How a rural hospital broke language barriers to provide COVID vaccines to immigrants

SEYMOUR, Ind. — In the days leading up to her hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic, hospital administrator Bethany Daugherty carefully monitored pre-registrations. The numbers were low: only about 30 people signed up to receive their shot. “I thought, ‘Well, 30 is better than zero,’” said Daughtery, the health and wellness education specialist at the Schneck Medical […]

Some moms look to breast milk to protect kids too young to be vaccinated

Sara Freund’s son, Elijah, has an incurable kidney disorder. His medications suppress his immune system, making him especially vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus. Throughout the pandemic, the Freunds have been really careful. They sheltered in place in their Wisconsin home to protect Elijah as best as they could. Freund said they even kept Elijah’s older […]

As COVID overwhelms health departments, some scale back on contact tracing

CARBONDALE — After Jamie White tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 28, she didn’t receive any information on what to do for a full week. “When I tried to reach the health department, I was told they’re no longer doing contact tracing and was given a phone number to call,” said White, who lives in […]

Black Lives Matter Louisville Trying To Improve Community Health

LOUISVILLE — Outside a high-rise apartment building for seniors in Louisville’s West End, volunteer Harriett Rankin helped residents board a long white van to get their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Rankin has been with Black Lives Matter Louisville for about a year. She’s been to some protests downtown, many of which BLM Louisville […]

Black Patients Less Likely To Receive Diagnostic Imaging At Emergency Departments

https://cpa.ds.npr.org/s4780019/audio/2021/04/imaging-disparity4-mixdown.mp3 Black patients are less likely to receive diagnostic medical imaging during a hospital visit, studies show — and that might lead to a range of health disparities, experts say. X-rays, MRI exams and other imaging are among the first lines of defense in a hospital. If patients are not offered these services in a […]

Accessing Emergency Mental Health Care Often Challenging

INDIANAPOLIS — Late on April 15, Brandon Hole stepped out of his car at an Indianapolis FedEx facility. Armed with a rifle, he shot and killed four people outside before moving inside to kill four more. Then Hole, 19, turned the gun on himself. That night wasn’t Hole’s first interaction with police. In March 2020, […]