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Health reform in Mass., fruit-veggie deficits and @#$! cancer: The ReportingonHealth Daily Briefing

Health reform in Mass., fruit-veggie deficits and @#$! cancer: The ReportingonHealth Daily Briefing

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Here's what we're reading today:

Health Reform: KBUR's Common Health Blog's Carey Goldberg finds "nuggets" that can serve as great health reform story ideas in a new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on how health care reform has affected Massachusetts.

Nutrition: Americans already don't eat enough fruits and vegetables for health (as determined by the federal government) and now they're eating even less of them, especially in Oklahoma and South Dakota, who rank at the bottom for produce consumption. The Associated Press' Mike Stobbe has the story.

Health Access: Just because you have better access to a primary care doctor doesn't mean you'll get better care, according to a new analysis from the venerable Dartmouth Atlas Project.

Prescription Drugs: Managed Care Matters' Joe Paduda continues his fantastic investigative reporting on some pharmacy benefit management companies' absurdly high charges for workers' comp drugs.

Cancer: A new cancer awareness social media campaign is centered on the f-word. But will the campaign provoke more than it educates?


The Center for Health Journalism’s 2023 National Fellowship will provide $2,000 to $10,000 reporting grants, five months of mentoring from a veteran journalist, and a week of intensive training at USC Annenberg in Los Angeles from July 16-20. Click here for more information and the application form, due May 5.

The Center for Health Journalism’s 2023 Symposium on Domestic Violence provides reporters with a roadmap for covering this public health epidemic with nuance and sensitivity. The next session will be offered virtually on Friday, March 31. 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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