Sam Whitehead

Sam Whitehead

Impending crisis: Americans with disabilities lack long-term care plans

By: - November 21, 2022

Thinking about the future makes Courtney Johnson nervous. The 25-year-old blogger and college student has autism and several chronic illnesses, and with the support of her grandparents and friends, who help her access a complex network of social services, she lives relatively independently in Johnson City, Tennessee. “If something happens to them, I’m not certain […]

States are housing high-needs foster kids in offices and hotels

By: - June 12, 2022

Isela Perez entered the custody of Georgia’s child welfare system at age 10. It happened after her father was deported and her mother left her and her brother alone in their home for two weeks, she said. Perez estimates she moved more than 20 times among group homes, mental health facilities and foster families. “A […]

Many states have yet to spend millions of federal money to tackle COVID

By: , and - May 22, 2022

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 […]