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The Connection between Place and Health: Resources for Reporters and Bloggers

Is geography destiny? At today’s Community Health and the Blogosphere conference (Twitter hashtag #uscbloggercon), participants wanted to know more about the ways in which where you live affects your health. If you’re interested in learning more for your reporting or blogging, here are some resources from ReportingonHealth and beyond.

A Different Kind of Health Summit

Against the backdrop of today's televised health care summit in Washington, D.C., a Los Angeles gathering is discussing health in their communities from a decidedly different angle.

"When people think of health, they frequently think of medicine," said Michelle Levander, director of The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, which convened the event. "But we encourage you think of health  from a different standpoint, from the perspective of broader community well being."

Diabetes and Schoolchildren: Could new California legislation end a turf war?

A new proposed bill allowing school employees to provide insulin injections to schoolchildren with diabetes is worth watching as it makes its way through the California legislature. AB1802 was introduced Feb. 10 by Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D—Compton). Advocates for children with diabetes are rallying behind it.

Medical Marijuana as A Workers Comp Treatment: Seriously?

Could medical marijuana really become a government-approved treatment for workers injured on the job?

Now that a California court has left the door open for that possibility, some experts think it’s only a matter of time. Which raises the specter of all kinds of interesting dilemmas for workers and employers: what if an injured employee uses medical marijuana approved by his or her worker’s comp doctor – and then fails a drug test?

Counties and the Health Care Safety Net: Shocking Secrets Revealed!

Many journalists trying to cover their county’s safety-net health care system find it confusing at first, what with its alphabet soup of DSH payments, FQHC and CHC clinics, SNCP funds and MISP programs.

Brains around the World: New Thinking on Mental Health Disparities

Some new research and reporting on global mental health and mental health disparities has me thinking about these topics in a new way. This is the kind of context that can add more nuance and sophistication to your reporting on mental health, particularly in ethnic minority and immigrant communities, so read on:

Deep Impact, 2010: Budget Cuts for California Health Programs

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed 2010-2011 state budget, released Jan. 8, met with the usual outrage from the state’s Democratic leaders for its dramatic cuts to health and social safety net programs. California Healthline offers a nice round-up of the media coverage here.

Bringing Health Reform Home: Consumer Protections In Your State

A few recent stories on how health reform might affect Californians are worth your time: The Los Angeles Times' Lisa Girion's  Dec. 18 story and Nov. 16 article on the implications of less-stringent federal consumer protections for Californians, who now enjoy greater protections.

Mammograms: Ideas for Follow-up Stories

The change in U.S. mammogram screening guidelines is certainly big news, and it's not a one-day story. The obvious conflict is the disagreement between some major medical organizations and the United States Preventive Services Task Force, which is now recommending that women get their first mammogram at age 50, rather than 40 as previously recommended.

Health Reform: Must-Read Blogs

If you're trying to stay on top of the health reform debate and don't have time to scroll through thousands of Google News hits, here's a handy guide to some leading blogs that do it for you and offer great analysis to boot.

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