Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times’ journalist Tina Rosenberg encouraged 2013 California Endowment Health Journalism Fellows to use their data-sleuthing skills to sniff for problems or hints of dysfunction in the numbers. But instead of looking for failure, she said to look for success.
Working as a team for NBC4 Southern California my colleague Melissa Pamer and I will take on and humanize a hot topic as part of our 2013 California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship: childhood obesity.
The community of Boyle Heights, lying just across the river from downtown Los Angeles, is almost entirely Latino. The neighborhood's history extends back through a century of planning blunders, racist policies and rapid urban development. But improvements are in progress.
No self-respecting journalist wants to swallow wholesale the exaggerated or downright false claims some nonprofits occasionally make in justifying their raison d'être. And in today’s newsrooms, most reporters don’t have the time to fully evaluate such claims.
These are nerve-wracking times for directors of California’s public hospitals and clinics. With the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid set to go into effect in early 2014, safety-net facilities could potentially find themselves losing a considerable share of their patients and revenue.
When I first began researching the issue of black maternal mortality, I was shocked to learn the high death rates among Black women dying from pregnancy-related complications across the U.S. In California, Black women are dying at four times the rate of White women from pregnancy-related causes.
A California law allows courts to order assisted outpatient treatment for people with a history of serious mental illness and violence. This raises a dilemma: Should society be able to force mentally ill individuals to get treatment, or does that amount to a infringement on their civil liberties?
Inefficiencies, profiteering, and disregard for evidence-based medicine plague our health care system, Otis Brawley of the American Cancer Society told the 2013 California Health Journalism Fellows. The coming "tsunami of chronic disease" stands to intensify the situation.
Why is the high school dropout rate in the San Joaquin Valley among the highest in the California? CapRadio will produce a documentary that tells stories of youth and adults touched by the dropout crisis with accuracy, depth, nuance and respect.