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A federal court of appeals recently upheld a lower court's 2006 decision that found the tobacco industry guilty of racketeering and fraud. The House of Representatives has already voted to give the F.D.A. powers to regulate tobacco products, and the Senate is considering a similar vote. It's time for universities such as the University of California to wake up and cut their research ties with Big Tobacco, which has long used university research results to defraud the public.

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Two sessions of the program in the San Diego and Border region aim to provide journalists with an insight and understanding to the community and health care issues that surround its residents.

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Two years ago, poor medical care in state prisons accounted for about one inmate death each week. A federal judge took over and the state terminated about 60 substandard physicians. That's left many prisons without enough doctors, but not the Calipatria prison about 100 miles east of San Diego. KPCC's Julie Small reports on one doctor who's quickly building the staff.

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Zara Marselian is founder and CEO of La Maestra Community Health Centers, a network of three clinic sites offering comprehensive health services regardless of ability to pay. La Maestra targets underserved, ethnically diverse communities, including immigrants, and delivers culturally competent health care services. A child of refugee and immigrant parents, Marselian founded La Maestra to offer multicultural health care and social services to immigrants and refugees in inner-city San Diego.

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William Fenical is a professor of oceanography at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography and director of the Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine at Scripps. His research involves the isolation and identification of active chemical materials from marine plants and animals that may have potential pharmaceutical or agricultural uses. His research involves marine organic chemistry with a focus on chemical defense mechanisms in marine organisms and the chemistry of marine microorganisms.

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Dr. Thomas R. Moore is chair of reproductive medicine at the UCSD School of Medicine and director of the school's maternal-fetal medicine fellowship training program. Moore is an expert on fetal diseases and high-risk and problem pregnancies. Moore's research focus is the biology of mother and fetus, and his research of amniotic fluid regulation is widely cited. His clinical specialties include all aspects of maternal-fetal medicine, especially fetal movement, diabetes and pregnancy, amniotic fluid volume and fetal diagnosis.

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Steven (Steve) A. Escoboza is president and CEO of the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, a nonprofit trade association representing hospitals and health systems. Escoboza participates in the California Healthcare Association's Executive Management Group, attends meetings of the American Hospital Association Region Nine Policy Board and serves on the Conference of Metropolitan Hospitals Association Board. Locally, Escoboza is active on a number of state and local health-related boards and committees.

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Peter Aufsesser is founder and director of the Fitness Clinic for Individuals with Disabilities at SDSU and a professor of exercise and nutritional sciences. The fitness clinic helps people with both temporary and permanent physical disabilities to improve their flexibility, strength, endurance and overall health. More than 600 clients with physical disabilities have benefited from the low-cost fitness services, and more than 1,600 SDSU students have benefited from hands-on experience working with people with disabilities.

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Dr. Lawrence Friedman is the director of the Department of Medicine at UC San Diego. He has been a board-certified internist and has been chief of the division of adolescent medicine at the University of California, San Diego since 1994. Friedman completed his residency and fellowships at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Children's Hospital in Boston. He remained in Boston as a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty, practicing internal and adolescent medicine, until moving to San Diego in 1994.

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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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