Covering social determinants and disparities in health is complicated, with a complex and wide-ranging set of factors playing a part in the unequal health status of various groups. Research has shown that education, income, neighborhood and social networks all play a part and it's important that health journalists understand how those elements affect the people they're covering.
A few tips and techniques can help you find new stories, sharpen and deepen your reporting and help you ask better questions of the experts you interview. You’ll learn about new research in the field, hear from experts in public health and sociology and see how other reporters incorporate information about social determinants and disparities in health status in their stories.
This site will highlight coverage, explain complicated but essential key concepts, point you to useful data, shared wisdom from fellow reporters, as well as a growing glossary of terms.
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Emily Willingham (@ejwillingham) is a science journalist whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, and Forbes, among others.
She is the author of "The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Guide to Your Child's First Four Years" (2016), co-written with Tara Haelle.