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Living in the Shadows - Radio

A special series by the Reporting on Health Collaborative

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Many immigrants feel isolated in America – suffering that can turn toxic over time.

Six news outlets joined together as the Center for Health Journalism Collaborative to highlight the interplay between immigration status and health. The USC Annenberg project involves Mundo Hispánico (Atlanta), New America Media (California and New York), Radio Bilingüe (Fresno and Washington), WESA Pittsburgh, Univision Los Angeles and Univision Arizona.

In the Los Angeles apartment she rents, 65-year-old Juana opened a small kit that she uses to help manage her diabetes....

Last year, some 17 thousand people living in poverty in Fresno county benefited from the Medically Indigent Services Program, or MISP. This program covers chronic illnesses and care that requires specialized doctors. One of the beneficiaries is María, who has lived in Fresno for more than 23 years a

All California counties have to offer a minimum of free or very low-cost health services to uninsured, low-income residents who do not qualify for subsidized health insurance and cannot pay for private insurance. But one county is trying to change this.

As a child in war-torn Somalia, Aweys Mwaliya saw friends and family killed in massacres. He says he tries not to think of the past, but certain things will trigger bad memories.

The global suicide rate per 100,000 people is 16. The U.S. rate for the general population is 12.4. A study done last year found the Bhutanese rate is higher — 20.3 among refugees resettled in the U.S.

On a blustery January morning, Leslie Bachurski is at Northern Area Multi Service’s offices in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania....

By the time the federally funded Squirrel Hill Health Center’s Mobile Unit opens its doors in the Pittsburgh community of Prospect Park, people are already lined up, looking for help....

Tek Nepal (right) washes spinach at his Mount Oliver home with his wife Radhika Nepal. After a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis in 2012, his diet has changed substantially.

Over the next five years, 50,000 Congolese will be resettled in the United States by the State Department. A few thousand of them will be moving to Pittsburgh. Many of them will come without any English and with trauma, depression and other scars of war. They’ll be in need of mental health services.

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Thirty years ago, Fresno County was obligated to provide care to everyone who needed it, regardless of their immigration status. Now a judge has determined that the county no longer has to offer them medical services.

While children show different responses to early trauma, depending on factors such as their age, coping mechanisms, and family support, experts say that research shows that witnessing a parent's arrest or deportation leads to a complex series of problems.

Exhausted from the burden of her age and diabetes, Juana now pays more attention to the news. She recently learned of a California proposal to offer health insurance to people who are undocumented.

A Mexican-American woman decided to convert her house into a health insurance registration center. She invited her family and neighbors, most of them uninsured. Could this be a model strategy to sign up more Latinos?

All California counties have to offer a minimum of free or very low-cost health services to uninsured, low-income residents who do not qualify for subsidized health insurance and cannot pay for private insurance. But one county is trying to change this.

The consequences of separating parents from children can include causing or exacerbating mental health problems such as depressive or anxiety disorders.

In 2014, fellows Alonso Yáñez and Annabelle Sedano collaborated on a project highlighting shortcomings in detention facilities for undocumented immigrants operated by for-profit companies. As Obama reconsiders outsourcing detention centers, this project offers early warnings of problems to come.

Fatal errors and lack of adequate medical care in immigration detention centers bring suffering to detainees and their families.

As many as 1 in 4 of those detained have chronic medical conditions. Medical neglect can lead to deteriorated health and, in Fernando Dominguez Valdivia's case, death.

A Mexican father is released from detention thanks to a psychological evaluation used as evidence in court.

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