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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.

Celso Rivas (izq.) y su esposa María Sánchez hablan con el consejero José Santander, durante la inauguración de un centro de educación especial del distrito escolar de Dallas. | BEN TORRES/ESPECIAL PARA AL DÍA

Ana Azpurua produced this project on Hispanic families affected by autism in North Texas, conducted with support from the USC Annenberg California Endowment Journalism Fellowship 2012. Other stories in this series include:
Familias enfrentan el autismo y un laberinto de barreras

Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL A sign on the Lees Lane Landfill warns of hazards.

People who grew up in Riverside Gardens tell stories about playing in the landfill—and in some cases, following the bread trucks in and scrounging the day-old bread that was thrown out there.

"We Breathe Again" tackles the reality of high suicide rates in Alaska and the prevention efforts aiming to help. The film's director says, the movie is "about serious issues, but it’s also uplifting—a healing journey."

Savitri R. Matthews, director of programs for the American Diabetes Association in Nashville, is walking proof that people can succeed in warding off the disease. Matthews used to weigh 296 pounds. Now, she weighs 138.

Louisville, Kentucky's Riverside Gardens neighborhood is surrounded on three sides by pollution. In its heyday, it was a resort community for Louisvillians who wanted a quick, close getaway from the city.

In 1973, it was discovered that Michigan Chemical had accidentally used the flame retardant chemical PBB instead of a vitamin additive for cattle feed.

Bishop Robert Edwards undergoes dialysis Friday at the DCI clinic in Madison. For many African-Americans who have diabetes, dialysis treatments are a fact of life. / George Walker IV / The Tennessean

Dialysis is lifeline for many as kidney failure in Tennessee has doubled in the last two decades.

Deonta Ridley watches TV while his grandmother, Nellie Diaz, fishes around in her purse for money so he can go to the store to get them a snack. Diaz has diabetes, and Deonta learned last year that he has elevated cholesterol and is at risk for developing diabetes. / Larry McCormack / The Tennessean

While a citywide effort promotes healthier eating and more physical activity, there is no comprehensive, coordinated campaign to target diabetes where it is most prevalent.

In the early days of Rubbertown, no job was dirtier than an entry-level post at the B.F. Goodrich plant. Workers climbed into large vats that had held the chemical vinyl chloride to clean them. Decades later, at least 26 of these men have developed cancer and died from it.

Ryan Ranalli, who served in the U.S. Army from 2001 to 2008, was deployed to Iraq during the invasion in March 2003. Ranalli, of Helena, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. He attempted to hang himself in his garage on April 8. His wife, Jamie, right, discovered him as he was making the attempt.

Iraq war veteran Ryan Ranalli says he has at least five reasons why he won’t make another suicide attempt -- his wife and four children.



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