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2020 California Fellowship

Program Description: 

Unlike all previous California Fellowships, the 2019 Fellowship was held via an online platform because of the coronavirus pandemic. Taught by prize-winning journalists, community health leaders, policy analysts and healthcare experts, the 2020 California Fellowship focused on three broad themes:

  • How neighborhood life, social inequities, race, education and the environment influence health
  • Racial and ethnic health disparities
  • The impact of proposed changes in the health and social safety nets  

The Fellowship gave each Fellow a $1,000 reporting stipend to defray costs associated with ambitious reporting projects that focus on health disparities; the social determinants of health; barriers to health care access for the safety net population; domestic and/or community violence as public health problems; community conditions (e.g. environmental toxins or slum housing) that contribute to health problems; threats to the social and health safety nets, including the proposed "public charge" rule; and the promise of health care innovation. 

In addition, five California Fellows were chosen to receive a supplemental grant of $1,000 to $2,000 for community engagement, plus specialized mentoring. [Click here to learn more about our community engagement initiative, and click here for a FAQ on the engagement grants.]

During four days of online seminars, Fellows learned about new data sources, heard about effective community engagement strategies and gained new perspectives on pressing health issues.  Each Fellow and his or her editor also took part in a story conference with a Senior Fellow who will serve as a mentor for six months. Click here for a list of the 2020 California Fellows and links to their profiles.

Who Can Apply: 





Do you have a great idea for a potentially impactful reporting project on a health challenge in California?  Our 2020 Impact Fund can provide financial support and six months of mentoring.


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