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Native American health

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Candid reflections and takeaways from a brutally awful year in Indian County.
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“COVID has exposed the result of decades of underfunding and inaction,” says Dr. Mary Owen of the Center of American Indian and Minority Health.
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When reporter S.E. Ruckman set out to tell the story of how the ACA rollout was faring among Native American communities, she found little help and few resources. But she pushed forward, and found value in persistence and serendipitous connections.

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It was Felix the cat who set it off, a great black outline of the cartoon character with his name emblazoned across his chest in a bygone typography. He spoke of an L.A. from the big, big 1950’s, a mythical all the way to the top time. But for me, standing on Figueroa Blvd. in 2014 Felix set off...

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In the Pacific Northwest, are polluted waters and a diet of fish putting tribal people at risk for diseases like cancer? In the coming weeks, Washington state is likely to propose new water quality standards, which will renew public debate about how to protect coastal waters.

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Health care program for Alaska Natives keeps better tabs on patients, often with email and texts, and reduces unnecessary doctor visits. And because patients usually get appointments the day they call, they turn to the emergency room less for primary care.

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    The fifth and final story in my series, "Invisible Nations, Enduring Ills," on health disparities affecting Native Americans in the Portland area ran today on the front page of The Sunday Oregonian. Today's story focuses on the dramatic success and efficiency of an innovative Native American health organization in Anchorage, Alaska, called...

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Candida KingBird, 38, has lived a decade with diabetes and has five children, the last of whom nearly died from problems related to the disease after a cesarean section. The fourth part of my series on health disparities affecting Native Americans in Portland, Ore., tracks her journey through a difficulty, risky sixth pregnancy.

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How trauma, alcohol and the chaos they produce undercut Native American health.

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Native Americans have the highest diabetes rate among all racial and ethnic groups in America and offer a preview of where the rest of the country is headed. They also have found ways to keep the disease at bay.



The pandemic has thrown into brutal relief the extent to which the U.S. health care system produces worse outcomes for patients of color. And yet there has been scant focus on one of the biggest drivers of structural racism in health care: How doctors and hospitals are paid. In this webinar, we’ll highlight the ways in which the health care system’s focus on money and good grades is shortchanging the health of communities of color. Sign-up here!

U.S. children and teens have struggled with increasing rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal behavior for much of the past decade. Join us as we explore the systemic causes and policy failures that have accelerated the crisis and its inequitable impact, as well as promising community-driven approaches and evidence-based practices. The webinar will provide fresh ideas for reporting on the mental health of youth and investigating the systems and services. Sign-up here!

The USC Center for Health Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking two Engagement Editors and a social media consultant to join its team. Learn more about the positions and apply.


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