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Deaths spiked in Wilmington during the pandemic — but a reporter finds it wasn't because of COVID as much as pollution-driven illnesses.
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A special edition of Health Affairs explores the long shadow of violence on health — and how public policy might respond.
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What happens when a poorer, unincorporated section of Sonoma is annexed by a wealthier neighboring city? Two editors share what they learned from telling stories of how annexation is impacting a community's health.
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The American justice system is more likely to criminalize children of color instead of understanding their behavior, a leading juvenile justice advocate told a journalists this week.
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At one of the busiest public hospitals in the nation, doctors are making a big push to better address the underlying forces shaping health.
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Bethany Barnes of The Oregonian and Erin Schumaker of Huffington Post on how they tackled ambitious series about the impact of gentrification on health and children.
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At LAC+USC Medical Center, primary care doctors now routinely ask patients about things such as food, housing and mental health, with teams of providers ready to connect them to services.
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Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Los Angeles County and they’re hitting communities of color the hardest. It's a problem that goes way beyond risky individual behaviors.
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In low-income neighborhoods beset by predatory lending and check-cashing hubs, options for building credit and savings are scarce. A credit union that opened last year seeks to change that.
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A FiveThirtyEight reporter on how she tackled an ambitious series on a huge, overlooked health crisis.

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