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Health information technology is a complex and challenging topic to cover, and it's easy to get lost in the jargon. Veteran journalist Neil Versel offers background and story ideas for covering this issue in your community as health reform rolls out. 

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Community health centers — outpatient clinics established explicitly for low-income, uninsured and publicly insured patients, as well as migrant workers and the homeless — are a major component of the United States' health care safety net. These freestanding clinics may can be operated by private nonprofits, local public health departments, public hospitals, or partnerships between local governments and nonprofit organizations.

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Anyone who has helped a friend or family member undergo cancer treatment knows the fear and frustration that can consume a patient's life. There are new, experimental treatments being touted every year, many of them only available outside of the United States.

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Moon S. Chen, Jr., Ph.D., M.P.H., is principal investigator of the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness Research and Training, a joint project of the National Cancer Institute and UC Davis aimed at reducing the risk of cancer among Asians through research, community prevention efforts and training. Professor Chen also serves as associate director for disparities and research at UC Davis Cancer Center. Before joining the UC Davis faculty, he served as chair of the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion at the School of Public Health at Ohio State University.

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Karen Davis is president of The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.

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urrently, the Emanuel and Robert Hart Professor of Bioethics, Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and the Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Prior to coming to Penn in 1994, Caplan taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University.

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Native Americans experience higher disease rates than other Americans for problems ranging from diabetes and heart ailments to mental illness and suicides, which contribute to their lower life expectancy. Get tips from a veteran journalist for covering these health issues.



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