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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.
Kanitra Patterson, with her son Robert Jr., age 6, giving a pedicure at Highland Nails in Highland Park. Kanitra Patterson developed a serious heart condition while pregnant with Robert. Doctors said she faces a 50 percent risk of death if she developed that same condition during her current pregnancy. (David Coates / The Detroit News)
Detroit women are dying from pregnancy-related causes at a rate three times greater than for the nation. While it’s widely assumed that death in pregnancy or childbirth is an anachronism in a highly developed country, rates are actually creeping upward, in both Detroit and nationwide.
Six-year-old Jacob Portillo says he likes eating his broccoli at summer camp at Park View Recreation Center in Washington, D.C. The camp offers free lunches — funded by the USDA — to all participants and children in the community. For some, the meal fills a nutritional gap that’s crucial during the summer months when kids are out of school. Photo by Margaret Myers/NewsHour
When school ends each year, so do the free and reduced-price meals that most low-income Washington, D.C. families rely upon for basic nutrition. To fill the gap, the city's Dept. of Parks and Recreation manages more than 200 feeding sites throughout the city. The benefits go beyond nutrition.
Medical staff check on patients at the People's Community Clinic in Austin, which provides state-subsidized women's health services to low-income women, on July 15, 2014. Photo by Callie Richmond.
Texas lawmakers are looking for ways to fill the gaps in access to health care for the state’s poorest women, three years after making sharp cuts to the state’s family planning budget and rejecting a federally financed women’s health program in favor of their own.
Enrollment is not translating to a political boost. AP photos/Getty
North Carolina signed up more enrollees in Obamacare than any other red state. Yet politically, the legislation remains a huge liability for Democrats in the state. That's partly a result of enrollment organizers' attempt to keep insurance sign-ups as separate from the issue's politics as possible.
Photo by Steve R. Fujimoto/Visalia Times-Delta
In California's Tulare County, violence, drug abuse and sex offenses occur at alarmingly high rates. For young children in troubled families, the experience of such traumas can lead to poor academic performance, mental health problems, and criminal records. They often don't get the help they need.
Photos by Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio
Healthy Rivers: Will Wealthy Fresnans Block Access On The San Joaquin?
How are rivers and health linked in California's Central Valley? Ezra Romero paddles down the San Joaquin River in Fresno to discuss public access to a natural resource in a city that ranks last in the nation for access to parks and has some of the worst health disparities in the state.
Morgan Smith, a registered nurse with the Redwood Empire Food Bank Diabetes Wellness Project, conducts free diabetes screenings once a month at the Graton Day Labor Center. The center serves as a conduit between its members — many of whom are undocumented — and health organizations around the region. (Lisa Morehouse/KQED)
Up to a million undocumented immigrants in California are expected to remain uninsured after the ACA is fully implemented in 2019. One California community is trying to meet some of the unmet health needs by partnering with community health centers and hosting a physician’s assistant once a week.
Michelle Rivera, 23, reflects on her past and success in the TAY Crossroads program. (Photo by Ron Holman/Visalia Times-Delta)
Stable living environments can help those with mental health problems turn their lives around. But in California's Tulare County, health officials say all transitional housing is maxed out and patients leaving transitional facilities often have nowhere to go. Many end up in jail or on the streets.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (Photo by Todd McInturf/The Detroit News)
As The Detroit News has reported, Detroit has the highest infant mortality rate in the nation. A recently announced plan to reduce the city's high preterm birth rate will make prenatal care available to every pregnant woman in the Detroit, regardless of insurance coverage or financial status.
Alethia Carr joins other health officials to discuss lowering infant mortality rates in Detroit at the launch of a new initiative. (Bryan Mitchell / Special to The Detroit News)
In the wake of sustained reporting on infant and child mortality from The Detroit News, the city has launched a new three-year initiative to combat the problem. A Detroit News study published in January found that Detroit is the most dangerous place in America to be a child.



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