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 The Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Can Los Angeles County’s jail system take better care of mothers and their kids?

Are changes toward a "care first, jail last" model making a meaningful difference for incarcerated women and mothers?
Grocery stores such as New India Bazaar and Trinethra provide staples and cultural lifelines for the South Bay’s Indian communit

Ethnic grocery stores are a measure of health for diverse neighborhoods

A new reporting project will take a deeper look at ethnic grocery stores, which have proven lifelines for their communities throughout the pandemic.
Photos show members of the Marshallese community in Dubuque, Iowa. The community’s overlooked health needs were the focus of Dan

Ace reporters share strategies for landing big projects with impact

Dan Diamond of The Washington Post, Neil Bedi of ProPublica and Kathleen McGrory of the Tampa Bay Times share strategies for getting big projects noticed.
Statue of Woman

For disabled parents, maternity care is a minefield

While parents of disabled children are more seen and supported than ever, disabled parents remain marginalized, stigmatized, and invisible.
 Amaka Iheaka gives a shot to Yolanda Penaflor at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Long Beach Convention Center on April 1,

COVID-19 exposes long-standing health inequities in one of California’s largest cities

Health disparities have existed in Long Beach for decades, but experts say those long-standing inequalities have now come into stark view during COVID-19.
Migrant farm laborers have their temperature checked before boarding a bus to their shift in King City, California in April 2020

‘COVID was the disease that revealed our illness as a society,’ equity researcher says

Sociologist Manuel Pastor on why it would be a huge mistake to go “back to the way we were before COVID-19."
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Experts explain how we can do more to address the social drivers of health

An OB-GYN, housing expert and a social services reporter offer insights for covering the root causes that harm the health of pregnant women and families.
Empty Classsroom

How has COVID-19 fractured the lives of California’s students?

As students begin their return to the classroom for physical instruction over the next year, the long-term repercussions of a year of virtual learning will become clearer.


As public health officials like to say, "COVID-19 isn't done with us." And journalists know that we're not done with COVID-19. Apply now for five days of stimulating discussions on the pandemic's disproportionate impact on people of color -- plus reporting and engagement grants of $2k-$10k and five months of mentoring while you work on an ambitious project.

Are you passionate about helping journalists understand and illuminate the social factors that contribute to health and health disparities at a time when COVID-19 has highlighted the costs of such inequities? Looking to play a big role in shaping journalism today in the United States? The USC Center for Health Journalism seeks an enterprising and experienced journalism leader for our new position of “Manager of Projects.” 



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