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Health

In Health, Pulitzer Center grantees delve into some of the world’s most pressing health issues and challenges. Featuring a wide range of topics from chronic illnesses to outbreaks and epidemics to reproductive health and public health systems, our reporting looks at the breadth of health issues found across the globe.

We also look at the global footprint of cancer, which kills more people than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. We examine the disproportionate burden placed on poorer countries, as well as the medical and business innovations that allow for treatment once thought too costly or too difficult to deliver.

Other projects look at mental health, including the trauma caused by conflicts like the wars in Syria and Yemen, the effects of pollution on communities, and safety and injury-related deaths, such as in our ongoing Roads Kill project.

By telling the stories of patients, caregivers, and scientists, our reporters are drawing outbreak comparisons and providing lessons for prevention. They are also taking on the challenge of communicating technical information to the lay ear, and ultimately filling the gap between the scientific and public understanding of health crises.

Health

Photo Essay: RECOVERY

What does recovery and reopening look like across Brooklyn during the pandemic? Mateo Ruiz González captured images of Brooklyn's streets in this COVID-19 Writers Project photo essay.

Video Narrative: RESPONSE II

The coronavirus pandemic was accelerating. More tests were needed. More personal protective equipment was needed. Food supplies were depleting. Prices for essential products skyrocketed. Hysteria was setting in.

The Road to Recovery

The pandemic underscored long-standing inequalities in American society. It also created scores of new social activists in Generation Z ready to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Video Narrative: RESPONSE I

When COVID-19 cases spiked in March, officials encouraged extreme vigilance with social distancing. At the same time, residents were beginning to see the failures and strengths of their government's crisis response.

Video Narrative: DEVASTATION III

A report released in April found that Black and Hispanic New Yorkers were dying from COVID-19 at almost twice the rate of white New Yorkers.

Video Narrative: RECOVERY II

Out of the pandemic came many valuable lessons and, at the same time, many hard truths. Would these lessons become opportunities for a new way forward?

Outbreak: Africa’s Data Journalism Alliance Against COVID-19

African scientists, researchers, and data journalists come together to focus on the big picture of coronavirus in Africa, identifying the most vulnerable communities and analyzing the healthcare system.

Victoria's Foil

Victoria Isaacson, a 22-year-old wheelchair fencer, is trying to qualify for the Paralympics while overcoming the adversity of a degenerative disease, mounting debt, and a worldwide pandemic.

The Hidden Homeless

In 2016, the number of unaccompanied homeless youth reached 100,000 for the first time ever, and experts suggest official numbers are much higher. With school out indefinitely during the coronavirus crisis, the race is on to find these "Hidden Homeless" and help them.

Almostajad Podcast

An Arabic-language news podcast by Sowt Podcasting, focusing on COVID-19 in the Middle East and North Africa regions. Depending on the vowels, Almostajad is the name used for the coronavirus and also means ‘the latest.’

Back From the Brink

Since leaving the service, Dustin Jones, USMC veteran and filmmaker, has lost more friends to suicide than he did in combat. Jones, a Columbia Journalism School Reporting Fellow, follows Marine veteran Bill Kirner as he struggles with PTSD and suicide.

Meet the Journalist: David Scales

Scales travels to Nancy and Strasbourg to understand how the new French plan to combat Lyme and tick-borne diseases was unfolding. Here, he shares some surprises he found along the way.

Ending AIDS

Students analyze how journalists William Brangam, Jon Cohen, and Jason Kane unfold an analysis of HIV prevention measures in several locations around the world.  

HIV/AIDS In Palm Beach County, Florida

In this lesson, students will learn about AIDS in Florida, and participate in an activity understand the role of health education and its impact on the AIDS epidemic in the United States.  

HIV/AIDS in Haiti: The Prison

In this lesson, students will participate in a class discussion using the articles by Antigone Barton focusing on the work of Dr. John May.

HIV/AIDS in Haiti: An Island of Hope and Despair

Students discuss the statement “Haiti is an island of hope and despair.” The students also discuss how the United States and/or its citizens have contributed to hope and despair in Haiti.

HIV/AIDS in the Dominican Republic

In this lesson, students will participate in a Socratic Seminar using the Palm Beach Post article to dialogue about the impact of AIDS in the Dominican Republic.

AIDS in Paradise: A Crisis In The Caribbean

Students explore HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean, using the Pulitzer Center’s interactive website Heroes of HIV: HIV in the Caribbean. Students will create a final product based on information they find.

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