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John Rich is professor and chair of health management and policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health and director of the university’s Center for Nonviolence & Social Justice. He has been a leader in the field of public health, and his work has focused on serving one of the nation’s most ignored and underserved populations --African-American men in urban settings. Dr. Rich is the author of the 2009 book, "Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men." In 2006, he received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

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Veteran food policy journalist Christopher Cook offers context on "food deserts" and how to identify and report on them in your community.

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You know you want take the long journey of writing a book, but how do you take the first step? Here are some top tips for getting published from three health writers who have been there.

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This traditional and culturally-linked cuisine remains popular to many but is moving to more healthy dishes and styles.

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I was a bit torn when trying to figure out how to approach this piece. A reader emailed me about an article in the Huffington Post, and there is so much wrong with it that I felt overwhelmed. My solution is to focus on a few of the problems that can help illuminate broader points.

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Tom Linden seemed to be on a fast track to a successful career in journalism.

He was the editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper in Southern California. As a college student at Yale University, Linden got his reporter's legs at the Yale Daily News and covered the New Haven Black Panther trials for the Los Angeles Times. When he graduated in 1970, he won a fellowship and secured a book deal to write about army deserters in exile who were protesting or escaping the Vietnam War.

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In a little more than two weeks, we will launch our 2010 National Health Journalism Fellowships. Of course, we hope and expect that the talented journalists who participate will produce great stories. But we will know this program has succeeded if it prompts participants to challenge conventional notions of what constitutes a health story. Seminar speakers will touch upon topics as varied as international trade and gang violence. But running through the Fellowships' weeklong extended conversation is a common theme: the links between Place and Health.

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When Dr. R. Jan Gurley (a.k.a. Doc Gurley) went to Haiti to provide emergency medical care earlier this year, it blew her mind that she could carry her entire medical library with her on her iPhone. "My entire medical library, including little videos of how to do really invasive procedures, is on my iPhone. I should be able to text, upload photos and even little bits of video with my iPhone," she told ReportingonHealth.

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This article was first published by Zócalo Public Square, and is reposted here with the author's permission.

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