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Debra L Cherry

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Debra Cherry is excutive vice president of the Alzheimer's Association's California Southland Chapter, where she oversees program development, strategic planning and public policy efforts on behalf of people with dementia and their families. Cherry holds a Ph.D. in a clinical psychology from USC and completed her post-doctoral training in geriatric psychology at UCLA. She has served on the board of directors of the American Society on Aging (ASA) and as the chairperson of the national conferences of ASA and of the Alzheimer's Association.

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The USC Center for Health Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking two Engagement Editors to serve as thought leaders in one of the most innovative and rewarding arenas in journalism today – “engaged reporting” that puts the community at the center of the reporting process. Learn more about the positions and apply to join our team.

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Nowhere was the massive COVID wave of winter 2021 more devastating than in America’s nursing homes, where 71,000 residents died in the surge. In this webinar, we’ll hear from the lead reporter in the USA Today series "Dying for Care," who will show how an original data analysis and an exhaustive reporting effort revealed a pattern of unnecessary deaths that compounded the pandemic’s brutal toll. Sign-up here!

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