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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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My family was fortunate, but other medically fragile people were not able to isolate or protect themselves, and it cost them their lives.
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A family dreams of hot pot and a better future in a small crowded one-room SRO in San Francisco.
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Black girls in the United States have long been denied the vulnerability and protection usually afforded children.
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“I started out as a proselytizer. But I saw how my conversations hinged on my power as a white woman, a doctor and an employer.”
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Why Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of APHA, thinks enacting vaccine passports right now could be a "slippery slope" that exacerbates inequities.
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"As the virus spread and Pacific Islander advocates rushed to help their communities, several told me they felt abandoned by the state."
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COVID-19 forced accommodations that activists have long demanded. “I am terrified these changes will vanish once the virus is under control.”
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How she structures her reporting to create sweeping accounts of personal turmoil and overarching revelations about systems of power and their impacts on our lives.
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Why some Black Americans are deciding to sit the trial out — and with it the painful reliving of George Floyd’s final moments.
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Week of going door to door in Newark had led nowhere. Then, little by little, a reporter found his way into the story.

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This month marks the sober anniversary of the police killing of George Floyd, which ignited global protests and renewed efforts to reform or dismantle policing. In our next webinar, we’ll examine the price society pays for a criminal-legal system that disproportionately arrests, punishes and kills Black people. And we’ll look at how reporters can best cover this evolving story in original and powerful ways. Sign-up here!

As public health officials like to say, "COVID-19 isn't done with us." And journalists know that we're not done with COVID-19. Apply now for five days of stimulating discussions on the pandemic's disproportionate impact on people of color -- plus reporting and engagement grants of $2k-$10k and five months of mentoring while you work on an ambitious project.

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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