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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.
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The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that approximately one in five state jail prisoners have a recent history of a mental health condition. Jail health care officials say that it's one in four in Tulare County. A mental health court is trying to change that.
Judy Kunes, an LPN and volunteer at the 9th Street Free Clinic in McKeesport, measures the blood pressure of Nathan Hite, a former McKeesport firefighter experiencing shoulder and hip pain, on May 15, 2014.
A free clinic in Pennsylvania was hoping that the Affordable Care Act would lower demand for its services. But there remains a huge need from those who still lack coverage, according to clinic founder Dr. Bill Markle. "We’ll be here for the foreseeable future.”
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Myrtis Henderson is one of many patients who fall into a yawning gap in the health safety net. Many such patients need specialty care but are unable to get it because they don't have insurance or have inadequate insurance. Specialists won't accept them, or they can't pay upfront for the visit.
On a 105 degree day, kids play in the San Joaquin River as part of River Camp. Ezra David Romero Valley Public Radio
More than 200 kids attended camp on the San Joaquin River this summer in the Central Valley. Three years ago, a local trust started the camp in Firebaugh with the goal of changing the perception of the river and the health of the community.
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When Jeannette South-Paul, a nationally known advocate for the underserved, came to the University of Pittsburgh in 2001 and wanted to establish a federally qualified health center, she sought out the person who knew more about them than anyone in town.
It's been more than 10 years since Susan's adult son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. The journey to treatment has been anything but easy, but Susan has worked tirelessly to get back the son she once allowed to walk away. She calls her son her "rescued treasure."
The Bakersfield office of Dr. Robert Tupac. (Photo by Felix Adamo / The Californian)
Over a span of three decades in courthouses across Southern California, more than a dozen dental malpractice lawsuits have been filed against Bakersfield prosthodontist Robert Tupac in courthouses across Southern California. The allegations are extensive.
(Photo by Irina Patrascu via Flickr)
In the most severe cases of complaints against dentists, the Dental Board of California to the California Office of the Attorney General to file an accusation against a dentist on the board's behalf. That's what happened in the case of Dr. Robert Tupac.
Braddock Mayor John Fetterman stands near the former site of the borough's sole hospital.
More than a quarter of the hospitals in the Pittsburgh area have closed since 2000, drastically reducing the amount of charitable care available to the poor. Where are they getting care?
The Bakersfield office of Dr. Robert Tupac. (Photo by Felix Adamo / The Californian)
Over three decades, more than a dozen patients have claimed that one dentist’s shoddy work left them with issues varying from excessive drooling to ill-fitting teeth. Meanwhile, state dental regulators have done little.



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