Sarah’s Recent Stories
Health Apr 21Strides against HIV/AIDS falter, especially in the South, as nation battles COVID
Public health resources have shifted from one pandemic to the other, and experts fear steep declines in testing and diagnoses mean more people will contract HIV and die of AIDS.
Health Feb 17How fears driven by years of anti-immigrant rhetoric are complicating vaccine rollout
The confluence of aggressive attitudes and a highly contagious virus has prompted concerns in some states that lackluster vaccination of people in the country without legal permission will short-circuit efforts to achieve herd immunity for the broader community.
Health Feb 13Democrat-led cities and states move toward universal health care on their own terms
Health care continues to be a top political issue. While some congressional Democrats consider universal health coverage, state and local governments are already pushing ahead with proposals to corral costs and broaden access to care, including for the undocumented. Special…
Politics Sep 21How the next Supreme Court justice could affect your access to birth control
The politics of abortion and contraception are converging in the Trump era. Administration officials are exploring changes to the federal program that funds birth control for low-income, uninsured women. And contraception access could be impacted heavily by the next Supreme…
Health Jul 17Sick Puerto Ricans are facing long waits to see the doctor
From 2006 to 2016, the number of doctors in Puerto Rico dropped from 14,000 to 9,000, an exodus hastened by Hurricane Maria. With so many doctors leaving the island, many low-income families must travel long distances for medical appointments, and…
Health Jul 11Amid new hurricane season, Maria still taking a toll on Puerto Rico’s elderly
As Puerto Rico enters another hurricane season, the island’s elderly residents find themselves especially vulnerable. A recent study found some 4,600 Puerto Ricans perished in the months following Hurricane Maria--including many who died because of delayed medical care. Special correspondent…
Health May 15By the numbers: Mental illness behind bars
There are now three times more people with serious mental illness incarcerated in the United States than in hospitals, and the types of behavioral and mental health problems among inmates are becoming more severe.