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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.

Former U.S. Army Spc. Casey Elder, a veteran of the Iraq war, shows an Iraqi flag that she bought in Baghdad. Elder, a Purple Heart recipient, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. A roadside bomb struck her Humvee in Baghdad.

The 2007 suicide of an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and member of the Montana National Guard from Helena was a wake-up call for the organization.

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Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest, NARA, offers inpatient and outpatient drug treatment and a 70-bed residential program in Portland, Oregon.

Data from the Kentucky Cancer Registry. There's a significant difference in rates when the 95% confidence intervals don't overlap. Erica Peterson / WFPL

Everyone in Rubbertown knows someone with cancer. But are people in these neighborhoods actually more likely to get cancer than other Louisville residents? What role has the nearby pollution played?

Tony Van Der Meer lives along Hendry Street, which has regressed after a few years of seemingly better days. YOON S. BYUN/GLOBE STAFF

On Hendry Street, a new sense of stability is unraveling. On Norton, a gang target plans a peace festival, which police fear will only draw trouble. Nothing is easy in Bowdoin-Geneva, but no one is giving in.

Sharrona Rembert didn't consider the smells she would encounter when renting her new house several months ago, but that is all she notices now.

Gerald Iron Shield, center, and relatives participating in a Standing Rock community grieving gathering (Stephanie Woodard)

In some Native American communities in South Dakota, youngsters kill themselves at a rate at least triple the United States average.

Members of recovery programs, graduates and supporters listen as Patty Katz discusses her battle during an event celebrating recovery in Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Ore. Alton Strupp/the Courier-Journal

Research from across the nation shows that treating drug addiction reduces crime and medical expenses while boosting employment, meaning every dollar spent on treatment actually saves an average of $7.

Federal health reform will leave out California's two million undocumented immigrants, a dilemma for multi-status families like Norma Navarro's. Her 7-year-old son Angel is a citizen, but her 10-year-old daughter Aneth is not, meaning they'll have significantly different health care experiences. Photo by Brian Myers, Media Arts Center San Diego

It's difficult for Norma Navarro to explain to her children why they get different treatment -- one was born in the U.S. and the other is undocumented. With implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the gap between their treatment may continue to grow.

A scene off of Bells Lane, in Rubbertown. Erica Peterson / WFPL

Nearly eight years after Louisville, Kentucky's revolutionary program to reduce toxins in the air was officially implemented, resident Trish Lee still feels the pollution in her own backyard.

Lines for Life volunteer Lee Dakota helps substance abuse callers in Oregon by offering them options. Alton Strupp/the Courier-Journal

This organization receives more than 40,000 calls a year to its crisis lines, which guide addicts through those dark moments by connecting them with the treatment they need.

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