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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.
Insurance agents working with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas answered questions outside of a Target in San Antonio from potential customers on Dec. 12, 2014. Veronica Zaragovia/KUT
Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the country. In the second year of the insurance marketplace, some Texas nonprofits are changing their strategy, and insurers, hospitals, and city governments are also doing more to help people enroll.
Two dancers in regalia work a Native American Professional Parent Resources outreach booth at the 2014 Gathering of Nations powwow in Albuquerque, N.M. | Courtesy Photo
Susan Ruckman reported this story as a fellow in the 2014 National Health Journalism Fellowship, a program of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Other stories in her series include: ...
Nelba Márquez-Greene, second from the right, stresses the importance of strong relationships in healing from trauma. Her daughter, Ana (right), was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. (Courtesy of the Márquez-Greene family.)
Nelba Márquez-Greene’s family experienced a high-profile trauma when her daughter, Ana, was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But before that, she understood trauma as a mental health professional. She says we need to do a better job of recognizing and responding when children need help.
Natasha Rivera-LaButhie at a press conference announcing the launch of a hub in a New Haven Stop & Shop that will offer mental health services and other assistance.
From providing mental health care at the supermarket to training pediatricians in infant mental health, some in health care and social services are trying to apply the lessons of brain science and development to prevent problems that can threaten children’s health and well-being.
Science suggests that having a secure relationship with a caregiver can help protect a child’s brain and body from the effects of adversity. A Connecticut program for very young children who have experienced trauma or other challenges has gotten results by focusing on that relationship.
To drum up business, Liberty Tax Service in Tse Bonito, New Mexico is showing a creative outreach that's meant to reach commuters after work around nearby Gallup, New Mexico. Native tax filers will be able to file their Affordable Care Act (ACA) exemption with their tax filer. The exemption to ACA defers a shared cost penalty since American Indians and Alaska Natives are allowed to opt out of the federal insurance program if they choose. Photo by Sage Garland
A one-time resident of Arizona, Stephanie Big Crow and her family now make their lives in Kenai, Alaska, 156 miles southwest of Anchorage. She is also one of the several thousand American Indians who have enrolled in federal health insurance paved by the Affordable Care Act.
Researchers measured children’s brain activity while viewing facial expressions. Children who were abused were more likely to view ambiguous faces as angry. (Courtesy of the Child Emotion Lab at the University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Research has linked exposure to abuse, neglect and other forms of severe adversity in childhood to a wide range of mental and physical diseases and disorders. Can understanding this make a profound change in the way we prevent illness?
Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun Klay Reed is a preschooler at Little Flowers Child Development Center.
A three-part series this month in The Baltimore Sun chronicled how community groups and social workers are helping kids learn to manage stress and regulate their emotions as a way to combat some side effects of living in violent neighborhoods.
Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun Children wait for their next activity at Little Flowers Child Development Center. Located in the Upton/Druid Heights neighborhood, many of the children at Little Flowers are exposed to a variety of stressors, whether inside or outside the home, including violence.
More needs to be done to address a hidden toll of violence that is creating a ripple of social ills in Baltimore, including hurting children's ability to learn, community advocates and health professionals say.

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