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Mendocino County has some of the highest rates of suicide and drug-related deaths in the state of California. Will a recently approved tax to fund mental health care in the county effectively address the problem?
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There is nothing inherent about black skin that increases risks during pregnancy — except over-exposure to the real culprit, racism, which can harm a mother’s body in real, measurable ways.
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In Tulare County, RV-like mobile units are trying to fill the need among Hispanic farm laborers for mental health care. But so far, the need far outstrips the supply of care.
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The goal is to convince health care organizations, government agencies and community leaders to redirect health care dollars to create more affordable housing for Monterey County's vulnerable seniors.
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Despite a tragic series of well-publicized suicides among current and recently graduated high school students in Santa Clara County, youth mental health care services remain sparse in the region.
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Tremendous uncertainty exists over how a state-based single-payer system would work, but no matter how it's crafted, the costs would be steep.
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Most Americans nearing death don’t have access to palliative services and good end-of-life care. But for underserved populations of African-Americans, Latinos and Asians, the gap is even wider.
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This reporting is supported by the University of Southern California Center for Health Journalism National Fellowship. Other stories in the series include: Dear Cleveland: To learn, you first have to listen
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The Clean Air Act’s impact has been greatest on those who live next to industry and highways, where toxic emissions are highest. Such “fence-line communities” typically harbor poorer people and minorities.
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The critical importance of nutrition during the first 1,000 days of a child's life is now recognized in feeding guidelines around the world. Why hasn't the U.S. gotten the memo?

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