Health Equity Media Fellowship

Medical Humanities & the Arts

The Stanford Health Equity Media Fellowship is a paid reporting opportunity that pairs early career media and health professionals to help fill a gap in solutions-driven reporting on health equity in the United States. Starting with an in-person fall bootcamp, fellows are introduced to a wide scope of health topics, while also taking a deep dive into cross-platform media production. Over the course of the year, fellows engage in mentorship opportunities while producing stories that deepen our understanding of health disparities — while also featuring the innovative searches for solutions that are targeting these issues head-on. 



Breaking Down The U.S. Drug Shortage Problem

There are hundreds of ongoing drug shortages in the U.S. Generic drugs, particularly injectables, are most affected.

by Indira Khera, Eli Cahan, on July 12, 2024, Science Friday 

White noise machines for infants can be dangerously loud, study says

By Dr. Abimbola Okulaja and Dr. Sejal Parekh

June 27, 2024 Story from Health Dr. Abimbola Okulaja, Dr. Sejal Parekh , ABC News

Infant mortality increases over 12% in Texas after near total abortion ban enacted in 2021: Study

By Dr. Sejal Parekh

June 24, 2024 Story from Health Dr. Sejal Parekh , ABC News

More than 4,000 additional robotic pets to be given to seniors in New York to combat loneliness

By Dr. Sejal Parekh

June 15, 2024 Story from Health Dr. Sejal Parekh , ABC News

New study shows up to 43% of US households are not storing guns securely

By Dr. Michelle March and Dr. Sejal Parekh

June 13, 2024 Story from Health Dr. Michelle March, Dr. Sejal Parekh , ABC News

1st tribally affiliated medical school in US graduates inaugural class of doctors

By Dr. Sejal Parekh

June 6, 2024 Story from GMA Dr. Sejal Parekh , ABC News

Attacks on Emergency Room Workers Prompt Debate Over Tougher Penalties, by Sejal Parekh

This reported piece combines narrative, expert interviews, and FOIA data analysis to discuss potential solutions for violence against California ER workers.

Amid Mental Health Staffing Crunch, Medi-Cal Patients Help One Another - California Healthline, by Indira Khera

This piece was published by California Healthline and the San Fransisco Chronicle. It focuses on a peer leader in Solano County and explores how these leaders can help ease California's behavioral health workforce shortage. 

Syphilis cases are rising in babies. Illinois has a potential solution, by Indira Khera

This episode was published by NPR's science podcast Short Wave. It takes the listener inside of Illinois' perinatal syphilis warmline, a phone line started last year clinicians can call for guidance on newborn syphilis. 

The new RSV shot, a national shortage, and what that means for you, by Sejal Parekh

This “news you can use” piece was published in the Navajo Times, the main print paper distributed on Navajo Nation. The article describes current RSV shot shortages, and provides actionable steps for readers to obtain the immunization.

Our Team


Michael Nedelman, MD



Eli Cahan, MD



Bryant Lin, MD, MEng


Program Manager

Christy Hartman, MA 


Fellowship Assistant

Jeenah Gwak