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posted 04/21/2011

Though blogging and social media have been around for some time now, some people still argue that blogging, social media and journalism should be independent of one another. Scott Hensley of NPR's Shots blog contends that couldn’t be further from the truth.

posted 05/20/2010

Health Dialogues, a special series from KQED Public Radio exploring California health care issues, is seeking community voices to chronicle the health of their cities for our new blog, Our State of Health: California Reports. The blog will feature citizen correspondents from across California, filling us in on the latest news and attitudes in health from around the state.

posted 03/22/2010

I recently produced a web-only interactive story about a San Francisco-based artist's quest for a kidney donor for KQED Public Radio's Health Dialogues.

posted 12/03/2009

Most unaccompanied refugee minors arrive in the U.S. with basic health issues that need to be addressed. Many are malnourished, having nearly starved on their journey to the States - and many have untreated and/or undiagnosed illnesses. These children also come with severe psychological scars that need addressing. A minority of the refugee minors arriving in Northern California are formally diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

posted 10/26/2009

Comprehensive immigration reform hasn't happened since 1986, when the Immigration Reform & Control Act (IRCA) was passed. Now immigration reform is in the air once again - with President Obama saying the issue will be tackled next year. What is it like for undocumented and seasonal workers to get health care under the current system? Will immigration reform change things?

posted 09/21/2009

As Congress considers a major overhaul of the U.S. health care system, Health Dialogues examines how the new state budget will affect health care closer to home. Will kids in low income families be able to get basic services? What about drug treatment programs mandated by Proposition 36? And how may where you live affect the care you'll get?

Healthy Families Long-Term Stability in Question: Find out what it's like to be a 15 year-old girl without health insurance, as Health Dialogues hears from one of nearly 80,000 children on the Healthy Families waiting list backlog.

posted 08/20/2009

Original post on KQED's Bay Area Bites blog. Spinach, alfalfa sprouts, peanut butter, beef...almost weekly, FDA and USDA alerts fill my inbox with notices about food recalls due to Salmonella or E. Coli. How does our food supply get contaminated? And what safeguards exist to ensure that the foods we eat are produced in safe and sanitary conditions?

posted 07/30/2009

Trudy Lieberman is the president of The Association of Health Care Journalists board of directors, and she is the director of the health and medicine reporting program at the Graduate School of Journalism at City University of New York. Ms. Lieberman is also a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review, and a contributor to The Nation. Below is her blog post on how health care reporting is possible - and necessary!

Shuka Kalantari's Blog

Though blogging and social media have been around for some time now, some people still argue that... more »
posted 04/21/11
Health Dialogues, a special series from KQED Public Radio exploring California health care issues... more »
posted 05/20/10
I recently produced a web-only interactive story about a San Francisco-based artist's quest for a... more »
posted 03/22/10

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Posted by Shuka | Monday, 2010-10-04, 14:45
I wanted to add one more note: I make most of my contacts health journalism conferences. Ie: I...
Posted by Shuka | Wednesday, 2010-02-03, 16:11
Baffling... Thank you for making this known to the public!

Shuka Kalantari's Work

KQED's Health Dialogues looks at the low rates of prenatal care for Native American women in California, and why it is hard to change the numbers. Reporter: Shuka Kalantari

Disabled and elderly people originally admitted to the U.S. as refugees could lose federal cash assistance today. Under a new law, they have to be American citizens in order to receive some benefits.

For people like 86-year-old Philippe Kaninda, who doesn't speak English and suffers from dementia, passing the citizenship test seems impossible. If Kaninda loses is SSI, he may also lose his MediCal, California's health insurance program for low income individuals.

Shuka Kalantari interviews artist Victor Zaballa about his experience with organ donation and its impact on the Latino community.