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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.

Norma Vargas uses multiple medications to manage her severe asthma, which she developed while growing up in a San Joaquin Valley
Long-term exposure to the particulate matter released by open agricultural burning has been associated with a suite of health problems, and the communities most affected are majority-Latino.
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District office in Fresno.
Nearly two decades of postponing a ban on burning have left clean air advocates dubious that local air regulators will follow through.
The San Joaquin Valley is the only region in the country to be out of compliance with 1997 federal air quality standards.
Clean air advocates hope the EPA will step in to strengthen regulations of polluting industries.
A political fight in the Sacramento legislature resulted in a loophole that allowed ag burning to continue.
A California senator set out to ban agricultural burning in the San Joaquin Valley nearly 20 years ago. What happened?
Dennis Hutson, who farms 60 acres in Allensworth, is one of many small farmers who worry they won’t be able to afford alternativ
Even with $220 million in financial incentives, growers are wondering how they’ll afford whole orchard recycling in the long term – especially small farmers, who have fewer resources to begin with.
Regulators promote chipping or grinding agricultural debris like branches and whole trees using heavy equipment as the primary a
In their new plan to ban agricultural burning, air regulators are using outreach and financial incentives to convince growers to adopt an alternative known as whole orchard recycling.
Honolulu Civil Beat
One in five Indigenous Chamorros in the Northern Mariana Islands has diabetes, and the demand for dialysis is growing. But the only dialysis centers are on the capital island of Saipan.
Rachel Janis, 22, is among the third generation of Indian boarding-school survivors on the Rosebud Indian Reservation helping to
The third in a three-part series following intergenerational impacts the United States’ nearly 200 year policy of Indian boarding schools had, and continues to have, on some tribal members on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota today.
Bing Salanga sits in the hair salon where she’s worked for 29 years in Garapan, Saipan.
Patients who hadn’t sought health care in years flocked to clinics when a temporary pandemic program expanded Medicaid access to the commonwealth’s guest worker population.
The $739 billion Inflation Reduction Act signed into law this month includes $1.5 billion for urban forestry, a massive investment intended to make cities more green and more resilient to increasing heat due to climate change.

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