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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.

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Rocha Garcia’s anxiety touched on a rarely discussed reality of life in San Antonio: Your health, as well as your quality of life and opportunities, are powerfully influenced by where you live.
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Maine lawmakers and health officials realized easy access to prescription opioids was creating dependency issues and clamped down, but did not anticipate how well the illegal drug market would fill the void.
Nikole Powell’s father developed an opioid use disorder after a work injury, a dependence that traumatized his family and eventually led to his incarceration and death. His daughter is trying to break the cycle.
Drone footage of Joseph Avenue at Berlin Street shows a lack of trees and canopy in this part of Rochester
The city today recognizes the need to add tree cover in certain neighborhoods but so far there is little evidence of a concrete plan to do so.
Dr. Candice McElroy, seen March 14, is medical director at Sacopee Valley Health Center in Porter. McElroy said when she began w
Twenty years after Purdue Pharma introduced its pain medication, OxyContin, Maine lawmakers passed a bill that significantly stemmed the flow of pain pills into the state.
Sanger ISD's director of student intervention, Ann Hughes, works with students in a social skills class at the Linda Tutt Learni
A Houston Chronicle investigation found that at no point since 2013 did any Texas school district have the nationally or state recommended student-to-provider ratios in four positions that are key to providing mental health support for children — nurses, counselors, case workers and psychologists.
Mark Mulligan, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer
There are only eight kids in this class at Linda Tutt Learning Center, but the chaos erupting throughout the room and spilling into the hallway would set any teacher on edge.
Tony Alcalá, director de la Galveston Elementary School, escucha a un grupo de alumnos de cuarto grado durante el recreo en Chan
La fisura en el rendimiento ha sido una preocupación de la educación pública. Ahora la pandemia ha ampliado aún más la grieta.
Todd Papianou, a physical education teacher at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, battled years of severe pain with prescri
Like many patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain, Todd Papianou, a high school teacher from Rumford, knows the thin line between life-saving and life-destroying medication.
Keith Thompson waits to get in to the Tenderloin Linkage Center in San Francisco on Feb. 8, 2022.
The new site opened amid mounting pressure on city leaders to reduce open-air drug use and skyrocketing overdose deaths in the neighborhood.

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