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Coronavirus Files: The Youth Issue. Foster kids left adrift; Vaccines being tested in under-12s

For foster kids, lockdown begets 'perhaps irreversible damage;' young people can get seriously ill with COVID; younger kids could be vaccinated in fall; looking forward to back-to-school

Health Media Jobs & Opportunities: The Seattle Times is looking for a health reporter

The Seattle Times is looking for a health reporter. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is seeking a justice and equity editor.
People walk into downtown Calexico after crossing the United States-Mexico border on December 1, 2020.

Hit hard by the pandemic, one California county looks to vaccinate its most vulnerable

Often overshadowed by its larger, more affluent neighbors to the west, Imperial County had few testing and vaccination resources early on. Now, flush with vaccines, groups in the county are taking targeted efforts to reach vulnerable communities.
Kathy Curry of New Orleans cries as she learns that her daughter cannot make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas

Look behind the numbers when reporting on the pandemic’s mental health toll on people of color

Why journalists should take data on the pandemic’s toll on people of color with a grain of salt.
Rosa Mejia (L) listens as a mariachi band plays during a burial service for her husband Gilberto Arreguin Camacho, 58

How COVID-19 swept California’s mariachis

Dozens of musicians have died. Hundreds have been infected. With no other source of income, many had no choice but to risk viral exposure and perform.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services headquarters

NC could look to other states for potential child welfare reforms

Most states have state-administered systems that avoid many of the inconsistencies that have plagued NC child protective services.
Paige Rosemond, Wake County Division of Child Welfare director, works from her home office in Wake Forest.

Structure of NC child protective services leads to inequity

Troubled data system, loose compliance with standards, local autonomy, training and pay disparities, and resource imbalances add up to wide variation in child protection policies and outcomes across North Carolina.
All photos by Lexis-Olivier Ray for L.A. TACO.

There Weren't Enough Porta-Potties For The Homeless To Begin With. In October They're Being Pulled

This is the second investigative article by Lexis-Olivier Ray that was produced as a project for the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2020 Data Fellowship.


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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