Skip to main content.

Santa Maria

Picture of Laura Place
"If everybody in this community were vaccinated, we would have one person in the ICU. One," Marian Regional pulmonologist Zacharia Reagle said.
Picture of Laura Place
As COVID-19 spread through Santa Maria in early 2020, basic information about preventive measures failed to reach much of the population.
Picture of Laura Place
Crowded homes creating the perfect environment for COVID-19 cases to spread like wildfire in Santa Maria, an epicenter for the virus in Santa Barbara County.
Picture of Laura Place
Communication and cultural barriers speed spread of the virus in one Central California community.
Picture of Laura Place
For Latino residents living in multigenerational households, many of whom couldn't work from home, the situation spelled a potential death sentence.


This year saw a scorcher of a summer, the hottest on record. Worse, it could be the coldest summer we’ll see in our lifetimes. In this webinar, we’ll glean lessons and insights from a yearlong Los Angeles Times investigation into extreme heat. We’ll also identify gaps in state and federal tracking efforts, and outline policy changes that could help. Sign-up here!

The USC Center for Health Journalism's Impact Funds provide reporting support — funding and mentoring — to journalists who think big and want to make a difference. 

Apply today for our National Impact Fund for reporting on health equity and health systems across the country. 

Apply today for our California Impact Fund for reporting that brings untold stories to light in the Golden State. 


Follow Us



CHJ Icon