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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.

Marian DeVeaux, left, and Dick Seely challenged each other with 10 push ups near the end of their two-mile wellness walk around Fairfield Court and the surrounding neighborhood. They and others signed up for the walk through the Fairfield Court Resource Center. James Wallace

Richmond, Va.'s, communities differ vastly in the resources available for residents to pursue good health, and the result is a 12-year or more gap in average life expectancy in neighborhoods just miles apart.

Dr. Sheldon Wasserman, center, chairman of the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board, talks with Tom Ryan, right, executive director of the board. On the left are board members Jude Genereaux and Dr. Gene Musser. The 13-member board, appointed by the governor, includes 10 doctors and three public members. M.P. King

The budget for Wisconsin's medical board appears to be smaller than for boards in other states. It's one of several factors that limit the board, its leaders say.

Many families in Detroit must cope with the slaying of a family member. Marcel Jackson was killed while working as a security guard, leaving behind, from left, Tarik, 13; wife Hollie holding Aaliyah, 2; Jala, 16; Najidah, 18; Tamia, 13; and Gwendolyn, 7. (Photos by Max Ortiz / The Detroit News)

Living in unsafe or poor neighborhoods can be stressful for children — stress that for some children is compounded by trauma. Early intervention is the key to minimizing the long-term impacts of chronic stress or trauma on children’s health.

What’s the answer for dealing with past, present and potential safety problems in Rubbertown? Kick out the industry? Move the people? Find some middle ground where everyone can coexist? Is it even possible to coexist?

Dan Nelson and his mother, Jean, talk about his medical problems at his home in New Munster. Nelson was hospitalized after a motorcycle accident in 2000, and Dr. Lorraine Novich-Welter had trouble clearing a clog in his tracheotomy tube, depriving him of oxygen. A jury found Novich-Welter negligent, but the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board didn’t discipline her.

Ken Plants had back and leg pain on his right side from a work injury. After Dr. Cully White operated on him, Plants woke up in even more pain because something had gone terribly wrong.

Alice Randall is the author of Ada's Rules, a novel about an African-American woman's weight loss journey. / John Partipilo / The Tennessean

Experts debate whether fast food trumps soul food as a contributing factor to diabetes in the south.

Wisconsin has long ranked near the bottom of states in taking serious actions against doctors, according to Public Citizen. In the group's latest report, the state ranked 46th, up from 49th the previous three years.

Start your car. See that puff from the tailpipe in your rear-view mirror? Benzene, butadiene, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide. Louisville communities burdened by pollution on the West End also face emissions from local traffic.

Greg Giornelli, president and CEO of Purpose Built Communities, addresses a crowd in East Lake, Atlanta. Behind him is the golf course adjacent to the Drew Charter School and East Lake Village apartments, a mixed-income neighborhood that Spartanburg leaders are hoping to use as a template as they plan and engage residents in a massive redevelopment of the Northside neighborhood.

The late Hugh Chapman, a Spartanburg, S.C. native, was involved in the transformation of East Lake Meadows in Atlanta over a decade ago. His influence is being felt as the Northside area of his hometown gets rebuilt.

Spartanburg's County Council plans for 2013 include a transformation of the once crime-ridden Northside community at the top of the list.



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