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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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The intersection of race and place proves key to understanding the gaps.
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What impact will the increase have on food insecurity? It's a timely story worth tracking in your community.
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Will fears of the Trump-era “public charge” rule keep immigrants from signing up?
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Researchers detail yet another instance of a predictive formula that can disadvantage Black patients.
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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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