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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.

Dominic Liam Gliko, 20, discusses the challenges he faced as an adolescent wrestling with his sexuality, including attempts at suicide. Born female, Gliko ultimately decided to become a man.

D Gregory Smith, a Bozeman-based licensed mental health counselor and executive director of AIDS Outreach, discusses the inner struggles he battled as a gay Catholic priest.  JAMES WOODCOCK

Being LGBT is not a risk factor for suicide, but the stressors they encounter, like discrimination and harassment, are directly associated with suicidal behavior. The challenge of being an LGBT youth is compounded in mostly rural Montana, where there are few places for "different" people to belong.

Driver Calvin Woodard opens his van door for Carmel Neal.

Calvin Woodard and his white van are a lifeline for those who are unable or unwilling to keep important medical appointments. 'He has a rapport sometimes that we can't have,' says a nurse practitioner.

D Gregory Smith visits with Pope John Paul II in Rome on April 12, 1991 just moments before introducing his parents. Smith and his parents met the Pope at the Clementine Chapel in the Vatican.

Montana native D Gregory Smith felt alone, helpless and suicidal as a teen about feelings for other young men. He became a priest hoping to turn off his sexuality, but ultimately decided to come out as a gay man. He now counsels LGBT high school and college students and gay men.

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.

A Wisconsin State Journal series on the state's dismal record of serious disciplinary actions against bad doctors, including ones that seriously harm or kill patients, leads to improvements.

Paul Whiting talks about his former wife Dorothy's suicide. She took her life on April 12, 1997.

Suicide survivors, those left behind after a loved one kills himself or herself, discuss dealing with the tragedy and how its stigma needs to be overcome.

Health impact assessments (HIAs) are behind an emerging idea that public transportation — or even a state park — can be part of a prescription for good health.

Before the next chicken-processing plant is built in southern Delaware, or prior to approving 200 new homes in the next town over, some health experts say it makes sense to pause for a moment and evaluate the overall impact on a community.

Daniela Gonzalez, 6, of San Leandro, Calif., practices using her spacer and inhaler to treat her asthma on the Breath Mobile Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in San Leandro. (Alison Yin/For Bay Area News Group) ( Alison Yin )

The Breathmobile, an asthma clinic on wheels, helps hundreds of California schoolchildren receive the help they need to stave off trips to the hospital.

Sofía Ramírez abraza a su hijo Óscar Ramírez mientras juega con su padre y un pequeño juguete en su casa de Dallas. La familia Ramírez ha lidiado con una serie de retos para atender a su hijo, quien fue diagnosticado con autismo. | BEN TORRES/ESPECIAL PARA AL DÍA

Ana Azpurua produced this project on Autism in Hispanics for Al Dia as part of a 2012 National Health Journalism Fellowship. 

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