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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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“There’s so many aspects of services that failed people that shouldn’t have,” said Marselles Coe of San Antonio, who depends on dialysis treatments.
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Addressing the long-standing divide between Black Americans and the medical community.
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If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught me anything, it’s that the U.S. has a complicated relationship with chronic disease.
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Syreeta Nolan's life as a disabled student with multiple chronic illnesses was complicated before the pandemic. Once COVID-19 hit, delays in care, lack of academic accommodations, and exclusion from California's vaccine priority guidelines made things more difficult.
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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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