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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.

Through video interviews, teenagers expand scope of Noozhawk's project and discover they have their own stories to tell

Santa Barbara Teen News Network aims to provide “accessible and community-based performing arts programs, dedicated to developing passion, communication and performing arts leadership in the youth of (Santa Barbara)."

Santa Barbara County autopsy reports show that, whether intentional or accidental, teens and adults are most often abusing multiple drugs

As Santa Barbara County confronts a growing challenge from drug abuse, fatal overdoses from prescription medications are creeping ever higher, forcing authorities to revise the ways they track the trends.

Longtime emergency room physician calls for students, young people to practice common sense

This article was written by Noozhawk Intern Tim Fucci as part of Day 4 in Noozhawk’s 12-day, six-week special investigative series. Related links are below.

46-year-old Cliff Detty had been diagnosed with mental illness but father wonders whether drugs also played a fateful role

Looking back, Rich Detty can’t say for sure whether his son, Cliff, was addicted to prescription medications. The drug abuse question and the true condition of his son’s mental illness still haunt him.

Abuse counselor driven by her past to help others with their future

Donna Genera says bartenders are therapists without degrees. As a former bartender and drug dealer herself, Genera’s work is informed by her years on the supply side of addiction.

Risk factors include genetic tendencies, adaptation and brain circuitry — and are all different in each of us

In the past, the study of addiction has often been focused on substances — like heroin, marijuana and alcohol. But experts in the field now believe that addiction begins with the “reward circuitry” in the brain rather than the substances themselves.

A formerly sickly child, West Virginia's top health official finds himself in the position to affect the health of more than 400,000 West Virginians enrolled in Medicaid, DHHR's biggest program.

Community Is Torn Over Expansion of Oil Refinery

Journalist Kari Lydersen examines the environmental health impacts of a large oil refinery's expansion to process tar sands oil.

The only place 13-year-old Jordan Torres seemed to find comfort was in his darkened bedroom. He remembers feeling the same way, and not knowing why, when he was much younger, just 6 or 7 years old.

BP owns the century-old Standard Oil refinery, the largest in the United States. Residents of the Whiting, Ind., area are especially concerned about their health now that the refinery is undergoing a large expansion to process more Canadian tar sands oil by 2013.



U.S. children and teens have struggled with increasing rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal behavior for much of the past decade. Join us as we explore the systemic causes and policy failures that have accelerated the crisis and its inequitable impact, as well as promising community-driven approaches and evidence-based practices. The webinar will provide fresh ideas for reporting on the mental health of youth and investigating the systems and services. Sign-up here!

The USC Center for Health Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking two Engagement Editors and a social media consultant to join its team. Learn more about the positions and apply.


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