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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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Children of color are disproportionately targeted by ads for misleading and potentially dangerous products.
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Media stories have highlighted the outsized impact of the pandemic on Filipino Americans, but there remains a lack of good basic data.
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The Atlanta shooting served as a catalyst for a group of Asian American researchers to launch a new survey they hope will foreground the wellbeing and mental health of younger Asian Americans.
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Why journalists should take data on the pandemic’s toll on people of color with a grain of salt.
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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.
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Can a new data portal help remedy some of the persistent data gaps on health disparities?
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Two surveys of Los Angeles residents carry lessons for vaccine outreach efforts.
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Criminal justice scholars Frank Edwards and Andrea Headley join ProPublica's Topher Sanders for a look at the latest efforts to advance police accountability, and how reporters can stay ahead of the story.
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President Biden signs a hate crime law to stem violence against Asian Americans. Now state legislators must act to end rampant discrimination and protect health and safety.
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Dr. Cheryl Woods Giscombe discusses how Black women experience stress, and how it may be impacting their health during the pandemic.



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?  Apply now for one of our positions. 

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