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Watch: Crossing State Lines for Abortion Care

[embedded content] Since last week’s Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, one state after another has outlawed abortion. Illinois is one of the few states in the middle of the country where people can still legally access abortion care. In this report co-produced by PBS NewsHour, KHN senior correspondent Sarah Varney traveled from Illinois’ […]

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States Fight Student Mental Health Crisis With Days Off

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Linnea Sorensen falls into a funk whenever her girlfriend of four years leaves for her six-month stints with the Marines, and the high school junior has trouble concentrating on her class work. “I’m somebody who struggles with my mental health quite a bit,” said the 17-year-old, who attends school in this suburb […]

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Caskets Wrapped in Colorful Images Pay Tribute to Young Lives Lost to Trauma and Violence

Calyia Stringer had a smile on her face the day she posed for a photo with a yellow flower in her hand. The toddler beamed with pride as she showed off the bloom before handing it to her godmother, Jatoria Foster. “She was so happy,” Foster said. “That was one of the best memories I […]

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States Have Yet to Spend Hundreds of Millions of Federal Dollars to Tackle Covid Health Disparities

The Biden administration in March 2021 announced it was investing $2.25 billion to address covid health disparities, the largest federal funding initiative designed specifically to help underserved communities hardest hit by the virus. Two months later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded grants to every state health department and 58 large city and […]

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Officials Struggle to Regulate Pop-Up Covid Testing Sites — And Warn Patients to Beware

NEW YORK — In recent months, mobile covid-19 testing tents and vans have sprouted on urban sidewalks and street curbs as demand has skyrocketed in response to the rapid spread of the omicron variant. Some of the sites run by private companies offer legitimate, timely and reliable results, but others are more like weeds. High […]

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Deep Roots Help This Chicago Pharmacist Avoid Creating Another Drugstore Desert

CHICAGO — Del-Kar Pharmacy in the North Lawndale neighborhood has had a front-row seat to history. Martin Luther King Jr. bought his daily newspaper there when he lived in Chicago in the late 1960s. The Black Panthers’ local headquarters was a block away, and the pharmacy shared a building with the Conservative Vice Lords, a […]

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Centro comunitario hispano lidera la vacunación infantil contra covid en Chicago

Chicago.- Mientras la asistente médica se ponía guantes y preparaba la jeringa, Victoria Macías, de 5 años, con una máscara rosada de Minnie Mouse y una blusa blanca, giraba la cabeza y cerraba los ojos. “No va a doler, ¿OK? Tomaré tu mano, tomaré tu mano “, le dijo su hermana mayor, Alondra, de 8. […]

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‘Drinking Through a Lead Straw’ — $15B Approved to Fix Dangerous Water Pipes

HOUSTON — No one knows exactly how many lead pipes deliver water to homes, schools and businesses throughout America — or even where they all are. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates at least 6 million lead service lines exist. Environmental groups say it’s probably many more. What is known is that with every pot of […]

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Hygienists Brace for Pitched Battles With Dentists in Fights Over Practice Laws

This year, the Illinois legislature was considering measures to expand oral health treatment in a state where millions of people live in dental care deserts. But when the Illinois State Dental Society met with key lawmakers virtually for its annual lobbying day in the spring, the proposals to allow dental hygienists to clean the teeth […]

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These Schools Use Weekly Testing to Keep Kids in Class — And Covid Out

On a recent Monday morning, a group of preschoolers filed into the gymnasium at Hillside School in the west Chicago suburbs. These 4- and 5-year-olds were the first of more than 200 students to get tested for the coronavirus that day — and every Monday — for the foreseeable future. At the front of the […]