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Oxnard and surrounding Ventura County grow more than 630 million pounds of strawberries a year. The pesticides that growers depend on—a revolving roster of caustic and highly volatile chemicals called fumigants—are among the most toxic used in agriculture.

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The arrival of the Mixtec in the U.S. represents the latest demographic shift among the California’s Latino population. Public health officials and policy-makers often see Latinos as a homogenous group, but they’re far from that.

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California supplies most of the nation’s strawberries with more grown in Oxnard than in any other place in the state, according to the USDA. Many of the berries grown in this area are picked by people who face slum living conditions, back-breaking labor, pesticide exposure and limited health care.

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“Racism in medicine is a national emergency.” That’s how journalist Nicholas St. Fleur characterized the crisis facing American health care this spring, as his team at STAT embarked on “Color Code,” an eight-episode series exploring medical mistrust in communities of color across the country. In this webinar, we’ll take inspiration from their work to discuss strategies and examples for telling stories about inequities, disparities and racism in health care systems. Sign-up here!

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