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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.

As the Northside residents of Spartanburg, S.C., work to make their community healthy, plans include additional sidewalks as well as new grocery stores and restaurants.

Roy Lawrence, 49, of Los Angeles was diagnosed with cataracts at the To Help Everyone (T.H.E.) Clinic in January 2012, but he has waited nearly a year for eye surgery.

Doctors say it will be virtually impossible to keep low-income patients with significant problems healthy and out of hospitals -- part of new government mandates under health reform and a linchpin for reducing medical spending -- without timely access to a specialist.

Globeville, CO, residents who won a legal battle 20-years ago against the owner of a smelter that polluted their neighborhoods are still waiting for the clean-up to be completed.

Carlos Sanchez ignored his diabetes for 15 years and failed to take his medication. It wound up costing him part of a leg. Here, he plays catch with his nephew outside his brother's home in South Los Angeles.

Patients come each month to the To Help Everyone (T.H.E.) Clinic, hoping to finally gain the upper hand on their diabetes, a disease wreaking havoc on their bodies — and their community.

The Globeville area of Denver once attracted immigrants from around the world to work the dangerous smelter jobs, and at the adjoining rail yards, and the meatpacking operations that came later. It's now hoping to clean up its environment and experience a renaissance of reconstruction and rebirth.

East End residents want to improve the health in their community. Their key priorities are parental involvement, workforce development, and mental health and well-being.

Doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants at community clinics work long hours treating multitudes of patients, who often have more than one chronic illness.

Northside redevelopment
Northside: Story of the mill village is a familiar one

Spartanburg, S.C., began as a bustling mill town, but parts of the city went downhill after drug dealers infiltrated some neighborhoods. Now the rebirth of the Northside is creating an opportunity for new life.

Both socioeconomic and public health cases can be made for dismantling the projects. People who live in Richmond, Va.'s, public housing for the duration of their lives are more likely to develop more illness and die younger than residents of other neighborhoods in the region.

Northside neighborhood

A Spartanburg, S.C., neighborhood once known primarily as a hotbed for violence and crime is now the home of a medical college and has attracted the attention of city officials, philanthropists and even a group connected to billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

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