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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.
Lori Robinson and her husband, Ollie Johnson (Photo courtesy of Lori Robinson)
Eight years after journalist Lori Robinson was raped by two men, she published a guidebook for African American survivors of sexual assault and abuse. Since the attack, she has moved on to enjoy a happy, fulfilling life. But on that night 20 years ago, she didn’t know how, or if, she would recover.
The newly Republican-controlled Congress isn’t wasting time to take sharp aim at President Barack Obama’s health reform law. Here’s a look at the top bills, lawsuits and debates that could mean major changes.
As hundreds of thousands of residents across the region put new health care benefits to the test, doctors and hospitals are reporting a mixed bag of gains and growing pains.
Raymond McElfers has his throat examined by his doctor. Photo: Emily Maxwell | WCPO
In Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky, more than 85,600 residents have enrolled into the new Medicaid benefits in the last year. The expansion has been a boon for community health centers and safety net providers that for decades have discounted care or forgone payments from uninsured patients.
The Barney family of Milford, Ohio. Photo: Lisa Bernard-Kuhn | WCPO
Larry Keller doesn’t mince words when it comes to how he feels about the country’s health law. “A typical Cincinnati conservative would rather slit his wrists than consider a so-called Obamacare policy," he said. "But no exaggeration, I wouldn't be here if it weren't for the Healthcare.gov website."
With temperatures regularly plummeting below zero during the winter months, Anchorage may be the worst place in the United States to be homeless. KTUU set out to find out how the homeless cope.
Lexington resident Jennifer Gaines renews her enrollment at a Kynect store in Fayette Mall. Photo: Emily Maxwell | WCPO
Rachel Hill has her diabetes under control after two years of not having insurance. Larry Keller is cancer free after a life-saving surgery, made possible by new insurance coverage. But a glut of new consumers now covered by Medicaid are waiting as much as four months before seeing a doctor.
About 80 percent of rapes happen between people of the same race. For black women survivors whose assailants are also black, cultural codes can make it difficult to speak out.
Elena Hernandez holds her 6-week-old son Angel Jiminez as they wait for the doctor. The Center for Health Education, Medicine, & Dentistry (CHEMED) provides primary health care, including internal medicine, pediatrics, women's health, behavioral health, dentistry and speciality care. CHEMED opened in February 2008. (Patti Sapone | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
New Jersey was one of 28 states that opted to accept federal money to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. That expansion has added almost 400,000 people to the public health insurance program - without necessarily adding more doctors to see them.
Simone Oliver had always been called, as they say in the religious community. She was active in the Baptist church throughout her youth, playing piano for the youth choir and even ghostwriting sermons for several pastors as a teen.

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