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posted 12/03/2015

New hepatitis C treatments are both staggeringly effective and expensive. This has sparked a nationwide discussion about the high cost of specialty drugs and how such costs are keeping patients from needed treatments. Prescribing data may offer new insights.

posted 03/20/2013

When some youth journalists report on environmental health issues impacting their own communities, are they able to maintain neutrality or do they advocate for change?

posted 03/07/2013

Just how well is California doing transitioning children from the outgoing Healthy Families low-cost health insurance program to Medi-Cal? The state's version of its progress is rosier than what children's health advocates are seeing on the ground.

posted 02/28/2013

A new report looks at using health information technology for outreach and enrollment efforts, but in a manner that takes into account the digital divide.

posted 02/21/2013

Health Career Connection broadens students' career opportunities and opens their eyes to health care needs of underserved communities.

posted 02/14/2013

Oakland-based Health Career Connection helps prepare the next generation of talented, diverse health leaders and professionals by connecting them to internships, mentors and health professions schools.

posted 02/07/2013

Three years ago, one hospital in the area averaged 100 emergency room visits per month -- now it averages 400. That same hospital's debt, largely because of unpaid bills, stands at $1.2 million, a 2,000 percent increase in four years.

posted 02/01/2013

I was just beginning to wrap my head around the Affordable Care Act when President Obama and legislators started proposing plans for comprehensive immigration reform this week. That led me to wonder: What could immigration reform mean for health reform?

posted 01/24/2013

Reporters Ruxandra Guidi and Erica Peterson live about 2,000 miles apart. But when they embarked on in-depth stories on environmental justices issues in their communities, they faced very similar challenges.

posted 01/22/2013

Veteran environmental reporter recommends starting by reporting the basic story first - focusing on what the problem appears to be, and how authorities and businesses are responding.

Awards and Updates

McClatchy President's Award for Special Projects - awarded by McClatchy Company
Honored for series of stories on Kettleman City's environmental justice fight

I recently received the George F. Gruner Prize for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism, a McClatchy Company President's Award, and an honor from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists for my three-part series on the Kettleman City community's fight for health and environmental justice.

 

Rebecca Plevin's Blog

New hepatitis C treatments are both staggeringly effective and expensive. This has sparked a... more »
posted 12/03/15
When some youth journalists report on environmental health issues impacting their own communities... more »
posted 03/20/13
Just how well is California doing transitioning children from the outgoing Healthy Families low... more »
posted 03/07/13

Rebecca Plevin's Latest Comments

Posted by rebeccaplevin | Thursday, 2012-01-05, 11:44
Joy - I cover similar issues here in the San Joaquín Valley, and have often been tempted to do...
Posted by rebeccaplevin | Monday, 2010-11-15, 11:45
Hi Barbara: I just blogged about a sorta-similar project here in the San Joaquin Valley. The San...
Posted by rebeccaplevin | Tuesday, 2010-09-28, 10:14
Wow - that's a great story. It is amazing to think that a fuel-efficient stove could provide...

Rebecca Plevin's Work

The Los Angeles Department of Health Services will start approving hepatitis C drugs for active IV drug users. Until now, the department had withheld approval for anyone who had not been drug-free for at least six months.
"It's our obligation to offer treatment in a manner that's rational and logical," said the county's chief medical officer. "We identify the individuals for initial treatment right now, based on how we can offer the most care to the most people, who are going to benefit from it the most now."

How one reporter "fell down a data rabbit hole" while investigating how many Medicaid patients were denied costly hep C drugs, and what she'll do differently next time.

Collaborative Reporting

Community members are invited to attend Valley Fever Research Day Saturday at the UCSF Fresno... more »