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Suzanne Bohan's blog posts

posted 07/13/2018
The Neighborhood Atlas gives journalists an intriguing new tool to visualize how social advantages vary across cities and regions.
posted 02/05/2018
In low-income neighborhoods beset by predatory lending and check-cashing hubs, options for building credit and savings are scarce. A credit union that opened last year seeks to change that.
posted 02/23/2010

Join Dr. Robert Smith with the American Cancer Society and Dr. Chris Flowers with UCSF to discuss the science behind the new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines. Log on at www.contracostatimes.com.

posted 12/18/2009

On Thursday, Bay Area News Group (Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, etc.) hosted a live online chat with Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General, and Rich Hamburg, deputy director of Trust for America's Health. Health reporter Sandy Kleffman and I (the science reporter for the chain) moderated it.  

Both men responded to questions posted by participants on how Congressional health reform legislation offers an unprecedented amount of funds for disease prevention, and funds for novel programs to improve health by improving neighborhoods. It's archived at: 

posted 12/16/2009

While reporting for a four-part series on the wide gap in life expectancies and disease rates between people in nearby neighborhoods – due to drastically different conditions and social status – I expected to find that health care reform legislation would do little to address this issue. The reform legislation, after all, is primarily about health care insurance. But I was surprised to find that, for the first time, Congressional legislation contains at least $3.4 billion to focus on improving health disparities.

posted 12/04/2009

On Sunday, a four-part series a year in the making runs in the Bay Area News Group. As the science reporter for the chain, I teamed with health reporter Sandy Kleffman to report and write this series.

Awards and Updates

2010 White House Correspondents’ Association Edgar A. Poe award

For four-part newspaper series (a CHJ fellowship project) I co-authored with BANG reporter Sandy Kleffman called “Shortened Lives: Where You Live Matters,” on why life expectancies vary so dramatically between nearby neighborhoods.

Suzanne Bohan's Blog

The Neighborhood Atlas gives journalists an intriguing new tool to visualize how social... more »
posted 07/13/18
In low-income neighborhoods beset by predatory lending and check-cashing hubs, options for... more »
posted 02/05/18
Join Dr. Robert Smith with the American Cancer Society and Dr. Chris Flowers with UCSF to discuss... more »
posted 02/23/10

Suzanne Bohan's Work

Two journalists offer tips for your reporting from their award-winning series on the striking gap in health and life expectancies between rich and poor neighborhoods.

The "Shortened Lives: Where You Live Matters" project, produced by staff writers Suzanne Bohan and Sandy Kleffman, ran in 2009 as a four-part series on Dec. 6, Dec. 7, Dec. 13 and Dec. 14 in the Contra Costa Times. The Times is a 168,000-circulation daily newspaper in Northern California.