Emily Forman

Health Reporter, WFYI

A long time before Emily joined WFYI, she wore pantsuits everyday. After graduating college with a degree in Economics, she worked as a business consultant for the Department of Defense. Some years later, she retired her pantsuits for something more natural - headphones, a mic, and a recorder. She learned how to make radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine. After, she moved to an Alaskan island where she reported on fishing violations and one non-fatal sea lion attack. Once she filled up on smoked salmon, she launched, reported, and hosted a two year radio series about gun violence in Milwaukee called Precious Lives. The series was nominated for a Peabody Award. One of the stories won Best News Feature at Third Coast.

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Nearly 100,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant in the U.S., but many will never get one. Instead they’ll stay on dialysis for the rest of their lives. A team of doctors in Philadelphia have found a possible solution to this problem, by infecting patients with a potentially fatal virus.

photo courtesy of Johns Hopkins University

The National Institutes of Health announced Monday the launch of a large scale clinical trial that will expand efforts to give more HIV positive transplant candidates new kidneys. The new study will track 160 kidney transplants.

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New research finds that fentanyl is far more common than heroin in overdose deaths in Indianapolis and that blacks are particularly affected.

In 2017, nearly half of the people who died from an overdose in Marion County, where Indianapolis is located, had fentanyl in their system. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 100 times stronger than morphine.


The Indiana Task Force on Public Defense is touring the state to hear from attorneys, social workers, and citizens about strains on the public defense system.

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When Ronson Rowley was a teen, he said he used to sneak into a nightclub called the Ten Bar. “It was the only black gay club here in Indianapolis,” he recalled. One night he ran into his uncle.

“He looked me dead in the face,” he recalled. “And [he] said what are you doing here? I said, the same thing you’re doing here.”

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At the National Black Caucus of State Legislators Conference in Indianapolis,  U.S. Surgeon General and former Indiana Health Commissioner Jerome Adam called for racial equity in addressing the opioid epidemic.