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Cesar Chavez Ravenswood Middle School in East Palo Alto, California.

Why didn’t kids show up to class last year in one Bay Area school district?

Why are students missing class at such a high rate in East Palo Alto's public schools? A reporter seeks answers.
Signage outside Madera Community Hospital indicates its closure. The hospital, closed for more than two months now, was the only

What happens to a community when it loses its only hospital?

The residents of Madera County in California’s San Joaquin Valley are grappling with a new reality.
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The pandemic made childhood obesity even worse. How can we help the children most at risk?

The problem has taken on fresh urgency as CDC data shows obesity rates among children increased rapidly during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Can California clean up decades of toxic pollution left by dry cleaners?

Communities deserve to know more about the silent public health threat potentially sitting below their homes and businesses.
Dr. Seema Yasmin speaks to 2023 California Health Equity Fellows.

Not all medical studies are equal: A physician-journalist explains how to evaluate scientific evidence

“I want to highlight not just fact checking, but also source checking,” Dr. Seema Yasmin told fellows.
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Coronavirus Files: Three years in, data show pandemic hurt Black children, pregnant women

Also, looking back and forward after three pandemic years, and a new analysis points to animal origin for COVID.
Pregnant woman

Race matters more than income in explaining why childbirth is far more deadly for Black families

Stanford's Maya Rossin-Slater unpacks her team's landmark study, which finds even rich Black mothers are more likely to have worse birth outcomes than their white counterparts.
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Overactive bladder syndrome is overlooked and yet incredibly debilitating

Reporter will shine a light on an overlooked but debilitating health issue affecting millions of Americans.


The Center for Health Journalism’s 2023 National Fellowship will provide $2,000 to $10,000 reporting grants, five months of mentoring from a veteran journalist, and a week of intensive training at USC Annenberg in Los Angeles from July 16-20. Click here for more information and the application form, due May 5.

The Center for Health Journalism’s 2023 Symposium on Domestic Violence provides reporters with a roadmap for covering this public health epidemic with nuance and sensitivity. The next session will be offered virtually on Friday, March 31. Journalists attending the symposium will be eligible to apply for a reporting grant of $2,000 to $10,000 from our Domestic Violence Impact Reporting Fund. Find more info here!


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