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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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Two reporters dig beneath the feel-good stories that led SF health officials to pat themselves on the back.
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Years later, "the ordeal still casts a shadow that complicates my everyday existence."
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San Diego County’s refusal to release data spurs legal battle for access to information that helps journalists report.
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Ever-harsher restrictions in Texas force more women to seek care out of state.
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Reporters share how the Supreme Court decision changed the story in their states – or didn’t.
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A researcher, advocate and journalist share a terminology primer, policy updates and ideas for coverage.
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Engaged journalism helped me see the whole of these men and women. And, just as I wanted to listen, many were willing to talk.
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The most decorated U.S. track and field Olympian in history is using her star power to highlight the glaring disparities facing Black mothers.
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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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