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As part of the Center for Health Journalism Fellowship, journalists work with a senior fellow to develop a special project. Recent projects have examined health disparities by ZIP code in the San Francisco Bay Area, anxiety disorders and depression in the Hispanic immigrant community in Washington state, and the importance of foreign-born doctors to health care in rural communities.

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State data show a record number of people experiencing a mental health crisis are waiting in jails for beds in state hospitals that don’t have enough staff to operate at capacity.
An empty wheelchair is seen in the hallway at Texas Vista Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, on Oct. 26, 2021.
The project's investigative journalism has made an impact. Bexar County, for example, is using maps created for the series to change its approach.
Josie Norris / San Antonio Express-News
In the southern part of the city, options for hospitals, medical specialists and surgical centers are limited. Those in the industry say there’s little motivation to change that.
Iyana Spruell points to her cousin Sterling Ulrich in a photo of them as teens in Merced, outside her home in San Francisco's Te
About 400 unhoused people stay at Hotel Whitcomb, and many deal with substance use disorders. That means staff who work at the hotel are fighting to keep guests alive.
May 28 Health Fair
Building on Express-News Reporter Laura Garcia's in-depth series on health care disparities in San Antonio, she will engage a panel of experts in a frank discussion about such inequities on the South Side, as well as solutions.
This project is supported by a grant from USC Annenberg’s Center for Health Journalism 2022 California Impact Fund.
This project is supported by a grant from USC Annenberg’s Center for Health Journalism 2022 California Impact Fund.
Tiana Warriner looks at a comic strip her daughter, Sophia, 9, drew, featuring their two new kittens as action heroes as her son
In half of all cases in Maine in which a child is removed from the home, an Office of Child and Family Services investigation identified the parent or caregiver's substance use a risk factor.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff receives his COVID-19 vaccination Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 at University Hospital from medical a
Bexar County will hire a county public health director and other core staff as part of an initiative to revamp health care in fast-growing outlying areas of the community, filling gaps in service that he said were revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tony Alcala, principal of Galveston Elementary School, listens to a group of fourth graders during recess at Galveston Elementar
The achievement gap has long been a public education concern. Now the pandemic has widened it even more.

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