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The Health Divide

The Health Divide explores the ways in which persistent disparities and inequities shape health in this country, with a focus on the role played by social factors outside of the doctor’s office. We look at the conditions where people live and work, and the influence of race, class and immigration status. We look at the health care policy landscape and efforts to close the gap between the haves and have nots when it comes to inequitable access and treatment in health care. The Health Divide explores the role of systemic racism and police violence as well as community safety and how such conditions can contribute to toxic stress and illness. Such factors can have an outsize role in determining individual and community well-being, influencing how long we live and the quality of our lives. We highlight great work around these themes in the journalism and policy sphere, and encourage our readers to weigh in with ideas.

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"We’re reporters and we know how to access people for our stories, but this was going to take a paradigm shift."
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A haunting story to report: Children suffering from being away from their families kept thinking about ending their lives.
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Is air conditioning is a necessity or a luxury? Rising temps may decide the question for us.
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Latinos make up 39% of the state’s population but 5% of physicians and surgeons. A young doctor hopes to close the gap.
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California, one of the most diverse states in America, offers a fascinating window into the unequal geography of evictions.
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The series puts the emphasis on the validity of a patient’s feelings and emotions surrounding a particular health encounter or experience.
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Known as the public charge rule, it allowed the government to deny green cards to people who received Medicaid, food stamps, rental support and other essential forms of non-cash aid.
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COVID taught us a lot about feeding people, especially children. Here's how we can make the lessons stick.
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The Biden administration takes steps to ease the burden and protect consumers.
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Before, during and after involvement in the juvenile justice system, the health of these youth is compromised.

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