Midwest Correspondent Lauren Webser writes about the public health challenges, supply chain scrambles, rural health ramifications, and equity issues associated with the covid-19 pandemic from her hometown of St. Louis. She was a member of the KHN-AP reporting team on the Underfunded and Under Threat project on public health that won a gold AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award and the Online News Association’s University of Florida Award for Investigative Data Journalism. Formerly a health policy reporter for HuffPost based in Washington, D.C., while there she created “The Morning Email,” a weekday rundown of the news, and was the distinctive voice of HuffPost on Amazon Echo. She was a 2017 USC Annenberg Health Journalism National Fellow.
Clinics that treat sexually transmitted diseases — already struggling to contain an explosive increase in infections such as syphilis and gonorrhea — now find themselves on the front lines in the nation’s fight to control the rapidly growing monkeypox outbreak. After decades of underfunding and 2½ years into a pandemic that severely disrupted care, clinic […]