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  • Poor Health An occasional series about the barriers to health and health care for low-income urban Americans

    Poor Health was the result of a collaboration between the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and faculty and students from Marquette University. Both papers published the series, which had three major parts. The backbone of the series is a set of interactive maps that shows that health care systems have closed hospitals in poor communities in the major U.S. metropolitan areas while opening new facilities in more affluent areas, often communities that already had hospitals; that the residents of the communities in which hospitals closed were less healthy than their more affluent counterparts, and that communities in which hospitals closed were much more likely to be federally designated "physician shortage areas." than communities that retained or gained hospitals. In addition, reporting in several cities shows the health care challenges among the urban poor, the results of those difficulties and the economics that drive the unequal distribution of health care. The final part of the series focuses on solutions. A major story on the effort in Oregon to improve health care for Medicaid recipients while lowering costs is the centerpiece; other reporting on innovative approaches to health care in poor areas includes programs in Philadelphia, Cleveland and Indianapolis.
  • Fatal Failures

    Gibeaut tells the story of a 15-year old girl murdered by a 21-year old severely depressed college dropout. Scott C. Strothers shot Penny Chang because she wanted nothing to do with him. "The story leads our report on why the legal and mental health systems can't always protect us from violent and unstable individuals," Gibeaut writes. Although both systems did their best, they still failed.
  • Boon or Boondoggle?

    "This project examined a controversial lease agreement between county-owned Booner Hosptial Center and BJC Health Systems, one of the largest not-for-profit hospital systems in Missouri ... The core question of the investigation: Was the lease a good deal for the citizens of Boone County?"
  • Unsafe Haven

    CBS News 60 Minutes reports "a year-long ... investigation of practices in the adolescent units of Charter Behavioral Health Systems, the nation's largest chain of private psychiatric hospitals.... (It) revealed evidence of unsafe conditions, injuries, deaths and cover-ups in Charter hospitals from Massachusetts to California. "
  • What Price Care?: NorthBay Health Systems

    The Daily Republic, of Fairfield, Calif., published a multi-part series about the cost and quality of health care provided by NorthBay Health Systems. It reported that "Managed care had dramatically altered the way people get health care...More and more, a person's health care is in the hands of an insurance company. And when hospitals and insurance companies battle, patients often get lost in the middle. NorthBay Health System wants to help people be healthy. How does NorthBay spend its money to achieve this goal? The quality of care patients receive often depends on the doctors they see. But some doctors are embroiled in a bitter conflict with NorthBay hospitals which may eventually force many to leave the county or go out of business...."