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The National Health Journalism Fellowships offer journalists from around the country an opportunity to explore the intersection between community health, health policy and the nation's.

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The Center for Ecoliteracy is a public foundation that supports a grantmaking program for educational organizations and school communities, primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dedicated to education for sustainable living, the center's philosophy is that societies do not need to invent sustainable human communities. They can learn from societies that have lived sustainably for centuries. They can also model communities after nature's ecosystems, which are sustainable communities of plants, animals and microorganisms.

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Dr. Susan Fernyak is deputy health officer for San Francisco and director of the Department of Public Health's Communicable Disease Control and Prevention section. Her section is responsible for epidemiology, surveillance and disease control, immunization programs and bioterrorism preparedness and response. As director, she has managed San Francisco's smallpox vaccination program and the city and county's response to SARS.

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As director of administration and finance for On Lok, Inc., Ms. Sue Wong serves as the chief financial officer for the On Lok family of nonprofit corporations. On Lok SeniorHealth is a comprehensive health plan serving frail seniors who live in San Francisco and Fremont. This program provides an alternative when nursing home care and placement seem necessary. Ms. Wong is responsible for the overall management of personnel, administrative, and plant functions for all the On Lok corporations.

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Sister Virgnia King is health director for Sisters of the Presentation in San Francisco, an outreach organization that works directly with the poor and with nonprofit agencies to alleviate suffering and build a more just world. Presentation Associates are Catholic women and men committed to spreading the teachings of Jesus Christ.

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Dr. Sandra R. Hernandez is chief executive officer of the San Francisco Foundation. Prior to becoming CEO of the Foundation, she served as the director of public health for the city and county of San Francisco. She is an assistant clinical professor at the UCSF School of Medicine and maintains an active clinical practice at San Francisco General Hospital in the AIDS clinic. Dr.

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Roger Doughty is executive director of Horizons Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through grant-making, strengthening of LGBT organizations and leadership, and increasing philanthropic giving. Doughty was most recently the executive director of Horizons Community Services in Chicago, the Midwest's largest LGBT social service and advocacy organization. During his tenure, Doughty led the organization's expansion into the Chicago LGBT Community Center.

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Robert M. Veatch, Ph.D., is Professor of Medical Ethics and the former Director of the Kennedy Institue of Ethics at Georgetown University. He also holds appointments as Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical Center. He is the Senior Editor of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal and a former member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Patricia Erwin is program manager for Newcomers Health Program, a clinic-based, community health program serving refugees and immigrants in San Francisco since the late 1970s. Newcomers Health Program is run by the San Francisco Department of Public Health in collaboration with the International Institute of San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital's Refugee Medical Clinic, Bay Area Community Resources and Ocean Park Health Center. Health services are provided via community collaborations and a range of clinic- and community-based programs.

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Are you passionate about helping journalists understand and illuminate the social factors that contribute to health and health disparities at a time when COVID-19 has highlighted the costs of such inequities? Looking to play a big role in shaping journalism today in the Uited States.? The USC Center for Health Journalism seeks an enterprising and experienced journalism leader for our new position of “Manager of Projects.” 

 

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.

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