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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.
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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Four decades after the passage of the Clean Water Act, regulators haven’t kept up with the pollution pressure that growing populations put on America’s shorelines. And that has major implications for the health of those communities who depend on these ecosystems.
In an era before government and private insurance, local doctors routinely charged their wealthy patients more and their poor patients less. This informal sliding scale allowed them to offer charity care. (Millburn-Short Hills Historical)
In the era before modern surgery and antibiotics, care for all but the very elite was provided by unschooled healers such as midwives, "bone-setters," and apothecaries. Their fees were low, and many would barter their services for crops or food.
Tiffany Perry, a child of rape, says that there are no services targeted to people conceived through sexual assault. (Photo by Tiffany Perry)
The first time Tiffany Perry learned about her conception, she was too innocent to fully understand the gentle explanation her mother was offering, too young to process it. Since then, Perry has found a lack of services targeting those conceived through sexual assault.
Ron Correll does physical therapy for his knee after ACL surgery, on a exercise bike at Dublin Physical Therapy on Dec. 18, 2014. (Jim Stevens/Bay Area News Group)
One year into the explosive, health law-induced growth of Medi-Cal, it appears one of the most alarming predictions of critics is coming true: The supply of doctors hasn't kept up with demand.
Pediatric neurologist Catherine Mazzola talks with one of her patients, Kayley Lancaster, whose parents have private insurance. The doctor does see Medicaid patients, but complained it took her staff nine months to complete the paperwork to get her on their rolls. (Robert Sciarrino)
New Jerseyans covered by Medicaid report it's sometimes difficult to find doctors — particularly specialists — who will accept its insurance plans. Here are some tips, gathered from doctors, physician practice administrators and other patients.
Catherine Mazzola examines 7-year-old Diego Giraldo, one of her Medicaid patients. (Robert Sciarrino | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
New Jersey's health care safety net for poor families was strained even before the ACA offered states money to expand Medicaid. The rate it pays doctors is among the lowest of any state in the nation. That can make it hard for patients to get the timely care they need.
Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, is hitting older communities such as Southwest Florida hard, overwhelming retirement savings and loading more costs onto the region's already strained medical system, a five-month News-Press investigation found.

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