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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.

Healthy Food for California Farm Workers

California’s Central Valley, also known as the greatest garden in the world, has by far the highest agricultural production in the country. But those who work in “the garden,” rarely benefit from the fresh fruits and vegetables they harvest.

One-third in Tulare County use Medi-Cal

Tulare County, a poor, semi-rural county in California's Central Valley, has a one-third of its population on Medi-Cal — California's version of Medicaid. This is more than any other county in the state, yet the resources to care for the Medi-Cal population are few.

Tulare County ranks 44th in doctor-to-population ratio

A look into why Tulare County, a poor, semi-rural county in California's Central Valley, has a severe lack of physicians.

“Tenemos los baños y los break rooms (cuartos de descanso de los empleados)”, respondió Perla Rodríguez, vocera de los supermercados Mi Pueblo, cuando se le preguntó si la compañía les ofrece a las empleadas que amamantan un lugar especial para extraerse la leche.

Al mencionársele que los baños no eran considerados higiénicos para tal uso y los cuartos de descanso de los trabajadores no brindaban la privacidad necesaria, sugirió que las empleadas podían entonces usar las oficinas donde se llevan a cabo las reuniones de los directivos de la empresa. Aunque aclaró que nunca se ha presentando el caso. Y dijo que todos los trabajadores reciben sus descansos.

Who will be the winners and losers amid health reform's planned expansion of Medicaid? In her reporting, Danielle Ivory finds shifting power dynamics and unexpected financial risks for insurers. 

 

School Lunches as Profit Engines

Choicelunch, one of a handful of private companies that provide school lunches in the Bay Area, has helped Havens Elementary meet parent demand for nutritious and tasty foods produced in a sustainable manner. It has also helped with another of the parents’ goals: turning the lunch program into a profit center.  

 

Largo woman breaks bad diet habits to lose 240 pounds

At 364 pounds, Dawn Walton found her breaking point, literally, when she sat down for a meet and greet at her son's kindergarten class. "I felt the chair start to break beneath me," Walton, 35, said. "I knew it would kill him if I broke that chair." She made a bargain with God that day: If the seat didn't break, she'd change her lifestyle for good.

Parents need to lead kids to healthy lifestyle

When 11-year-old Shania Lape sees an overweight classmate struggle to keep up, she's filled with sympathy. "They can't run as fast, they can't play the games at school because they're not healthy," said Shania, a fifth-grader at Kenly Elementary in Tampa. Worse yet, not being able to play with their classmates could lead to a lifetime on the sidelines for some kids.

Fast-food takes bite out of healthy eating

It's 6 p.m. You're tired and hungry. Food is the No. 1 thing on your mind.Your favorite fast-food restaurants line the roads home – McDonald's, Taco Bell, Domino's. So what's for dinner?

Making School Lunch Healthy and Tasty on a Shoestring

In the past few years, in fact, school lunch reform has become a cause célèbre in many school districts in the Bay Area as concerns mount about children’s health. And the Oakland school district, along with the West Contra Costa County Unified School District, is among the pioneers in injecting healthier food choices into their menus despite a paucity of resources and the challenges of re-educating taste buds.

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