ChrisAnna Mink is a pediatric infectious diseases specialist and has been a freelance journalist. For more than two decades, she served her community as a successful physician, including working as the Medical Director of at the K.I.D.S. Foster Care Clinic as part of Harbor UCLA Medical Center and as a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In 2014 she began writing more about about health and ultimately decided to become a health journalist. She got a M.A. from University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and has written about child health issues for the California Health Report and University of Southern California’s Center for Health Journalism.
Covering children’s health in the Central Valley, California
ChrisAnna focuses on children’s health, both physical and mental, and explores how the paper can inform, educate and help bring about a healthier community. Childhood asthma, obesity, and food insecurity are big issues in Modesto and throughout the Central Valley. Stanislaus, and nearby Tuolumne County, also are among the California counties with the highest number of emergency room visits by children with dental issues, according to the California Department of Public Health. More than 300,000 kids in the Central Valley live in poverty. She works in concert with local schools, state and county health and environmental agencies and local hospitals and a new care center to identify current issues and solutions in children’s health.
The Modesto Bee, a McClatchy news organization, serves primarily the city of Modesto, Stanislaus County, and its surrounding cities and counties in the heart of California’s Central Valley and the Sierra foothills. The Bee has a rich, 134-year history of serving a diverse community built on agriculture with an eye on diversifying employment sectors in hopes of fending off the “brain drain” that sees many of our youngest and brightest leave for college and never return. Our mission is to connect with readers each day to discover and report on the issues that touch their lives.
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