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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.

Paige Rosemond, Wake County Division of Child Welfare director, works from her home office in Wake Forest.
Troubled data system, loose compliance with standards, local autonomy, training and pay disparities, and resource imbalances add up to wide variation in child protection policies and outcomes across North Carolina.
All photos by Lexis-Olivier Ray for L.A. TACO.
This is the second investigative article by Lexis-Olivier Ray that was produced as a project for the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2020 Data Fellowship.
Buncombe County Health and Human Services Director Stoney Blevins sits at his desk in Asheville.
Confidentiality rules intended to protect children present challenges for investigating allegations of DSS misconduct.
L.A. TACO
This is the first investigative article that was produced by Lexis-Olivier Ray as a project for the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2020 Data Fellowship.
Brian Hogan sits outside a school in Marble on Saturday.
Rates at which local departments of social services remove children from families point to inequity and inconsistency, with extremes of very high and low levels.
CNN Newswire
That's not just a problem for Randolph County and other rural places where vaccines have been slow to take off. Lagging vaccination rates in rural areas could extend the pandemic for the entire country, according to CDC researchers.
Courtesy Catherine Rubio
Filipino Americans account for 4% of the nurses in the U.S. but about 25% of COVID-19 deaths among nurses. Some are leaving the profession.
An apartment for rent in Central Los Angeles.
Part Three focuses on a city program designed to bring illegal housing units up to code and give owners a path to legalization — and how it has fallen short of expectations.
Hahnemann Hospital windows are decorated by employees as the hospital prepares to close.
This report is part of a larger project led by WHYY’s Alan Yu and Nina Feldman as part of the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2020 Data Fellowship.
Raven Wylde and her mother Janice enjoy a visit at the Scarlet Begonia restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara on May 26.
COVID-19 pandemic has had a deadly toll at residential care facilities for the elderly, and cases and deaths dropped dramatically after mass vaccinations

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