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By George B. Sánchez-Tello
A report from the front lines of California’s Black mental health crisis.
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With heat waves now coinciding with California’s peak wildfire season, the workers who pick the nation’s produce face increasingly dangerous working conditions.
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Disasters in the form of wildfires, heatwaves and smoke days have exacerbated Sonoma's disparities of wealth, health and education.
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A new reporting project will look at how injuries and killings at the hands of L.A. County Sheriff Deputies impact the health of survivors, families and their communities.
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Five journalists will undertake ambitious explanatory and investigative reporting projects about California’s health challenges.
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Not only is the air quality decreasing, but the number of extreme heat events is on the rise. What will this mean for the health of nearby communities?
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"The question kept lingering in the back of my mind: What’s new about this story?"
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I’m writing this after six months of research, drafts and rewrites for my fellowship series about a new California health program called CalAIM, or California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal....
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The state will need to make major investments and policy shifts to meet the challenge.
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A reporter reflects on her journey through South Asian grocery stores in the Bay Area, where getting people to talk proved tricky.



The Center for Health Journalism’s two-day symposium on domestic violence will provide reporters with a roadmap for covering this public health epidemic with nuance and sensitivity. The first day will take place on the USC campus on Friday, March 17. The Center has a limited number of $300 travel stipends for California journalists coming from outside Southern California and a limited number of $500 travel stipends for those coming from out of state. Journalists attending the symposium will be eligible to apply for a reporting grant of $2,000 to $10,000 from our Domestic Violence Impact Reporting Fund. Find more info here!


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