SANTA ROSA, Calif. — They knew the neighborhood would revolt. It was early May, and officials in this Northern California city known for its farm-to-table dining culture and pumped-up housing prices were frantically debating how to keep covid-19 from infiltrating the homeless camps proliferating in… Read More »‘Go Ahead and Vote Me Out’: What Other Places Can Learn From Santa Rosa’s Tent City
SACRAMENTO — Gavin Newsom was just making a name for himself as mayor of San Francisco in 2005 when Blue Shield of California wrote him its first major check. USE OUR CONTENT It can be republished for free. The young, business-friendly Democrat had exploded onto… Read More »Blue Shield Spent Years Cultivating a Relationship with Newsom. It Got the State Vaccine Contract.
This story also ran on The Charlotte Observer. It can be republished for free. Kim Wagenaar has been preparing to bring covid-19 vaccines to western North Carolina for months. She’s signed up the community health center she operates in Asheville to receive and distribute the… Read More »Farmworker Camps to Urban Tent Cities: Tailoring Vaccine Info to Where It’s Most Needed
CHICAGO — Ben Barnes has slept in abandoned buildings, hallways and alleys. For the past year or so, he’s been staying at the city’s largest homeless shelter, Pacific Garden Mission, in the shadows of the famous skyline. “I’ve always considered myself homeless because I don’t… Read More »Homeless Shelters Grapple With COVID Safety as Cold Creeps In
California Healthline correspondent Angela Hart discussed how the coronavirus pandemic has derailed California’s efforts to deal with homelessness on KPBS “Midday Edition” on Oct. 8. Click here to hear Hart on KPBS Read “Hard Lives Made Harder by COVID: Homeless Endure a ‘Slow-Moving Train Wreck,’”… Read More »KHN on the Air This Week
CALEXICO, Calif. — The message wasn’t lost on Daniel Gonzalez. Early in the pandemic, one of the first things Imperial County did to ward off the virus was close the public bathrooms and, later, public cooling centers. In this sprawling Southern California desert, where summer… Read More »Hard Lives Made Harder by COVID: Homeless Endure a ‘Slow-Moving Train Wreck’
KHN senior correspondent Markian Hawryluk joined KUNC’s Henry Zimmerman on “Colorado Edition” to discuss his recent story about an outbreak of trench fever, a rare disease carried by body lice. Public health officials are trying to find a common thread among the four cases identified… Read More »Listen: Outbreak of Trench Fever Grips Coloradans
DENVER — Dr. Michelle Barron, medical director of infection prevention and control at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, received an unusual call last month from the microbiology lab: confirmation of the third case this year of trench fever, a rare condition transmitted by body lice… Read More »An Ickier Outbreak: Trench Fever Spread by Lice Is Found in Denver