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Californians foot the bill for one of the largest prison systems in the world.  This series looked beyond the tremendous financial costs of incarceration and examined the collateral damage to individuals, families and whole communities in Oakland.

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Anyone who is concerned about the future transformation of the United States clinical delivery system should pay attention to the Care Innovations Summit.

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Dori Maynard, the president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, spends her life talking to journalists about how factors like race, gender, and age affect our understanding of what's news and our ability to empathize with our subjects. She spoke compellingly about these issues just a few weeks ago at our most recent Fellowship sessions. As she waited for a foundation executive earlier this month in the lobby of a Hampton Inn in Washington, she had a chilling firsthand experience that will no doubt inform her presentations to come.

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Alex Briscoe was appointed director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency in January 2010. Previously he served as the agency's deputy director. Before joining the county, he was the director of the Chappell Hayes Health Center at McClymonds High School in West Oakland. The Chappell Hayes Health Center is a satellite outpatient center of Children's Hospital and Research Center at Oakland. Mr. Briscoe earned a B.A. from Vassar College in urban studies and a master's in marriage and family counseling from the University of San Francisco. He is a mental health practitioner specializing in adolescent services and youth development. Mr.

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COVID-19 has made every journalist a health reporter, whether their usual beat is crime, education or county government.  Our 2021 California Fellowship will make anyone who attends a better health reporter -- and give you a reporting grant of $2,000-$10,000 and five months of mentoring while you work on an ambitious project. Deadline to apply: March 1.

In our next webinar, we’ll analyze Biden’s COVID-19 strategy in the first 100 days — and the huge obstacles the new federal effort must confront. We’ll also look at how Biden plans to address the economic devastation wrought by the pandemic, with a focus on women and vulnerable families. Sign-up here!

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