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Stephen Simpson's Blog

For years, statistics have shown that a person born in the Delta of Arkansas has a lower life... more »
posted 01/28/22
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Arkansas has shed light on the health disparities in the Delta... more »
posted 07/23/21

Stephen Simpson's Work

In 2021, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter Stephen Simpson won a grant from the University of Southern California’s Center for Health Journalism to work on a series about health disparities in the Arkansas Delta.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic pain and heart issues now plague David Chenault and he is required to see a list of specialists, but none of them are in that part of the Delta.
Before Ben Gilmore was a senator, he lived in the Delta in southeast Arkansas and witnessed firsthand the region's struggles with health care, infrastructure, education and more.