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This story was produced as a project for the 2019 California Fellowship, a program of USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism.
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Some people say they only had minutes to prepare before they had to flee their homes during the Carr Fire in Shasta County last year. Such short notice was extra challenging for seniors and people with disabilities.
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“I never imagined that in one day, my whole caseload would have such severe trauma due to a natural disaster,” a school clinical social worker said.
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A reporter set out to discover why trauma rates were so high in the community of Paradise, Calif. Then the deadliest wildfire in state history destroyed the town.
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After Hurricane Katrina triggered the collapse of New Orleans’s public health system, shuttering 13 of 16 acute care hospitals, the city has reformed how it cares for residents, making it a model for disaster preparedness.

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Raj Kumari lost vision in her right eye due to measles. She was never vaccinated for the disease.

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Every holiday season, glossy brochures from Heifer International arrive in US mailboxes tempting people to send the gift of live animals to people in poor countries. Photos show happy kids hugging happy animals and assure givers the animals will provide meat, milk, eggs and wool in perpetuity. Wrong

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"Adverse childhood experience" has become a buzzword in social services, public health, education, pediatrics and even business. Do you know your own ACE score?

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Three journalists in the West have come out with refreshingly thorough and thoughtful treatments of local shaken baby cases, while a steady stream of plea bargains flows under the news net....

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Living for decades on boats, Sausalito's anchor-outs face daily perils, ongoing health challenges and stepped-up police scrutiny.

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