Side Effects Public Media recently received questions from audience members through our texting group, the Midwest Checkup, about how the changes wrought by the pandemic may affect child development.
It's been a year since the COVID crisis began to dominate our lives. To mark that milestone, Side Effects is producing a series of non-narrated features in March that reflect on COVID's impact.
This community garden is offering Indianapolis high schoolers much-needed space to belong, innovate and "change their world".
Life After COVIDIndiana Public Broadcasting's talk show "All IN" discusses the growing concern around children's mental health.
Life After COVIDMore psychologists and social workers in schools. Early screening. Loan forgiveness for child psychiatrists serving rural areas. Fixing a strained system will take time. But COVID stimulus funds can speed up efforts across the Midwest.
Life After COVIDMonths long waitlists, out-of-pocket costs and a burgeoning mental health crisis is pushing care out of reach for some families.
Life After COVIDMeg Hartz spent four years trying to secure comprehensive mental health care for her son, and she believes he could have avoided in-patient treatment if she would not have faced so many delays and roadblocks.
Life After COVIDHospital ERs are being upended by a surge of children and adolescents in mental distress during COVID. Staff bring in snacks or queue up Netflix to keep them occupied as they seek beds in psychiatric centers. Private insurance can make the task harder.
Life After COVIDAcross the Midwest, there are not nearly enough psychiatrists, therapists or direct-care staff to treat a rising tide of young people spiraling into crisis. For these families, the strain can seem unbearable. It’s a story echoed across much of the country. This was true even before COVID-19.
A growing number of kids struggle with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. A new way of linking hospitals and schools may be the key to getting more of them help.
Side Effects Public Media was recognized by the Indiana Pro SPJ Awards for its coverage of the pandemic. The awards recognize outstanding work by broadcast, print and online journalists across the state.
Some Americans are taking on multiple jobs yet still struggling to make ends meet, and that is affecting their health and well-being. Researchers say low-quality, precarious employment is to blame, and it's disproportionately impacting African Americans and other minority populations.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use in kids ages 12 and older in mid-May. We asked members of the Indiana Two-Way and the Midwest Checkup for their questions and concerns about kids receiving the vaccine. Here are the answers to those questions.
Medicaid expansion has been a contentious issue across the U.S., and in Missouri, battle lines are drawn at the highest levels of government. State residents voted to expand the health insurance program. But the legislature balked at funding it and the governor says the state will not offer coverage to the estimated 250,000 newly eligible Missourians. That triggered a lawsuit on behalf of three people eligible under expansion. Side Effects Public Media's Sebastian Martinez Valdivia spoke with one of the plaintiffs' lawyers about the case.
The COVID pandemic has exposed deep flaws in the way America handles children’s mental health. More and more children are facing anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. But there’s a shortage of providers and services — and no quick way to increase them. As a result, many children and families are scrambling for help.
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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.
Side Effects is part of the America Amplified project, which aims to put people, not preconceived ideas, at the center of its reporting process.
Side Effects examines the health care challenges that refugees and immigrants face in the U.S.
Front-line workers on the COVID-19 crisis
Stories examining the effect of COVID-19 on rural health care.
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Across the country, many small rural hospitals are having financial problems. In less than a decade, more than a hundred have closed.
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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