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The COVID-19 response plan that President Biden unveiled last week aims to dramatically increase the accessibility of rapid tests for the coronavirus.

The Biden administration announced it was spending $2 billion on 280 million quick-turnaround tests to be distributed to community health centers, food banks, testing sites, shelters, prisons and other congregate settings. It's also leaning on Walmart, Amazon and Kroger to sell rapid tests at wholesale cost for the next three months.

Parents and caregivers may have to wait until the end of 2021 before a COVID-19 vaccine is fully approved for young children ages 5 to 11. The news comes from Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, in an interview with NPR's Morning Edition.

Collins said both Pfizer and Moderna are still collecting trial data, trying to understand — among other things — whether young children should receive a smaller vaccine dose than what has already been approved for adults.

Updated August 18, 2021 at 3:27 PM ET

COVID-19 booster shots of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are set to become available for all U.S. adults beginning next month, the country's top health officials announced Wednesday.

If Ohio has some of the world's pre-eminent health care institutions, why does it continue to rank among the worst in the nation in health outcomes, especially considering the amount of money we spend? On the new episode of Prognosis Ohio, part of the WCBE Podcast Experience, Dan Skinner talks with Amy Rohling McGee, President of the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, and Zach Reat, HPIO's Director of Data Management and Analysis, about HPIO's 2021 Health Value Dashboard.

On the new episode of Prognosis Ohio, part of the WCBE Podcast Experience, Dan Skinner talks with former Ohio Senator Nina Turner about her run for U.S. Congress in the special election in the 11th Congressional district. The special election is being held to fill the seat vacated by Rep.

On the new Prognosis Ohio, part of the WCBE Podcast Experience, Dan Skinner talks with OSU dermatologist and researcher, Benjamin Kaffenberger, MD, about a study he is leading to develop new drugs that aim to relieve cancer patients of pain caused by cancer treatments, known as 'Hand-Foot Skin Reaction'.

On the latest episode of Prognosis Ohio, Dan turns over the interview mic to the show's Spring 2021 college intern, Ohio University student Claire McGee, who talks with Betsy Anderson, Executive Director of Serenity Grove, a not-for-profit level II transitional recovery home in Athens, Ohio. Under the direction of Women for Recovery, Serenity Grove provides a safe, transitional environment in wh

Building on several past episodes exploring pharmaceutical access and pricing in Ohio, Dan talks with Loren Anthes of the Center for Community Solutions and Antonio Ciaccia of 46Brooklyn about a paper (PDF) Loren recently circulated offering policy options for Ohio.

On a new, two-part episode of Prognosis Ohio, part of the WCBE Podcast Experience, host Dan Skinner talks with two legislators who are advocating for important funding priorities in biennial budget negotiations to support new mothers and children. Rep. Erica Crawley (D-Columbus, 26th House District) and Rep.

On the new episode of Prognosis Ohio, part of the WCBE Podcast Experience, host Dan Skinner talks with Max Filby, health and medicine reporter at The Columbus Dispatch. Topics include recent developments with vaccination supply and demand, a recent ebola scare, and lessons learned from the pandemic, both for reporting and for public health in Ohio.

On the new episode of Prognosis Ohio, part of the WCBE Podcast Experience, Dan Skinner talks with Andrea Hoffman, a sophomore at Ohio Northern University who lives with cystic fibrosis. Andrea shares her reflections on the pandemic, especially insofar as her pre-pandemic life already required that she take many of the same precautions that Ohioans have had to implement to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

On the new episode of Prognosis Ohio, Dan Skinner talks with author Brian Alexander about his new book, The Hospital: Life, Death and Dollars in a Small American Town. Topics include the state of the American health care system, with a particular focus on consolidation, inequality, and the relationship between hospitals and the economic and cultural lives of Americans, particularly in small towns and cities.

On the new episode of Prognosis Ohio, part of the WCBE Podcast Experience, Dan Skinner talks with Dr.

On the new episode of Prognosis Ohio, Dan Skinner talks with Kyle Strickland, a Columbus native, Harvard Law graduate, and advocate for racial and health justice.

On the new episode of Prognosis Ohio, Dan Skinner talks for the second time with Ohio State Senator Tina Maharath. Serving District 3, in Franklin County, Maharath is the top Democrat on Financial Institutions & Technology and the Local Government & Elections committees. She is also the first Asian-American woman elected to the Ohio Senate.

On this episode of Prognosis Ohio, Dan Skinner talks with Dr. Marium Husein, Ariunaa Bayanjargal, and Anna Cifranic of Ohio Clinicians for Climate Action.

 

 

On the new Prognosis Ohio, Dan Skinner talks with Aryeh Alex, Franklin Township Trustee, champion of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, Democratic Party campaign official, and advocate for Crohn's Disease patients. Listen as Dan and Aryeh put together the pieces of Aryeh's many contributions to Central Ohio. Topics include stigma around disease, social policy to support people with Crohn's, townships and local Ohio administration and politics, gerrymandering, and health professionals in politics.

On the new episode of Prognosis Ohio, a health and healthcare podcast (part of the WCBE Podcast Experience), Dan Skinner talks with Reverend Beth Long-Higgins, founding Executive Director of the United Church Homes Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging, and

Dan Skinner talks with Paige Pfleger, for the past few years a health and science reporter at WOSU Media, who is now on her way to WPLN in Nashville. Dan and Paige discuss her time in Ohio, the challenges and joys of covering stories intersecting with health, and how journalists can stay connected to communities in a rapidly-shifting journalism industry.

Dan Skinner talks with Mike Corey, Executive Director of the Human Service Chamber of Franklin County about how Ohio's non-profits have been doing through the pandemic, the consequences of the dreadful federal response to COVID19, and how you can can help support organizations doing important work in the community. Presented with lots of hope for 2021, utter disdain for 2020, and a few mostly unnecessary references to Sophocles and Wu-Tang Clan.

 

Rick Hodges, Executive in Residence at Ohio University and former Director of the Ohio Department of Health talks with Dan Skinner about Ohio's response to the COVID19 pandemic. Topics include differences between the current moment with COVID19 and Ohio's experience with ebola during Hodges' time at ODH; the frustrating politics of the current moment; and the federal response (or lack thereof) to COVID19.

Dan Skinner (follow here) talks with three public health law experts from Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law: Patricia Zettler (top left), Efthimios Parasidis (bottom left), and Micah Berman (bottom right).

November is Men's Health Month! On the new episode of Prognosis Ohio, part of the WCBE Podcast Experience, Dan Skinner talks with Mike Craycraft, testicular cancer survivor, clinical pharmacist, and founder of the Testicular Cancer Society. Topics include trends, research, and treatment for testicular cancer, as well as disparities and challenges in educating young people about about the disease.  

 

On the new episode of Prognosis Ohio, Dan Skinner talks with Dr. Sharon Parsons, a Bexley-based general dentist and the Immediate Past President of the Ohio Dental Association. 

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This week on Prognosis Ohio, Dan Skinner talks with Loren Anthes,  who is the William C. and Elizabeth M. Troyhaft Chair in Health Planning at the Center for Community Solutions, and leads Community Solutions’ Center for Medicaid Policy. He's also a lecturer at Ohio University's College of Osteopathic Medicine, located on the Cleveland campus.

 

On this week’s episode of Prognosis Ohio, Dan Skinner wraps up our 2020 candidate series with a discussion with Representative Kristin Boggs of House District 18—Dan’s district—about the importance of local state elections, and the state of Ohio health and healthcare politics.

On this week’s episode of Prognosis Ohio, Dan talks with Charles Gaba—blogger, website developer, healthcare analyst, and founder of ACASignups.net. Gaba has been tracking Obamacare enrollments as early as October 2013 to showcase the critical importance of the Affordable Care Act. 

 

On this week’s episode of Prognosis Ohio, we continue our 2020 candidate spotlight by talking with Sheryl Munson—a public defender of 26 years and supporter of restorative justice— about her candidacy for judge in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas against the current incumbent and former prosecutor, Judge Gina Russo .

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Accordingly, this week on Prognosis Ohio, Dan Skinner interviews Orman Hall, a distinguished expert on addiction, mental health, and suicide from Ohio University, about his and his colleagues' 10-year study on suicide in Ohio.

On this week’s episode Dan Skinner and his Co-Producer Mark Frantz talk with Mikey Sorboro—owner of Mikey’s Late Night Slice—about the legal battle over the 10pm restaurant curfew that Mikey and other local restaurant owners fought at the end of July. Currently, Gov. DeWine has called for alcohol sales to stop after the same 10pm marker.

 

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