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Systemic racism spurs COVID-19 to hit Florida communities of color harder

By Julianne Hill, Justin Fernandez, Gabriella Fuster, and Melissa Noda  Urban Health Media Project Florida’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic unmasked disparities in healthcare based on socioeconomic factors, disproportionately hurting communities of color in the state while exposing weaknesses in leadership, according to a Florida health expert. “We know from our country’s history that responding...

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Early screening for learning disabilities ‘would make a huge difference’

By Aileen Delgado, Courtney Curtis and Rick Hampson Urban Health Media Project              WASHINGTON -- Frank Pinckney wonders what his life could have been like if his parents and teachers had believed what he now believes: that as a child he had a learning disability, attention deficit disorder (ADHD) and suffered from trauma after a sexual...

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UHMP teaches students to tell the health and social justice stories of the unrepresented

Hermes Falcon Urban Health Media Project Urban Health Media Project introduces middle and high school students in underrepresented communities to journalism and teaches them how to cover health and social issue topics that touch their lives. “I want to be a journalist,” says Sreehitha Gandluri, a student at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School...

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The Pandemic Deepens Miami’s Housing Affordability Crisis for Immigrant Families

Aileen Delgado, Kymani Hughes, Krystal Li, Angely Pena-Agramonte, Karla Perez and Kelly Sanchez In October 2020, six months into the COVID pandemic, the landlord of a Palmetto Bay apartment where then-high school senior Arianna had lived for more than a decade with her sister and parents, delivered shocking news: The family had a month to move...

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As Grief Sweeps Nation from Violence, COVID-19 Deaths, Survivors ‘Suffering in Silence’

Josephine Chu, Amora Campbell and Madeleine Voth, Urban Health Media Project This story appeared in the Washington Informer on Jan. 9, 2021. Ruth Rollins dedicated her life to helping survivors of domestic violence as an advocate in Boston. Yet when her 21-year-old son Warren Daniel Hairston was killed in community violence in the city’s Roxbury...