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It's no surprise that the Central Valley is a medically underserved community, where recruiting doctors is a tough task. Many of the doctors working here have attended medical school overseas. In fact, if you crunch the numbers, Kern County comes in fourth among California's 58 counties for having the most foreign-trained doctors.

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Get tips from public radio journalist Sasha Khokha on how to report on the links between air pollution and health in your community.

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To encourage more doctors to work in underserved areas, state Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, proposed a bill for the Steven M. Thompson Medical School Scholarship Program to help students pay for medical school. The bill, Assembly Bill 589, has a condition: The students contractually commit to work their first three years after residency in an underserved area.

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Some local entrepreneurs have been stunned because they failed to meet all the rules for the small-business tax credits in last year's highly vaunted federal health care law to help cover their health care costs.

Despite their disappointment, they're hopeful that another part of the law, which kicks in three years from now, is well worth waiting for.

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California's Central Valley has by far the highest agricultural production in the country. But those who work the land often don't benefit from the fresh fruits and vegetables they harvest.

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In California’s agricultural Central Valley, clean water is surprisingly hard to come by, and expensive, for some of the region’s poorest residents. It’s not hard to make the connection between poor health and water that has been tainted by nitrates from agricultural runoff.

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California’s Central Valley, also known as the greatest garden in the world, has by far the highest agricultural production in the country. But those who work in “the garden,” rarely benefit from the fresh fruits and vegetables they harvest.

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Tulare County, a poor, semi-rural county in California's Central Valley, has a one-third of its population on Medi-Cal — California's version of Medicaid. This is more than any other county in the state, yet the resources to care for the Medi-Cal population are few.

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A look into why Tulare County, a poor, semi-rural county in California's Central Valley, has a severe lack of physicians.

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