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About Us

Side Effects Public Mediapublic health, personal stories.

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

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

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

We are a collaboration of journalists based at:

  • WFYI (Indianapolis, Indiana) — Side Effects headquarters
  • Iowa Public Radio (Des Moines, Iowa) 
  • KBIA (Columbia, Missouri) 
  • KCUR (Kansas City, Missouri)
  • Ideastream Public Media (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Louisville Public Media (Louisville, Kentucky) 

In addition, Side Effects works collaboratively with other Midwest NPR stations and local news outlets, including the Indianapolis Recorder newspaper. We also partner with Tradeoffs — a podcast exploring our confusing, costly and often counterintuitive health care system.

Our stories reach national audiences through reporting partnerships with NPR, Kaiser Health News, Science Friday and Tradeoffs.

Learn more about how to republish our work, or contribute to our collaboration, 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.

Farah Yousry
Managing Editor, Side Effects Public Media