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Joaqlin Estus produced this story while participating in Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of USC's Annenberg School of Journalism. It was originally published by Alaska Public Radio.

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Native children make up about 13 percent of South Dakota’s child population, but typically represent about 50 percent of those in foster care. The story examines the state's response to claims of child sex abuse in foster care and by adoptive parents.

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Stephanie Woodward reports on how The Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) has started to take steps towards healthier, diabetes-free youth, with informational video and media materials.

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My latest story, Rough Justice in Indian Child Welfare, provides a rare and shocking behind-the-scenes look at what can happen to Native children once they end up in the foster-care system, in this case in South Dakota.

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Diabetes prevention on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation in South Dakota

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With the National Health Journalism Fellowship I just learned I received—thank you!—I'll embark on another reporting trip in Indian country, this time to investigate an aspect of children's health. The communities I'll visit are under siege, with many resources still dwindling: land bases; languages; clean water; fresh, culturally appropriate...

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Learn the promises and pitfalls of using hospital safety data in your reporting in this Q&A with Kaiser Health News' Jordan Rau.

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More than 200 Native American doctors are attending a conference in Portland this week to look at health disparities affecting tribes across the nation.

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The construction of a dam near an Indian reservation on the Missouri River forced residents to less fertile land and put an end to their farming habits. Since then, American Indians have experienced a lack of nutrition, leading to diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

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Medical boards from coast to coast are inconsistent, inefficient and ill equipped to monitor the hundreds of thousands of doctors licensed under their watch, Antidote’s investigation of every state board has found. There are some standouts, but, overall, they do a terrible job protecting patients and informing the public.

It bears repeating that most doctors do a great job and are focused on one thing: helping their patients heal and lead healthier lives. The mission of this tour was to explore what happens to that minority of doctors who don’t follow the rules.



Going to the Assoc. of Health Care Journalists' conference next week in Baltimore? Have a drink & snacks on us at our annual happy hour on Fri. May 3, at 6:30 pm! This year's gathering will be held at Frank and Nic's West End Grille, across the street from the conference hotel.


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