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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.
(L-R) SDEIA members Hashem Saeed,  Ahmed Alwahaishi, Mohamed Saleh, Mohamed Ahmed, Abdo Bapacker and Zouher Abdel-Hak met with The Arab American News on Nov. 15  to discuss the four lawsuits the organization has initiated involving Severstal.
In May, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality issued a controversial emissions permit to Severstal, a steel company located in the southern end of Dearborn, where sulfur dioxide levels have exceeded state and federal standards.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) chairs the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. At a hearing Wednesday, Dec. 3, Sanders wanted to know why new hepatitis C drugs cost so much and how the VA was going to pay for them. Credit Screenshot of live stream of hearing
Hep C is three times more prevalent among veterans than in the general population. The Veterans Health Administration's hepatitis C screening and treatment program is struggling to pay for new treatments – and the rising number of veterans who need them.
Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times Patient Maniben Bhakta, left, and daughter-in-law Lara Bhakta confer with Dr. Ferguson -- "Dr Earl" -- at the Southern Inyo Hospital clinic in Lone Pine.
Citing successes using cellphones to monitor health in remote corners of Africa and Asia, where mobile networks can be easier to come by than landlines, many people hope mobile technology can bolster the health of rural Americans. But challenges abound.
 St. Mary’s church on the Bad River reservation in Wisconsin on a rainy fall day.  Mary Annette Pember
At the Sister School on the Bad River reservation in Wisconsin, life was harsh and often brutal. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know about the trauma my relatives endured there; although they aren’t my direct experiences, their stories have always been with me.
(Photo: Photos by Clarence Tabb Jr. / The Detroit News)
A Detroit News analysis of Michigan Department of Community Health data found an average of five children die annually of asthma in the city, including nine in 2006 and eight in 2007. But promising projects are underway to combat childhood asthma in Detroit, such as home visits by asthma educators.
Old photo of children at St. Mary’s Indian boarding school. Mary Annette Pember
The play "The Great Hurt" was written by retired artist and St. Scholastica College faculty member Carl Gawboy of the Bois Forte Band of Minnesota Chippewa. It contains eyewitness accounts, both historic and contemporary, of the Indian boarding school experience.
Students at Little Flowers Child Development Center laugh and play during a morning on the playground. Some of the children who attend the Baltimore school are exposed to violence in their neighborhood - an exposure scientists increasingly realize can cause health impacts. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun)
For more than a year, Baltimore Sun reporter Andrea K. McDaniels and photographer Lloyd Fox have examined the unseen impact of violence — on children, caregivers and victims’ relatives.
Qiana Sago of Inglewood says the smartphone app that kept track of her diet and activity level helped keep her honest. "You can't cheat. The phone showed that you did the work. It kept track every time you moved." (Francine Orr)
Researchers and advocates for underserved, hard-to-reach patient groups are betting that health programs on mobile phones will soon usher in major advances in the treatment of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions.
Leaburn Alexander works two jobs and does not have health insurance. It takes him three hours to commute home from the job he works as an overnight hotel janitor. Lisa Morehouse/KQED
Millions of Californians still don't have health insurance. Undocumented people don't qualify for Obamacare benefits, and many others still find coverage too expensive. Leaburn Alexander, a 53-year-old night janitor at a hotel near San Francisco International Airport, is among the latter.
First detained at the age of 12 for stealing beef jerky, Ashley Drake, now 22, is struggling to escape the juvenile hall-to-prison pipeline that inordinately impacts psychologically troubled youth.  PHOTO BY STEVEN CHEA
Why do children with serious mental-health issues end up in juvenile hall instead of a doctor’s office? In Sacramento, probation officials are searching for community partners outside of juvenile hall to intercept mentally ill kids, but options are few for the toughest cases.

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