Author Archives: Stephanie O'Neill

About Stephanie O'Neill

Stephanie O’Neill (@ReporterSteph) is an independent journalist who reports for Kaiser Health News and California Healthline. Her multi-platform journalism career includes reporting for public radio, public television, newspapers and magazines.

Housing as a prescription on the journey to well-being

Photo: Circle the CityA Circle the City Medical Respite Center patient interacts with a therapy dog. The center is a 50-bed facility serving ill and injured adults experiencing homelessness.

PHOENIX – Lack of housing is a significant health issue in the United States that is shortening the life expectancy of the nation’s growing homeless population.

“If you don’t have a house you’re at much greater risk of dying sooner,” said Stacey Millet, director of Health Impact Project during the Housing, Homelessness and Health session on April 13 at Health Journalism 2018. Continue reading

All in the family: When medical experts disagree #ahcj13

Photo by Len BruzzeseJerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband.

Oncologist Jerome Groopman and endocrinologist Pamela Hartzband both attended Ivy League medical schools. He went to Columbia. She went to Harvard. They both spent their residencies at Massachusetts General. They’re both Jewish. And they’re husband and wife.

But ask them their opinion on a particular medical treatment and you’re likely to get the opposite advice. Continue reading