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The Center for Health Journalism has awarded $25,000 in reporting grants from our Impact Fund to help California journalists undertake ambitious explanatory or investigative reporting about health issues in underserved communities in the state.
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Nearly 4 million Californians lack health insurance coverage, and nearly three out of five uninsured residents are Latino or Hispanic. Is the state and its health exchange, Covered California, doing enough to get Latinos insured?

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Finding real people can be one of the hardest parts of journalism, but it is also usually one of the most rewarding and moving. So don't give up. Keep reaching out, and eventually someone will reach back.

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More than a decade of research in the Salinas Valley of California - one of the most thriving agriculture regions in the world - has shed light on environmental hazards and their potential health risks.

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What got me interested in San Lucas was contaminated drinking water there, but my reporting revealed deeper issues like the ability of local government to function, how to do business in a town without water, and tense dynamics between government and the private sector.

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At Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, the National Union of Healthcare Workers fights cutbacks and concession demands as employers and healthcare workers watch the performance of the two-year old union.

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The future of Natividad

Part 1: On the verge of closure: Natividad's financial struggles threten its existence

Part 2: Turning around a public safety-net hospital: A last-ditch effort to save Natividad suceeds beyond expectations

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