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The notion that health is influenced by societal factors has been around for generations. Rudolf Vicherow, known for his advancement of public health, is quoted famously for his 1841 declaration that “medicine is a social science, and politics is nothing else but medicine on a large scale”. The c

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A formerly sickly child, West Virginia's top health official finds himself in the position to affect the health of more than 400,000 West Virginians enrolled in Medicaid, DHHR's biggest program.

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For health media professionals with a knack for generating healthy living content geared toward online audiences, NBC Universal offers an opportunity with iVillage. Also, our Southern California members might want to check out some current openings around Orange County. Or, if you're interested in health journalism fellowships, workshops, awards and other opportunities, you can find the most updated information.

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This week, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles offers a unique opportunity to oversee an initiative aiming to raise mental health awareness in the entertainment industry. We also highlight various medical groups and institutes seeking online-savvy media professionals. In addition to the latest information on health journalism fellowships, workshops and other educational opportunities, check out our new listings for awards and competitions.

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The Croakey Register of Influencers in Public Health will document ties between corporations and the public health officials and programs they seek to influence. Will you help us?

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Ron Shinkman has worked many gigs in his career, but none perhaps as eye-opening as his experience covering the medical marijuana industry in Southern California. Here's our Q&A with the veteran health business journalist.

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The debt debate's impact on healthcare providers, junk food wastelands, Russia's surprising health move and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Seattle is known as a haven for foodies, so it was something of a shameful surprise to discover that Seattle has a food desert in its own backyard.

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If communities build access to healthy foods, will residents come? The evidence is mixed.

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In late 2009, I read an article in O magazine about a Binghamton, New York, community that’s gone without a neighborhood supermarket for more than 15 years. That sparked my interest in communities, fresh food and what happens to people’s health when they eat what is merely convenient and/or affordable.

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The nation’s overdose epidemic has entered a devastating new phase. Drugs laced with fentanyl and even more poisonous synthetics have flooded the streets, as the crisis spreads well beyond the rural, largely white communities that initially drew attention. The death rate is escalating twice as fast among Black people than among white people. This webinar will give journalists deep insights, fresh story ideas and practical tips for covering an epidemic that killed more than 107,000 people in the U.S. last year. Sign-up here!

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