Public Health Reporting

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I’ve been reporting on it. But beyond breaking coronavirus news, I’ve written unique, human interest stories centered around public health that have had impact.
At a time when health workers were in dire need of protective equipment, a story I reported on a patchwork army of PPE printers resulted in a donation of raw plastic sheeting that enabled researchers to produce 50,000 additional face shields. I’ve also reported on death doulas, sex education, and mental health. 
3D Printing
One Way to Help Strapped Hospitals? Print PPE Using 3D Printers

Amid reports of PPE shortages, a patchwork army of 3D printer-users has emerged across the U.S.: Researchers, doctors and lone producers have gone to work, creating protective gear in labs, basements and home offices for health workers. NPR, March 28, 2020.

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Coronavirus Fears Prompt Suspensions Of Bans On Single-Use Plastic Bags

Some major grocery chains are not allowing shoppers to bring reused bags and lawmakers in a number of jurisdictions are rescinding the bans temporarily, citing health concerns prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. NPR, April 13, 2020. 

Elder woman and her caretaker
Doulas Are Becoming Part Of The End-Of-Life Equation

According to The New England Journal of Medicine, more people are choosing to die at home rather than in a hospital. It's a trend that's shifting how we think about care at the end of life. NPR, January 3, 2020.

Vaccine
Antibody Tests Go To Market Largely Unregulated, Warns House Subcommittee Chair

Coronavirus antibody tests have garnered attention from officials as a potential tool to evaluate people's immunity to the illness. But the majority of companies creating the tests have had little to no regulatory oversight. NPR, April 26, 2020.

Pride Parade
LGBTQ Youth Fight For Equality In Sex Ed In South Carolina Classrooms

Right now, it's illegal for teachers to bring up non-heterosexual relationships during health class in South Carolina, unless it's about sexually transmitted diseases. Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights are trying to force the state to change the 32-year old law. NPR, March 1, 2020.

Fishing Boat
Commercial Fishermen Struggle To Survive In The Face Of Coronavirus

Commercial fishermen are fighting to stay afloat while restaurants and global markets are shutting down to contain the spread of the virus. NPR, March 25, 2020.

Tomato Plant
Coronavirus Outbreak Hits Santa Cruz Farmworkers

For the first time since the pandemic started, COVID-19 outbreaks have been documented at agricultural workplaces in Santa Cruz. This story I reported was featured as the second segment in The California Report, linked below.  August 7, 2020.

In the Classroom
Gaining a deeper understanding of dyslexia

What if schools created curriculum so precise lessons were personalized to each student’s brain? That’s one long-term goal of a new partnership forged between the UC San Francisco Dyslexia Center and Chartwell School in Seaside, CA. The Monterey Herald, November 17, 2018.

Highway
On Nearly Emptied Roads, Motor Vehicle Fatality Rate Spikes By 14% In March

In March, as states across the country began implementing stay-at-home orders and commuters got off the road, traffic dropped, but a new National Safety Council report finds that the number of motor vehicle fatalities per miles driven increased by 14%. NPR, May 20, 2020.

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Farmers frustrated after tainted romaine tied to Central Coast

I helped report on an e-coli breakout that likely stemmed from central CA romaine for The Mercury News. November 27, 2018.

Cracked Rocks
Preparing for the next earthquake

New technology developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and partners could warn the public seconds to tens of seconds before an earthquake hits, giving enough time to drop, cover, and hold on. The Monterey Herald, October 18, 2018.

Delivery Men

The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Amazon and eBay to stop selling certain pesticide-containing products, many of which claimed to fight off and disinfect from the coronavirus. The orders also bar the e-commerce giants from selling products that contain toxic chemicals like chlorine dioxide and methylene chloride. NPR, June 11, 2020.

EPA Orders Amazon And EBay To Stop Selling Bogus Coronavirus-Fighting Products