Skip to main content.

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.

Picture of Sara Stewart
The future of abortion access in the US is in a major state of flux, with new restrictive laws or bills from red states in the news virtually every day. Advocates are responding in part by helping women get to clinics.
Picture of John Gonzales
Is California merely robbing Peter to pay Paul with its voter-approved bond measure to house mentally ill homeless people? Places such as Tulare County could end up losing badly needed mental health funding.
Picture of Susan  Abram
Recent research suggests gardens and green spaces have a positive effect on nearby residents' mental health. L.A. County is embracing the strategy in Watts.
Picture of John Gonzales
The bond money for Proposition 2 will be financed by funds from the Mental Health Services Act, which has been mired in controversy and ineffectiveness since its passage in 2004.
Picture of Kerry Klein
The Central Valley's Kern County reported a 30 percent rise in overdose deaths from 2016 to 2017, bucking the statewide decline in fatal overdoses.
Picture of Georges Benjamin
"I am often asked why public health should care about the role of the court and who sits on it. The answer is simple: Court rulings can support or overturn policies that dramatically affect the public’s health."
Picture of Anna Maria Barry-Jester
“We need to think of race as a proxy for racism, rather than race as a proxy for biology," says Drexel University's Michael Yudell.
Picture of Anna Maria Barry-Jester
Maps can spotlight striking geographical patterns in health and pinpoint the questions your reporting needs to answer.
Picture of Cary Aspinwall
Across the country, politicians, reform advocates and the bail industry are waiting to see what happens next.
Picture of John  Gonzales
“The best policy we can pursue is try to reduce access to firearms among people who are suicidal," one researcher says.

Pages

CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY

Follow Us

Facebook


Twitter

CHJ Icon
ReportingHealth