Shalina Chatlani

Gulf States health care reporter

Shalina Chatlani is the health care reporter for the Gulf States Newsroom, a collaboration between NPR, WWNO in New Orleans, WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama and MPB-Mississippi Public Broadcasting in Jackson.

Shalina is based out of WWNO in New Orleans and covers health care access and inequity. Before that she was a science reporter for KPBS in San Diego and the Emerging Voices Fellow at WPLN in Nashville. Some of her reporting has looked at racial disparities in the coronavirus vaccine rollout and how the financial stress of the coronavirus pandemic is affecting communities of color in San Diego.

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Mary Williams is a strong believer in taking charge of her own health. It’s what she thinks about in her work as a nurse and it’s what she talks about in her monthly podcast. In a recent episode, she shared the story behind her passion.

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Traducción de Luis Rodrigálvarez.

Georgia Washington tiene 79 años y ha estado en cuarentena en su casa la mayor parte de la pandemia. Pero se ha mantenido ocupada cocinando algunas de sus comidas favoritas: alubias rojas, hojas verdes de mostaza, frijoles verdes con pescado, "a veces frito y a veces no".

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When Tulane University medical student Brad Johnson heard from a friend that defrosted doses of the COVID-19 vaccine might get thrown in the trash, he was upset. He knew so many people were desperate to get vaccinated.

Georgia Washington, 79, can't drive. Whenever she needs to go somewhere, she asks her daughter or her friends to pick her up.

She has lived in the northern part of Baton Rouge, a predominantly Black area of Louisiana's capital, since 1973. There aren't many resources there, including medical facilities. So when Washington fell ill with COVID-19 last March, she had to get a ride 20 minutes south to get medical attention.