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COVID Vaccine Outreach Still Spotty In Latinx Community

Through grainy video on a recent Facebook live event , Missouri health director Dr. Randall Williams explained who was currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. A moment later, an interpreter from the Mexican consulate in Kansas City provided a translation. The live stream was the consulate’s idea.

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Share Your COVID-19 Story With Us

It’s been nearly a year since Indiana reported its first case and death from COVID-19. We want to hear your stories about what’s changed in the last year.

Courtesy of Immigrant Welcome Center

With COVID-19 limiting gatherings, the Westside Community Development Corp. had to get creative for a recent wellness event. 

So it hosted a Health and Wealth event on Facebook to provide information on public health topics, including the vaccines. There were discussions with representatives from organizations such as local health departments, as well as live music performances.

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Laurie Johnson, warden of the Indiana Women’s Prison, is leaving her post. The change comes after the state corrections department began a “comprehensive review of all IWP operations” last month. 

Courtesty of Indiana Department of Health

As states distribute the COVID-19 vaccines, there are still plenty of questions about the process— and the vaccines. Here are some questions we received recently from community and audience members through our texting groups, the Midwest Checkup and the Indiana Two-Way. Answers come with help from health experts at Meedan’s Health Desk.

Rural Areas Face Challenges In COVID Vaccine Rollout

Feb 9, 2021
Natalie Krebs / Side Effects Public Media

Across the Midwest, the rollout of COVID vaccines has been spotty. Lots of people are having a trouble with online signups. And vaccine demand far exceeds supply. That’s made the process challenging, especially in rural areas. 

Knox County Public Library

As the COVID vaccine rollout continues, Midwesterners have a lot of questions about distribution plans — and the vaccine itself. One state is getting help from a surprising place: public libraries.

Questions About COVID Vaccines? Two Scientists Explain.

Feb 2, 2021
A man sitting in front of a lab bench, taking off gloves.
Keith Gagnon

The COVID-19 vaccines hold promise for ending the pandemic, and millions of Americans have received at least one shot. But 39% aren’t likely to get a vaccine, according to a December study from the Pew Research Center. One of the main reasons: a lack of trust in the research and development process.

Side Effects asked two scientists at Southern Illinois University’s School of Medicine about those reservations. 

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As a first-grader growing up on Indianapolis’ College Avenue in Meridian-Kessler, a trip to the local Double 8 Foods was a good day. The piles of produce, tight lines of tin-colored cans and aisles of abundant dairy products all signaled a home-cooked meal to come.

COVID Forces Artist With Disability To Pause Teaching

Jan 28, 2021

Johnson Simon, a painter and professor who has cerebral palsy, had his career plan interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. He spoke to Seth Johnson about his passion for teaching in an audio diary project for our Move to Include series.

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash.

When the pandemic sent children home from school nearly one year ago, it largely thrust education on the backs of parents as educators adjusted to a new reality.

A new national survey from Public Agenda finds that only about a third of parents think they can handle the challenge of educating their children. But it also finds that teachers and parents are in broad agreement that in-person teaching during COVID is dangerous.

Courtesy of Abbey Road On The River

Fairs and festivals play an important role in the culture and economy of communities across the Midwest. But the continued prevalence of COVID-19 could put them in jeopardy again in 2021.


Coronavirus: What You Need To Know

The new coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, have changed our lives in countless ways. Side Effects will explain the important medical issues, as well as their impact on the Midwest.

America Amplified

Side Effects is part of the America Amplified project, which aims to put people, not preconceived ideas, at the center of its reporting process.

Healthy In Any Language

Throughout 2019, Side Effects will examine the health care challenges that refugees and immigrants face in the U.S.

Essential Voices

Front-line workers on the COVID-19 crisis

Slammed: Rural Health Care and COVID-19

Stories examining the effect of COVID-19 on rural health care.

Rust to Resilience

Stories highlighting what climate change means for Great Lakes cities.

Seeking A Cure: The Quest To Save Rural Hospitals

Across the country, many small rural hospitals are having financial problems. In less than a decade, more than a hundred have closed.

A Quiet Crisis

Side Effects examines what responsibility schools have in this fight, and what counselors, teachers and administrators are doing to address this quiet crisis.

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Daily health news from public radio stations around the state.