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posted 03/20/2019
Find the people who can tell the story. Scrutinize death records. Isolate the levers that can create change.
posted 12/10/2018
In LA's Boyle Heights neighborhood, a safety net clinic says patients have come to distrust health care in the wake of President Trump's aggressive moves on illegal immigration.
posted 11/26/2018
Recent research suggests gardens and green spaces have a positive effect on nearby residents' mental health. L.A. County is embracing the strategy in Watts.
posted 10/16/2018
While California has readily embraced the Affordable Care Act, thousands of uninsured or underinsured still turn out for a mega free clinic in Los Angeles every year. Here are a few of their stories.
posted 09/20/2018
Will California keep pursuing incremental health reforms or make a push for single-payer?
posted 07/30/2018
“When you're dealing with people who are not used to dealing with the media, we have a responsibility to protect them from themselves,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's James Causey said.
posted 07/27/2018
They analyzed chipped paint in old homes, hunted down landlords, begged families to speak with them, and even got down on their hands and knees to collect contaminated soil.
posted 07/26/2018
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.
posted 07/25/2018
At one of the busiest public hospitals in the nation, doctors are making a big push to better address the underlying forces shaping health.

Susan Abram's Blog

Even when sick, immigrant workers often feel like they have no choice but to show up at the job —... more »
posted 10/12/20
After coming out as gay or transgender, many young people are cut off from friends during the... more »
posted 09/28/20
“It's overwhelming,” one diaper bank director said. “We're trying to do the best we can.” more »
posted 08/18/20

Susan Abram's Work

The tide of ER visits rose in Southern California after Obamacare became law, growing about 27 percent from 2010 to 2016.
One solution to allay the high numbers may be a pilot project the Los Angeles County Fire Department is trying out: a “health care on wheels.”
A Los Angeles County Fire Department pilot project is testing out a a mobile integrated health care unit. The goal is to see if a “healthcare on wheels” model can help alleviate crowded emergency departments