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Coronavirus Files: Vax mandates take off and mask requirements return

Pandemic aid programs cut the number of poor Americans by almost half between 2018 and 2021. What will happen when these programs end?
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My infant son caught COVID-19 at day care

Child care workers are not required to get the vaccine — yet.
Employees are vaccinated at an Amazon fulfillment center in March in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

A growing number of employers require COVID-19 shots

Infections and deaths are soaring just as people return to jobs in person. Should workplaces make vaccination mandatory?
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Latinos in need turn to paid clinical trials as ‘full-time jobs,’ raising deep concerns

Some have turned to clinical trials as a way to support themselves — but at what cost?
A nurse checks vitals on a Navajo woman complaining of virus symptoms at a COVID-19 testing center in Monument Valley, Arizona i

Journalists and providers share stories of Native American health during COVID-19

Candid reflections and takeaways from a brutally awful year in Indian County.
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What does the growing shared parenting movement mean for children’s well-being?

The idea that both partners after a separation should have equal access to their children has garnered more attention in recent years.
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Dr. Leana Wen shares her top pandemic lessons – and where reporters should go from here

Why we need to expand the public health ecosystem, and other lessons from the prominent columnist and physician.
 Albert Gutierrez waits for his COVID-19 vaccine at Texas Vista Medical Center in March 2021.

Unequal access to medical care is a hard reality for some San Antonio residents

In the nation’s seventh largest city, access to medical care really depends on where you live.

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More than 100 anti-transgender rights bills were introduced in state legislatures this year. Many focus on children and teens. Join us for our next Health Matters webinar, where we'll explore the health and well-being of transgender youth as states such as Arkansas and Tennessee seek to limit their rights. Our expert panel will share the latest research, seed story ideas and offer reporting advice. Sign-up here!

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