We're working on a new version of PRX. Want a sneak peek?

Side Effects Public Media

GroupAccount image

We're a health news initiative exploring the impacts of place, policy and economics on America's health. Our reporting sheds light on root causes of community-wide health problems—from chronic disease, to mental health and addiction, to infant mortality—and on new efforts to solve them.

We are headquartered at WFYI Public Media in Indianapolis, and work in partnership with KBIA in Columbia, Missouri; St. Louis Public Radio; Illinois Public Media in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois; WNIN in Evansville, Indiana; and WOSU Public Media, in Columbus, Ohio. We also work with contributing reporters from other public radio stations around the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. We're intent on telling stories from under-covered communities and hidden-away places.

Pieces

Caption: PRX default Piece image
Last Friday, Kentucky became the first state with federal approval to implement a so-called work requirement for Medicaid recipients. The commonwea...

  • Added: Jan 15, 2018
  • Length: 01:12
Piece image
Addiction to heroin can trap women in a life of sex work and often leave them at risk of exploitation by human traffickers. One national hotline ha...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Jan 10, 2018
  • Length: 03:41
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
When the hospital closed in rural Ellington, Missouri, a town of about 1,000, the community lost its only emergency room, too. About 700 rural comm...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2018
  • Length: 04:00
Piece image
In 2015, Indiana legalized syringe exchange programs to prevent spread of HIV and hepatitis C. Yet unlike other states, which let programs continue...

  • Added: Dec 28, 2017
  • Length: 03:44
Piece image
To avoid prescribing opioid painkillers to someone who’s addicted, doctors can check their patients’ prescription history in a database. But these ...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2017
  • Length: 03:18
Piece image
Since it started in Harlem in the 1980s, ballroom culture has been an anchor for LGBTQ black and Latinx communities everywhere. At each ball, conte...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: Dec 07, 2017
  • Length: 03:37
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Dr. Jay Joshi's patients uses telemedicine to compliment patients' opioid addiction treatment
When President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency in late October, it triggered a regulatory change intended to make it e...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh and KRPS


  • Added: Nov 29, 2017
  • Length: 03:20
  • Purchases: 2
Piece image
Four years ago the Pemiscot County hospital, the lone public hospital in Missouri’s poorest county, nearly closed. What’s keeping it in business to...

  • Added: Nov 22, 2017
  • Length: 03:31
Piece image
In 13 states, teens in labor cannot consent to their own health care. They can receive emergency services, but nothing considered to be elective. F...

Bought by WAMC and WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: Nov 15, 2017
  • Length: 03:13
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Officer Ron Meyers in Ross County, Ohio., Credit: Seth Herald/Side Effects Public Media
After a string of fatal overdoses last year, a team of law enforcement officials and treatment experts from southern Ohio formed the Post-Overdose ...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: Oct 16, 2017
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: A hygienist numbs a patient in preparation for a tooth extraction at Smiles of Hope., Credit: Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/Side Effects Public Media
In many low-income communities, especially in rural areas, charity clinics provide dental care for a population whose needs are not fully met by th...

Bought by KRPS, WRST-FM Oshkosh, and KSFR


  • Added: Oct 12, 2017
  • Length: 03:43
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Dana Garber helps patients with transition-related medical care at the Peoria, Ill. Planned Parenthood. , Credit: Cass Herrington/Side Effects Public Media
It’s still rare to find clinics outside of major cities that offer transition-related medical care. But Planned Parenthood has started offering the...

Bought by WAMC, WRST-FM Oshkosh, and KSFR


  • Added: Oct 12, 2017
  • Length: 03:44
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Janice McClain poses beside the Use What You've Got Prison Ministry bus, which connects people with their incarcerated family members., Credit: Emily Forman/Side Effects Public Media
The lack of literal human connection in prison can take its toll on inmates and their families. A grassroots bus service in Indiana transports fami...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Oct 12, 2017
  • Length: 03:40
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Students wait on a bus during a tour of some of St. Louis' poorest neighborhoods., Credit: Carolina Hidalgo/St. Louis Public Radio
Every year, for the past 15 years, a group of first-year medical students in St. Louis, Missouri have boarded buses and taken tours through the som...

Bought by KSFR


  • Added: Sep 14, 2017
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Chelsea Goodlow and her daughter Kaylee at the Indiana Black Breastfeeding Coalition picnic in August., Credit: Sarah Fentem/ Side Effects Public Media
The "breast is best" message seems often to miss black women, who breast-feed at a rate much lower than other races. Why?

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Sep 12, 2017
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Current residents of the Wee Ones Nursery, Credit: Allison Greene/Indiana Women's Prison
A pregnant woman in prison typically has 48 hours with her baby after it’s born before it’s taken away. A program inside an Indiana women's prison ...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Aug 31, 2017
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Aaron Murray pops a wheelie at the ParaQuad gym in St. Louis, Credit: Durrie Bouscaren
For every person shot and killed in the U.S., there are two who make it out alive. Those close calls can leave victims with a lifelong disability...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: Aug 29, 2017
  • Length: 03:35
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Krista Brucker, emergency physician and director of Project Point., Credit: Jake Harper / Side Effects Public Media
Thousands of people overdose every year across the U.S. The ones who survive are often taken to emergency rooms. In 2014, there were 538,100 opioid...

Bought by WOSU


  • Added: Aug 22, 2017
  • Length: 03:42
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
For thousands of moms with opioid addiction, this is their struggle: keeping their disease under control during and after pregnancy, in order to ke...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2017
  • Length: 04:30
Caption: Phillip Kirby sys he felt pressured into taking Vivitrol for his heroin addiction by his drug court treatment program. "Like I couldn't come into the program until I got it," he says., Credit: Jake Harper / Side Effects Public Media
Some courts offer participants a full range of evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment. Others don't allow addiction medi...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2017
  • Length: 05:55