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As part of the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship, journalists work with a senior fellow to develop a special project. Recent projects have examined health disparities by ZIP code in the San Francisco Bay Area, anxiety disorders and depression in the Hispanic immigrant community in Washington state, and the importance of foreign-born doctors to health care in rural communities.
Clifford Schmidt, 71, talks with Monongahela Valley Hospital nurse Deborah Holman during a scheduled home visit in Mon Valley.
A pilot program in Pittsburgh, Penn. that uses nurses and pharmacists to follow-up with patients after they leave the hospital has significantly lowered readmission rates, improved the health of thousands, and saved $41 million at six hospitals in its first two years alone.
Tamara Nunez at the Matrix Institute
The Affordable Care Act has made it easier to obtain drug addiction treatment services like methadone in California, but access to detox centers remains limited.
Video: Peter V. Lee, executive director of Covered California, sat down with Vida en el Valle to talk about the health insurance exchange's rollout and the lessons learned from reaching out to the Latino community.
Health advocates and supporters in the state spoke with Vida en el Valle about Covered California's performance with Latino enrollment during the health care reform rollout in the state.
A fresh start: Roseland's Alejandra Sarmiento, second from left, has helped put her family on a healthier track with fresh food and exercise.
Sonoma County is known for its posh wineries, natural beauty and upscale living. But in some parts of the county, the quality of life is lower than in Mississippi.
Not long after Covered California opened for business last October to enroll residents on the state-run health exchange, it ran into problems and headaches that were more pronounced in the state's Latino community.
Officials at La Clínica de La Raza also say that misinformation in the Latino community has hindered Obamacare sign-ups.
Obamacare and Immigration
Fears about deportation have kept many Latinos from signing up for health insurance in California. Although California has led the nation in sign-ups under the Affordable Care Act, the number of Latinos who have signed up has lagged in the state.
Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, sat down with Vida en el Valle to talk about the health insurance exchange's first-year rollout and the lessons officials have learned from reaching out to the Latino community.
Photo: Juan Villa
The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that approximately one in five state jail prisoners have a recent history of a mental health condition. Jail health care officials say that it's one in four in Tulare County. A mental health court is trying to change that.
Judy Kunes, an LPN and volunteer at the 9th Street Free Clinic in McKeesport, measures the blood pressure of Nathan Hite, a former McKeesport firefighter experiencing shoulder and hip pain, on May 15, 2014.
A free clinic in Pennsylvania was hoping that the Affordable Care Act would lower demand for its services. But there remains a huge need from those who still lack coverage, according to clinic founder Dr. Bill Markle. "We’ll be here for the foreseeable future.”



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