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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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Medical care and safety net programs are not reaching low-income and immigrant communities in places such as SF.
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Now more than ever, journalists need to make space for positive coping skills to process the difficult experiences and emotions that come with the job.
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Critics of the move to an age-based priority system say it defies evidence that workplace transmission is a major source of spread.
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It’s one thing to report about disparities in health outcomes. It’s another to hear DonnaMarie Woodson’s story.
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COVID-19 has stolen attention from the addiction crisis — and made it worse
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Are new policies from the nation’s largest group of physicians on race a game changer — or too little too late?
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A doctor who cares for underserved patients finds her efforts are often rendered useless by systemic barriers to care.
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Tribes are finding strength and solutions in culture and tradition amid the devastation of COVID-19.
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Hard-earned tips on how to stay nimble when current events supplant your grand reporting plans.
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Too many hospitals and clinics buck legal requirements to serve patients in their languages. The failure to communicate can have deadly consequences.

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