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Fellowship Takes Reporting to a New Level

Newspaper reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove wanted to dig deeper into serious mental health issues, but the tools at hand weren’t adequate for the job. That changed dramatically when she received a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism.

“I felt like I was digging with a shovel, and The Carter Center gave me a backhoe,” said Cosgrove, a 2015-16 Fellow who works at The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City.

Cosgrove used the fellowship to explore the challenges faced by low-income mental health patients and their families. In a four-part series titled “Epidemic Ignored,” Cosgrove described how county jails had emerged as a poor replacement for closed state mental hospitals, entangling patients in the ill-equipped penal system for lack of a better alternative.

Learn more about the Center's Mental Health Program:
https://www.cartercenter.org/health/mental_health/index.html

Learn more about the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism: https://www.cartercenter.org/health/mental_health/fellowships/index.html

Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in partnership with Emory University, The Carter Center is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. The Center wages peace, fights disease, and builds hope worldwide.

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