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COVID-19 pandemic has had a deadly toll at residential care facilities for the elderly, and cases and deaths dropped dramatically after mass vaccinations
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County officials helped coordinate staffing resources and frequent testing for skilled nursing workers and residents.
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A new investigate series will examine the impact of COVID-19 prevention efforts on vulnerable groups in California's Santa Barbara County.
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This article was produced as a project for the 2017 California Data Fellowship, a program of the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. 
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Patrick Hickey walked in a while back, an explosion of erudite indignation.
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Two reporters who just spent six months covering the local impacts of the Affordable Care Act in Santa Barbara County reflect on their experience and lessons learned. They tell a story of health care providers struggling to provide quality care in the midst of much uncertainty.

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The challenges of serving the uninsured population (1 in 5 residents) of Santa Barbara County are many. Noozhawk.com reporters will examine changes or new challenges the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will bring to caring for this population.

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Journalist-blogger Isabelle Walker provides an in-depth look at what happens to homeless people who get seriously ill. Where can they go to recover?

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In the past, the study of addiction has often been focused on substances — like heroin, marijuana and alcohol. But experts in the field now believe that addiction begins with the “reward circuitry” in the brain rather than the substances themselves.

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Alcoholism forced 20-year-old Amy to move away from Santa Barbara and everything she knew. She had begun drinking at age 16 and a pattern of dependence started soon after, forcing her into a succession of rehabilitation facilities before she moved to Oklahoma in an attempt to break the cycle.

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