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California Health Equity Impact Fund

Date and Time: Monday, January 16, 2023 to Friday, June 16, 2023 for this virtual program

Our California Health Equity Impact Fund is designed for journalists who think big and want to make a difference by bringing untold stories to light about the systemic issues that stand in the way of good health for California families and communities. Supported with a generous grant and five months of professional mentorship, participating reporters can expect to conclude this program producing a substantial investigative or explanatory project.

This program advances the Center for Health Journalism's Impact Reporting model, which marries powerful narratives, data and community engagement to serve as a catalyst for change. Through their reporting, past grantees have changed the conversation about under-covered health issues, sparking new policies, practices and laws in their communities. 

We encourage interested journalists to reach out to us ahead of time to discuss their project idea. To set up an appointment with our outreach consultant, please fill out this quick form

Learn more about eligibility, the application process and types of projects we support.

Grantees receive: 

  • A $2,000-$10,000 grant to help with reporting costs

  • Five months of professional mentorship from a veteran journalist

  • Monthly online development and brainstorming sessions with other reporters in their class

Grantees also are eligible to apply for five months of professional mentorship in engaged journalism and $1,000-$2,000 to support those creative efforts.

Interested in applying? Fill out our application and we'll be in touch. 

Click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions. Don’t see your question answered there? Reach out to us directly:


This program is generously supported by The California Wellness Foundation.


The Center for Health Journalism’s 2023 National Fellowship will provide $2,000 to $10,000 reporting grants, five months of mentoring from a veteran journalist, and a week of intensive training at USC Annenberg in Los Angeles from July 16-20. Click here for more information and the application form, due May 5.

The Center for Health Journalism’s 2023 Symposium on Domestic Violence provides reporters with a roadmap for covering this public health epidemic with nuance and sensitivity. The next session will be offered virtually on Friday, March 31. Journalists attending the symposium will be eligible to apply for a reporting grant of $2,000 to $10,000 from our Domestic Violence Impact Reporting Fund. Find more info here!


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