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Center for Health Journalism The USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism offers resources & partnerships for journalists, policy thinkers & clinicians advancing health in the US.

https://linktr.ee/ReportingOnHealth The Center for Health Journalism is an online community for people passionate about fostering great health and medical coverage of our communities. The Center for Health Journalism spurs conversations about health journalism, blogging and storytelling. It provides its members with a place to swap ideas, to showcase their work and to benefit from our reporting to

https://linktr.ee/ReportingOnHealth The Center for Health Journalism is an online community for people passionate about fostering great health and medical coverage of our communities. The Center for Health Journalism spurs conversations about health journalism, blogging and storytelling. It provides its members with a place to swap ideas, to showcase their work and to benefit from our reporting to

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Poor literacy rates are such a strong predictor of incarceration that the director of one youth justice clinic that offe...
03/24/2022
Reading through the lines: The correlation between literacy and incarceration

Poor literacy rates are such a strong predictor of incarceration that the director of one youth justice clinic that offers legal services for juveniles in North Carolina said the first thing she does when she meets a new client is read them their police records. “I just read it to them because I do not think that they can read it. Well over half of them really struggle,” she told Thompson

https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2022/03/21/reading-through-the-lines-the-correlation-between-literacy-and-incarceration/

Juvenile justice advocates see a disproportionate number of children with reading disabilities, which the pandemic shed a light on.

School-based complaints that sent students to the juvenile justice system decreased during the pandemic in North Carolin...
03/24/2022
Back to school: Advocates worry about pandemic’s impact on most vulnerable youth in the justice system

School-based complaints that sent students to the juvenile justice system decreased during the pandemic in North Carolina. Now that kids are returning to class, juvenile justice officials are gearing up for a spike in complaints.
http://ow.ly/T6il50IoKL9

School-based juvenile justice system complaints decreased when children were not in school during the pandemic, but what about now?

With kids learning at home during the pandemic, school-based juvenile justice complaints fell to about 30 percent from t...
03/23/2022
The pandemic shines a light on just how many school-related infractions end with children in the juvenile justice system

With kids learning at home during the pandemic, school-based juvenile justice complaints fell to about 30 percent from the previous year in North Carolina. One expert said the move to at-home learning allowed students to escape the justice system.
http://ow.ly/h9Zi50IoGMX

When schools shut down at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, juvenile delinquency complaints decreased. Here’s what it means — and what it doesn’t.

South Fresno was once a thriving Black neighborhood. It was segmented by redlining and freeway development and now faces...
03/22/2022
Truck emissions are hurting South Fresno. What’s the remedy?

South Fresno was once a thriving Black neighborhood. It was segmented by redlining and freeway development and now faces one of the worst rates of pollution in the nation. Warehouse development is worsening the situation, Monica Vaughan reports.

http://ow.ly/Y06s50In7LZ

The boom of local truck traffic is adding to the environmental burdens South Fresno residents are already facing.

Just 3% of Washington residents have long-term care insurance, despite there being 70% of residents over 65 who will nee...
03/22/2022
The long-term care insurance market is a disaster. Can Washington state offer a better path forward?

Just 3% of Washington residents have long-term care insurance, despite there being 70% of residents over 65 who will need long-term care in the future. Washington policymakers think they have a solution with WA Cares, the nation’s first public insurance program for long-term care. https://centerforhealthjournalism.org/2022/03/21/long-term-care-insurance-market-disaster-can-washington-state-offer-better-path-forward

The private market has failed to deliver affordable long-term care insurance. Washington state has another plan.

Richmond County School District was struggling with chronic absenteeism before the pandemic. After COVID, a record numbe...
03/21/2022
I-TEAM: Teens vanishing in record numbers from classroom

Richmond County School District was struggling with chronic absenteeism before the pandemic. After COVID, a record number of students have gone missing, Data Fellow Liz Owens reports.

http://ow.ly/SVEe50IngpE

After nearly two years of losses from lives and jobs to homes and education, high school students are vanishing from the classrooms in record numbers.

Policymakers interviewed by Fresnoland reporters suggested that proceeds from a sales tax measure for transportation inf...
03/21/2022
Where did all Fresno’s transportation dollars go? Not to the communities that needed it most, reporters find

Policymakers interviewed by Fresnoland reporters suggested that proceeds from a sales tax measure for transportation infrastructure should be used to spur economic growth. Solving safety and transportation access issues for vulnerable communities? “Not so much,” writes California Fellow Danielle Bergstrom. http://ow.ly/eLbE50In7Ua

Why journalists interested in accountability reporting on investments related to health and neighborhoods should start with local tax measures.

At least 12,000 American families struggling to find treatment for their children with mental illness make the desperate...
03/18/2022
‘Is this what a good mother looks like?’

At least 12,000 American families struggling to find treatment for their children with mental illness make the desperate decision to relinquish custody to the state so they receive the care they deserve. Data Fellow William Wan tells the story of just one in haunting detail.

http://ow.ly/Oieu50InfmW

After struggling to get treatment for her mentally ill son, a mother’s act of desperation: giving up custody.

Domestic violence isn’t just a crime story — it’s a public health crisis. The children who stand witness to it perhaps h...
03/18/2022
Nine lessons for rethinking how you report on domestic violence

Domestic violence isn’t just a crime story — it’s a public health crisis. The children who stand witness to it perhaps have the most to lose.

Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Anne Saker offers her nine tips for journalists covering domestic violence in their communities.
http://ow.ly/V9jQ50ImWyQ

In April 2020, early in the pandemic, six women in Cincinnati were murdered, more than in all of 2019. In at least half of the instances, domestic violence lay at the root.

Once a thriving Black neighborhood, South Fresno was segmented by a history of redlining and freeway development. Even a...
03/18/2022
Truck emissions are hurting South Fresno. What’s the remedy?

Once a thriving Black neighborhood, South Fresno was segmented by a history of redlining and freeway development. Even as its residents are overburdened with some of the worst environmental pollution in the nation, local leaders continue to greenlight construction of warehouses that bring more trucks — and smog — to the region. http://ow.ly/yuk450In7Be

The boom of local truck traffic is adding to the environmental burdens South Fresno residents are already facing.

Virginia state leaders allowed their public health department to wither and shrink for more than two decades. During the...
03/08/2022
Essential and Overlooked: How decades of inaction failed Virginia's Latinos during COVID

Virginia state leaders allowed their public health department to wither and shrink for more than two decades. During the pandemic, it was Latino and Black communities who suffered. National Fellow Sabrina Moreno reports.

https://richmond.com/news/local/essential-and-overlooked-how-decades-of-inaction-failed-virginias-latinos-during-covid/article_e7094fde-2f72-58e4-b037-9347d768b5ed.html

A five-month investigation by The Richmond Times-Dispatch sheds light on how Virginia's health infrastructure was allowed to wither for two decades, with grave consequences once COVID struck.

'We know it’s broken. It’s broken to pieces.' At one Georgia elementary school, 1 in 10 students are homeless. When the ...
02/16/2022
The pandemic’s homeless students have been left to languish in Georgia

'We know it’s broken. It’s broken to pieces.' At one Georgia elementary school, 1 in 10 students are homeless. When the pandemic struck, almost 900 didn't turn up to class and were classified as "missing" by district officials. Fellow Liz Owens investigates. https://centerforhealthjournalism.org/2022/01/08/pandemic-s-homeless-students-have-been-left-languish-georgia

The pandemic hit students like an earthquake. It's even worse for students in one failing school district in Georgia.

As COVID-19 infections rise across the United States, health officials, politicians and pundits have suggested that the ...
02/15/2022
Health officials say Covid-19 may soon become endemic. That’s little comfort for some.

As COVID-19 infections rise across the United States, health officials, politicians and pundits have suggested that the disease becoming endemic would return the nation to a sense of normalcy. But for millions of Americans who are immunocompromised or otherwise at higher risk, “normal” isn’t possible, Chinyere Amobi reports.

http://ow.ly/1Kx150HW5Gl

The chronically ill, individuals living with disability, and those who care about them are increasingly speaking out.

"Looking at the health care system through the lens of a sickle cell disease patient is a litmus test for how equitable ...
02/15/2022
Sickle cell disease patients navigate a legacy of systemic racism

"Looking at the health care system through the lens of a sickle cell disease patient is a litmus test for how equitable the system is, for a simple reason: nearly all sickle cell disease patients are Black or of African descent." Via Farah Yousry. https://centerforhealthjournalism.org/2022/01/28/sickle-cell-disease-patients-navigate-legacy-systemic-racism

Nearly all sickle cell disease patients are Black or of African descent. What can their care tell us about disparities in our health care system?

One domestic violence worker called transnational abandonment “one of the most sinister and damaging forms of abuse” the...
02/14/2022
A reporting project on domestic violence among South Asians becomes a storytelling project to advance change

One domestic violence worker called transnational abandonment “one of the most sinister and damaging forms of abuse” they had witnessed. That practice, where vulnerable immigrant women are abandoned in their countries of origins by their husbands, spiked during the pandemic. http://ow.ly/pJx450HUPMR

Transnational abandonment spiked significantly during the pandemic. Two journalists reflect on their effort to share survivor's stories and advocate on their behalf.

For Navajo people during the pandemic, a history of colonialism, exploitation, environment injustice, and political negl...
02/14/2022
Untangling how past met present in Indigenous communities during COVID-19

For Navajo people during the pandemic, a history of colonialism, exploitation, environment injustice, and political neglect manifested in illness rather than health. Impact grantee Eli Cahan explores how health systems failed them. https://centerforhealthjournalism.org/2022/02/03/untangling-how-past-met-present-indigenous-communities-during-covid-19

The health care system in Navajo territory received less attention during COVID than other factors. A new investigation will take a fresh look at the breakdowns.

The CDC and a growing body of governments are declaring racism a public health crisis. It operates through laws, policie...
02/11/2022

The CDC and a growing body of governments are declaring racism a public health crisis. It operates through laws, policies, and systems that help create and maintain Black disadvantage. Join us for a discussion with equity scholar Brian Smedley on how racism operates in health care systems.

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"In college I dreamed of creating something called the Raw Style. This week that style was let out into the world. It to...
02/09/2022
What I learned tracking down the story of racial inequities in the cannabis world

"In college I dreamed of creating something called the Raw Style. This week that style was let out into the world. It took so many people to make this happen. They trusted and coached me, and I feel like the distance between squares and stoners in the shadows grew a little less distant," National Fellow Donnell Alexander writes.

https://centerforhealthjournalism.org/2022/01/28/what-i-learned-tracking-down-story-racial-inequities-cannabis-world

Before I even knew the broader perimeters of my series, I knew that I wanted to give voice to the people who were not free to tell their stories.

In Milwaukee, a chronic disease is sweeping the city’s children from predominately Black and poor neighborhoods into eme...
02/07/2022
Children of color in Milwaukee suffer from asthma at alarming rates, but it doesn’t have to be this way

In Milwaukee, a chronic disease is sweeping the city’s children from predominately Black and poor neighborhoods into emergency rooms at alarming rates.

The disease is asthma and doctors say it’s one of the most preventable reasons for pediatric emergency room visits, Impact Grantee Talis Shelbourne reports.

http://ow.ly/20V250HOMn9

The problem has solutions, so what's keeping the city from embracing them?

Accessing public records during the pandemic is vital. Learn tips and strategies for your next request from #FOIA pros G...
02/04/2022

Accessing public records during the pandemic is vital. Learn tips and strategies for your next request from #FOIA pros Gunita Singh of Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press and Derek Kravitz of MuckRock and the Documenting COVID-19 Project at Brown Institute for Media Innovation.

REGISTER: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nJ9l__kNRgGZE6kOrj9N9g

In many cases, hysterectomies are unnecessary and invasive. Despite that, Black women receive them at rates 3x higher th...
02/04/2022
Why do Black women get more hysterectomies in the South?

In many cases, hysterectomies are unnecessary and invasive. Despite that, Black women receive them at rates 3x higher than whites.That disparity deepens in the South. Impact grantee Amy Kingsley explores the issue.

https://centerforhealthjournalism.org/2022/01/28/why-do-black-women-get-more-hysterectomies-south

Some studies show that Black women receive hysterectomies at three times the rate of whites. The consequences of the procedure can be huge.

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Chloe Lee Rowlands writes about the Bay Area's affordability crisis for seniors, and what's being done by the state to tackle the most pressing issues for California's aging population. Thank you to the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism for their support on this project. For the latest on aging news in the Bay Area, check out our Aging Hub on Local News Matters.
USC’s Center for Health Journalism found school districts that focused on social-emotional learning experienced lower levels of reported bullying. The San Bernardino Sun reports California school districts are prioritizing students’ mental health more than ever with increased access to systems of support, new programs, and expanded resources.
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As the number of #COVID19 infections rises, health officials say an endemic disease would bring things back to normal. But for millions of immunocompromised people, "normal" is not an option. Via Center for Health Journalism. http://ow.ly/JM4v50I3RpS
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Los Angeles Times journalist Sonja Sharp shares insight into her personal journey and reports how modern obstetrics has turned its back on the growing number of disabled women who get pregnant, failing them at virtually every step on their journey to motherhood & harming their progress. Read more in Center for Health Journalism below ⬇️:
Join the Center for Health Journalism on Dec. 15 at 1 pm EST for a free conversation on the new omicron #COVID19 variant with Dr. Celine Gounder, epidemiologist, medical analyst, and host of the podcast, Epidemic. Learn what we know and don’t know about #omicron. Just Human Productions https://www.nenpa.com/event/covering-coronavirus-what-we-know-so-far-about-omicron/
Join Center for Health Journalism for a brief on the latest research on the omicron variant next week on December 15.
Hundreds of mentally ill Texans stuck in jail on a waitlist for help that keeps growing – KXAN, in a partnership with Center for Health Journalism, shares their stories and uncovers possible solutions. https://bit.ly/3lN1xKJ #MentalCompetency
As mentally ill Texans keep falling through the cracks in our criminal justice system, KXAN Investigates has partnered with Center for Health Journalism to share their stories and look for solutions. See the comprehensive investigation online now. #MentalCompetency
We've learned so much about the dramatic changes of children's brains in the first years of life. But what about the parents? New research looked to answer those questions using MRI scans to track the changes in the brains of 19 first-time mothers. Learn more in Center for Health Journalism.