covid-19

Farah Yousry

As healthcare workers in the U.S. received COVID-19 vaccines, many were relieved and hopeful. But doctors who are foreign-born also describe a bittersweet feeling.

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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. 

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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. 

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.

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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.

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Read this article in English here.

Durante más de una década, Saraí ha sido una trabajadora agrícola que ha cultivado maíz y soya en los campos del centro de Illinois. Se mudó de México a los Estados Unidos para encontrar un trabajo que le permitiera mantener mejor a su familia.

Woman With Disability Adjusts After COVID Interrupts Work

Jan 27, 2021
Glenda Konkopka

As a person who likes to stay busy, Chelsea Davis had a hard time adjusting when COVID shut down her places of employment and volunteering. Seth Johnson interviewed her for Side Effects Public Media as part of an audio diary project for our Move to Include series.

Runner With Disability Gives Students Message About Inclusion

Jan 26, 2021

Andrew Peterson isn’t one to stay still, but he’s had to get creative since COVID cancelled the marathons and competitions he’d normally be running in. Seth Johnson interviewed him and his father for Side Effects Public Media as part of an audio diary project for our Move to Include series.

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The CEO of IU Health is speaking publicly about racism as a public health crisis, and says Black leaders in the organization want more training dedicated to being “actively anti-racist” in culture. 

Natalie Krebs / Side Effects Public Media

The work that people in public health do is often not very visible. It’s usually focused on long-term impacts like improving maternal health and encouraging flu shots. But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. last spring, public health workers were thrown into the spotlight seemingly overnight. And this sudden shift has taken a huge toll on them. 

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As soon as COVID-19 hit, there was a massive jump in telemedicine visits. A Centers for Disease Control study found that in March 2020 there was a 154% increase compared to the previous year.

Now it’s clear the coronavirus has dramatically changed the way Americans get medical care. But some of these virtual options remain out of reach for the most vulnerable populations, like seniors.

Jake Harper | Side Effects

The Indiana Department of Correction will conduct a "comprehensive review" of the Indiana Women’s Prison, according to an email sent to staff on Friday. 

The department will examine the facility’s “operations, programs, treatment services, maintenance and situational readiness.” The email says the decision to conduct the review follows complaints about the prison over the past couple of years. 

Preguntas Sobre COVID-19 - English Version

Jan 14, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the Latino community particularly hard, and information about the virus is not always readily available in Spanish at the local level. To answer questions and fill information gaps, Side Effects Public Media convened a panel of three health workers who work closely with Latino Hoosiers throughout the state. Side Effects reporter Sebastián Martínez Valdivia spoke with Gabriela Lemus, community health worker for Health Visions Midwest in Fort Wayne; Indianapolis-based pulmonary disease specialist Dr. Jorge Morales-Estrella; and Guillermo Guevara, community health worker and multicultural liaison at Echo Division Street Family Clinic in Evansville.

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At Riley Hospital for Children there's been a jump in emergency room visits related to mental health and suicide. From March to December, these visits increased 61 percent compared to the same months in 2019.

Hilary Blake, a psychologist at the Indianapolis hospital, says there is a mental health crisis in Indiana.

¿Preguntas Sobre COVID-19?

Jan 8, 2021

La pandemia de COVID-19 ha golpeado particularmente fuerte a la comunidad latina, y a veces la información sobre el virus no está disponible en español a nivel local. Para contestar las preguntas y remediar la falta de información, Side Effects Public Media convocó un panel de tres trabajadores de salud que trabajan atentamente con los Hoosiers latinos por todo el estado. Sebastián Martínez Valdivia, periodista de Side Effects, habló con Gabriela Lemus, promotora de salud con Health Visions Midwest en Fort Wayne; el Dr. Jorge Morales-Estrella, especialista en enfermedades pulmonares en Indianápolis; y Guillermo Guevara, trabajador de salud comunitaria e intermediario multicultural en Echo Division Street Family Clinic en Evansville.


La pandemia de COVID-19 ha golpeado particularmente fuerte a la comunidad latina, y a veces la información sobre el virus no está disponible en español a nivel local. Para contestar las preguntas y remediar la falta de información, Side Effects Public Media convocó un panel de tres trabajadores de salud que trabajan atentamente con los Hoosiers latinos por todo el estado. Sebastían Martínez Valdivia, periodista de Side Effects, habló con Gabriela Lemus, promotora de salud con Health Visions Midwest en Fort Wayne; el Dr. Jorge Morales-Estrella, especialista en enfermedades pulmonares en Indianápolis; y Guillermo Guevara, trabajador de salud comunitaria e intermediario multicultural en Echo Division Street Family Clinic en Evansville.


How This School Nurse Handles Work During COVID-19

Jan 8, 2021
Courtesy Of Jen BarbouRoske

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for Midwestern school districts as they balance their students’ education and safety. At the forefront are school nurses, who are responsible for screening kids for COVID-19, notifying parents and even contact tracing. And that’s on top of their regular duties.

Chicago Mural Honors COVID's Essential Workers

Jan 6, 2021
Judith Ruiz-Branch

On Chicago’s Southwest side, a colorful mural pays tribute to America’s essential workers. It features three of the community’s very own: Rosalinda, a retail clerk; Javier, a postal carrier and Juan, a butcher shop worker. Underneath their portraits are the words El Corazon de Chicago: The heart of Chicago.

COVID-19: El Proceso De Vacunación

Dec 28, 2020
Courtesty of Indiana State Department of Health

A medida que comienza el proceso de vacunación, America Amplified recopila y organiza las respuestas de los peritos ante las preguntas de los oyentes de la radio pública de todo el país. Estas preguntas provienen de nuestras emisoras asociadas.

Para la versión en inglés, haga clic aquí.

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On Dec. 4, Dr. Susan Moore posted a video from her hospital bed in the Indianapolis area. Short of breath and with an oxygen tube in her nose, she said that she was denied proper care while being treated for COVID-19.

Less than three weeks later, she died from the virus. 


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