment through western medicine and the "patient navigators" who are trying to bridge the divide.

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When Esther Gress walks down the aisles at the grocery or drug store, she surveys the wall of cleaning products critically: disinfectant sprays, bottles of bleach, the all-purpose stuff. The 34-year-old, who has cleaned homes for a living for the past five years, used to use toxic chemicals on the job. Now, she bypasses these products for cleaners she mixes up herself.

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