Nearly two years into COVID, worker safety is still a concern at meatpacking plants

DES MOINES — In late October, Debbie Berkowitz, a worker safety and health expert and former senior policy advisor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, shared shocking statistics with the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis about the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on workers at meatpacking plants. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s4780019/audio/2021/12/se-plants-politics-mixweb.mp3 Listen to this story […]

How one Indiana town is reinventing emergency medical services

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — It’s a late-September morning and paramedic Darren Forman steps up to a front door showered with dried corn stalks and fall-themed decor. Forman, holding a bag in one hand and a scale in the other, has arrived for his second appointment of the day. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s4780019/audio/2021/10/communityparamedicinemixdownfinalweb.mp3 Listen to this story here. Ashley Newkirk, […]

Rural Illinois doesn’t have enough health workers, and the pandemic made it worse

SPRINGFIELD — Nearly every county in Illinois doesn’t have enough primary care, mental health and dental providers, according to a new report by the Rural Health Summit. The issue is most acute in the state’s rural counties, including southern Illinois. The report, produced by a consortium of health care professionals, finds the coronavirus pandemic exacerbated […]

Why A Hard-Sell Pitch For COVID Vaccines Won’t Work In This Rural Illinois Town

CAIRO, Ill. — Lee Wright was hard at work, constructing a nail salon near the abandoned hospital in Cairo, Ill., when Jody Johnson stopped by to introduce himself on a recent afternoon. Johnson, who works for the University of Illinois Extension program, chatted with Wright casually in the summertime heat. For Johnson, it was the […]

As Iowa Opens Up, COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Continue To Slow

IOWA CITY — On a hot evening at the Broadway Neighborhood Center in Iowa City, home to the University of Iowa, student volunteers set up a mobile COVID vaccination clinic among the apartment complexes that house many immigrant and refugee families. But the clinic struggled to attract residents. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s4780019/audio/2021/07/se-vaccineupdateweb.mp3 Listen to this story here. Andrew […]

As Pandemic Weighs On Children’s Mental Health, Some Iowans Struggle To Find Help

DES MOINES, Ia. — Janette Lems said the trouble for her kids really began when they started school last fall. Her 7-year-old daughter struggled with being limited to interacting with just several kids who didn’t include her friends, and her 5-year-old son was displaying a lot of anger and aggression. https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s4780019/audio/2021/05/se-kids-mental-healthweb.mp3 Listen to this story […]

Rural Areas Lag In Vaccination Rates, CDC Report Shows

COVID-19 vaccination rates are lower in rural counties than in urban counties, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Nationwide, the vaccination rate among adults in urban counties is 45.7%, but only 38.9% of adults are vaccinated in rural counties. The disparity persists among different age groups and genders. […]

Pritzker Concerned About Increasing COVID-19 Cases In Rural Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 1,585 new cases of COVID-19 statewide on Saturday, and an additional 125 deaths. The total number of cases across Illinois stands at 29,160 cases with 1,259 deaths across 93 of the state’s 102 counties. Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced during a news conference Saturday that the state has yet […]