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Side Effects Public Mediapublic health, personal stories.

We’re a health news service exploring the impacts of place, policy and economics on Americans’ health.

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Our award-winning reporting centers personal stories as we expose injustices, explain complex policy issues and highlight solutions to longstanding health inequities.

Focus areas include: mental health and addiction, rural health, criminal justice, health inequities caused by barriers to care for marginalized communities.

We're headquartered at WFYI in Indianapolis and work in collaboration with reporters based at: 

  • Iowa Public Radio (Des Moines, Iowa) 
  • KBIA (Columbia, Missouri) 
  • WFPL (Louisville, Kentucky) 
  • WSIU (Carbondale, Illinois) 

We also partner with the Indianapolis Recorder, one of the nation's longest-running Black newspapers; WNIN's ¿Qué Pasa Midwest? podcast; and work with contributing reporters at NPR stations across the Midwest and Great Lakes regions.

Our stories reach national audiences through reporting partnerships with NPR, Kaiser Health News and Science Friday. Learn more about how to republish our work here.

Side Effects Public Media is a project of WFYI Public Media and is funded by individual contributions and grants from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. Previous funders include PRX, NIHCM and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

You can support Side Effects Public Media by making a gift to WFYI Public Media here.

Christine Herman
Managing Editor, Side Effects Public Media