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The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism 2001-2002

Jodie Snyder and Susie Steckner

Newspaper Reporters
The Arizona Republic
Phoenix, Arizona

Topic: The challenges schools and workplaces face in accommodating people with mental illness

Published Work:

Breaking the Cycle
The Wesley family isn't much different from any other. For sure, the family doesn't fit the homeless stereotype. But for more than a year, La Donna Wesley was one of the estimated 15,000 to 20,000 Arizonans without a home.

Culture Vital in Guadalupe Health Care
Although it's been a tough day for Mona Tavena, she returns Mori's smile. Tavena, 21, is due in three days. The previous night, she slept, at least tried to sleep, on a mattress on the ground. Neither her home's swamp cooler nor ceiling fans work, and a box fan couldn't take the edge off the 110-degree heat.

Mental Health Study Focusing on Hispanics
President Bush created the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health this year to study the country's public and private mental health services.

Focusing on Minorities' Mental Health
Luis Ibarra calls Friendly House in Phoenix an institution in the Hispanic community, an agency that offers hope when there is none, and all kinds of services for the needy.

Mental Health Aid May be Ahead for Valley Latinos
Last winter, after two local Spanish-language stations ran public service announcements about mental illness, desperate listeners flooded phone lines and overwhelmed agencies hoping to help.

Cultural Perceptions Define Mental Illness
Does mental illness mean the same thing in different cultures? Increasingly, research indicates that biology helps determine who has a mental illness. Yet, researchers also recognize geography, where and how a person lives, as a factor.

Arizona's Mental Illness Claims Rank High
In the past five years, Arizona workers have filed 755 mental health-related discrimination claims, representing one-fifth of all claims statewide.

State Mental Health Advocacy Plan Draws Fire
Arizona health officials have shut down a watchdog group that monitors state programs for the mentally ill and will do their own policing.

Victims in Need Tax Tempe's Resources
When Tempe police rescued a 26-year-old woman and her children from the violence in their home, another struggle quietly began.

Abuse Hits Home
When Tempe police rescued a 26-year-old woman and her children from the violence in their home, another struggle quietly began. In the fight against domestic violence, the focus often is on finding shelter.

Workers Seek Counseling in Aftermath of Attacks
The Sept. 11 attacks are four weeks past and more than 2,000 miles away, but Valley employees assistance programs say they are busier than ever comforting local workers affected by the tragedy.

AZ Group Gets $7.5M to Study Alzheimer's
A statewide research group has received a $7.5 million grant to sustain its fight against Alzheimer's disease.

Hospice Care in Arizona has Become Competitive
With bedside visits, pain medication and counseling, a hospice can offer a gentle hand of care to dying patients and their families. Along with compassion, though, competition persists in the industry.

Lawmakers Launch Probe on Vet Home Neglect (link no longer available)
Faced with mounting criticism over patient neglect and allegations of nepotism at the only state-run nursing home for veterans, Patrick Chorpenning resigned Tuesday as director of the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services.

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