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In-Progress: California Health Journalism Fellows introduce their reporting projects

In-Progress: California Health Journalism Fellows introduce their reporting projects

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This year's are pursuing stories important to communities. They're investigating air quality, the on-the-ground effects of health care reform and children's health, and asking important questions about how neighborhoods can be healthier. Here's a quick rundown of some of their projects, with links to their own blog posts so you can learn more, comment and offer ideas.

Something's in the Air

For her fellowship project, Christina Elston asks, She will be helping parents understand the health impacts of air quality on their children for L.A. Parenting.

Roseann Keegan is investigating investments into radon testing in El Dorado and Douglas counties for the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

Ryan ZumMallen, executive editor of the Long Beach Post, is reporting on the environmental impact of expansions to the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

And what are health affects of that port-to-city traffic to Californians? Tena Rubio will report on the health effects of California's goods movement to low-income communities.

What About the Kids?

Kelley Atherton will look for positive solutions to endemic health concerns in Del Norte for The Daily Triplicate. She will report on a .

Annette Fuentes is combining her experience reporting on health and education for The Bay Citizen with a project about how health and education intersect in the Bay Area.

The first part of Beatrice Motamedi's fellowship project will be a health survey of Oakland teens conducted with five teen investigator/reporters. As she embarks on the project, she finds literary inspiration in James Baldwin's 1963 essays The Fire Next Time: ",' wrote Baldwin.

John Sepulvado, health care reporter for Capital Public Radio, asks this simple question:

Sarah Anthony asks, ""

For Erika Cebreros, the challenges of breastfeeding are personal, and for her project she is reporting on the for El Mensajero.

California Communities

Nicole Brambila wrote her first blog post to introduce her reporting project. She will look into who live near the affluent neighborhoods of Palm Springs.

Joe Goldeen is sick of the sickness. "The people of Stockton and surrounding San Joaquin County, Calif., almost 700,000 strong, continue to experience among the worst health outcomes by any measure both statewide and nationally," he writes. His project for The Record will focus on the .

Post-traumatic stress disorder isn't just for veterans. Kimber Solana is looking into the for The Salinas Californian.

Astrid Viciano, reporter for Stern Magazine in Germany, is going to Hollywood to find out  and how one program helps writers make sure that information is correct.

Merced County hosts an estimate 5,000 small businesses, and, beginning in 2014, those with over 50 employees will have to provide health insurance for their employees or pay penalties. Yesenia Amaro, health care reporter for the Merced Sun-Star, is investigating the

Hillary Meeks is investigating the in Tulare County for the Visalia Times-Delta.

Tracy Wood is reporting on a  in Orange County for the Voice of OC.

"Are one in 100 San Franciscans dead at 50?" asks Dr. R. Jan Gurley. She is investigating neighborhood by neighborhood.

What's For Lunch?

Shelley Levitt will take on food deserts, neighborhoods where "a wilting head of lettuce costs two or three times as much as a dollar meal."

"A painful irony exists in California's agricultural heart," write Pauline Bortolone. "." She will be reporting on new solutions to the problem for Latino USA.

We'll be live-blogging and tweeting the fellowship seminars in Los Angeles from this Thursday evening through Sunday. Follow on .

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