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They are neighborhoods where a wilting head of lettuce costs two or three times as much as a dollar meal. Where fast-food spots litter the landscape but the nearest supermarket is miles away. "Shopping local" in these communities means buying food at a convenience store or a gas station where limited shelf life restricts choices to calorie-dense, highly processed foods with little nutritional value. Fried food abounds; fresh food is near impossible to find.

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Manuel Pastor is professor of geography and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California, where he also serves as director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the Center for Sustainable Cities and co‐director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). Founding director of the Center forJustice, Tolerance, and Community at UC Santa Cruz, Professor Pastor holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has received numerous fellowships and grants.

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Manuel Pastor is professor of geography and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California, where he also serves as director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at the Center for Sustainable Cities and co‐director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). Founding director of the Center forJustice, Tolerance, and Community at UC Santa Cruz, Professor Pastor holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has received numerous fellowships and grants.

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Deborah Estrin is founding director of the National Science Foundation-funded Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) at UCLA, where she holds the Jon Postel Chair in Computer Networks and has a joint appointment in electrical engineering. Her most recent work focuses on participatory sensing systems, leveraging the location, image and user-contributed data streams increasingly available globally from mobile smartphones.

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Stan Dorn is a senior research associate at the Urban Institute. He is an expert on Medicaid, SCHIP, auto enrollment strategies for providing health coverage, Health Coverage Tax Credits and the uninsured. Previously, Mr. Dorn was senior policy analyst at the Economic and Social Research Institute, where he focused on strategies to cover the uninsured.

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Some West Virginia lawmakers want to ban K2 and other so-called synthetic marijuana products, which are growing in popularity.

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The West Virginia Dental Association says the state's plans to shift Medicaid toward a managed-care model is a bad idea. Behavioral health providers and advocates for people with mental illness have also raised concerns about the transitition to managed care.

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Serious depression is a growing problem for multicultural seniors. But unlike older whites, ethnic people 50-plus are blocked from treatment by poverty, limited or no insurance, lack of programs geared for them—and the stigma of mental problems that permeates many cultures. New America media senior editor Paul Kleyman reports his series on mental challenges for ethnic seniors.

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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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