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How Some Schools Are Using Weekly Testing To Keep Kids In Class — And COVID Out

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Many K-12 school districts are tapping federal funds to pay for regular surveillance testing of students. It's an effective pandemic tactic when used alongside mask-wearing and other precautions.


As Trusted Voices, Farmers Could Be Key To Boosting Rural Vaccination Rates

Saturday, August 07, 2021

Rural health experts are calling on trusted agricultural leaders — like farmers and ranchers — to use their understanding of science and nudge vaccine-hesitant neighbors to roll up their sleeves.


N.Y. Hospital, Schools Aim To Improve Kids' Access To Mental Health Provider

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

As rates of anxiety, depression and suicide in children have been rising in recent years, only 20% of kids have access to mental health care. To change that, a hospital joined with school districts.


With Black Women At Highest Risk of Maternal Death, Some States Extending Medicaid

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The U.S. is the only industrialized nation where the rate of pregnancy-related deaths is rising. Experts say one way to save lives is making sure new mothers don't lose their health insurance.


As Pregnancy-Related Deaths Rise In The U.S., Experts Say Expanding Medicaid Is Key

Monday, April 26, 2021

The U.S. is the only industrialized nation where the rate of pregnancy-related deaths is rising. Black mothers face the highest risk, and the CDC estimates over half of these deaths are preventable.


How Schools Can Help Kids Heal After A Year Of 'Crisis And Uncertainty'

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The pandemic has been stressful for millions of children. If that stress isn't buffered by caring adults, it can have lifelong consequences. There's a lot schools can do to keep that from happening.


Hit Hard By Pandemic, Farmworkers Receive COVID-19 Vaccines

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Some states are prioritizing farmworkers in their vaccine rollout. Many of these workers are from Mexico, and are getting vaccinated much sooner than they would in their home countries.


To Help Farmworkers Get COVID-19 Tests And Vaccine, Build Trust And A Safety Net

Monday, March 01, 2021

Getting COVID-19 tests and vaccine to essential workers on commercial farms and in meatpacking plants requires more than a pop-up clinic miles away. A positive test can be financially devastating.


Coronavirus Testing Remains A Problem For Farmworkers, Meatpackers

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Despite being at-risk, essential workers, many who work in farming or meatpacking still lack access to coronavirus testing. Farmworker advocates say that doesn't bode well for vaccination outreach.


'I've Tried Everything': Pandemic Worsens Child Mental Health Crisis

Monday, January 18, 2021

When schools closed last spring, children with severe mental illnesses were cut off from the services they'd come to rely on. Many have since spiraled into emergency rooms and even police custody.


2 Counties In Illinois Have Opposite Effects Controlling Pandemic

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Illinois is seeing big spikes in COVID-19 cases that appear, in part, to be related to the political stance being taken by some county officials in regards to safety protocols.


Woman Shares Story Of Double-Lung Transplant To Treat COVID-19

Saturday, September 12, 2020

A small number of COVID-19 patients have survived after getting a double-lung transplant. One of those patients, Mayra Ramirez, shares the story of her surgery and ongoing recovery.


Swab, Spit Or Stay Home? A Wide Variety Of Plans To Keep Coronavirus Off Campus

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Colleges are rolling out a dizzying diversity of COVID-19 containment plans for students and staff. Some have no plans for routine testing, while others aim to test everyone on campus twice a week.


'She Was So Sick': From COVID-19 Diagnosis To A Double Lung Transplant

Monday, August 17, 2020

After six weeks on a ventilator, she was dying of COVID-19. But doctors took a gamble and gave Mayra Ramirez a double lung transplant. Now she shares what it's like to come back from the brink.


1st-Known U.S. Lung Transplant For COVID-19 Patient Performed In Chicago

Friday, June 12, 2020

A young woman in her 20s was healthy before the coronavirus struck her. After two months on a ventilator and ECMO device, her transplanted lungs are now working.


A Switch To Medicaid Managed Care Worries Some Illinois Foster Families

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Illinois is switching thousands of children who rely on Medicaid to managed care plans. It's meant to save money, but in the past such moves have caused disruptions in treatment.


When Teens Abuse Parents, Shame and Secrecy Make It Hard to Seek Help

Friday, November 29, 2019

Most people think domestic violence involves an adult abusing an intimate partner or a child, but children can also threaten, bully and attack family members. Some abused parents are speaking out.


A Young Immigrant Has Mental Illness, And That's Raising His Risk of Being Deported

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Behavioral problems, criminal arrests and limited access to health care leave a father worried that his 21-year-old son will be deported to Mexico.


Most Inmates With Mental Illness Still Wait For Decent Care

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Nearly three years after the state of Illinois agreed in a court settlement to revamp mental health care in prisons and provide better treatment, a judge says the care remains "grossly insufficient."


To Get Mental Health Help For A Child, Desperate Parents Relinquish Custody

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Doctors told Toni and Jim Hoy their young son needed intensive, specialized care away from home — institutional services that cost at least $100,000 a year. Insurance wouldn't cover the cost.