Catherine Sweeney

Catherine Sweeney
Catherine covers health for StateImpact Oklahoma. She grew up in Muskogee and went to Oklahoma State University. She has covered politics and policy in Colorado's high plains, Oklahoma City and Washington, D.C. You can reach her at catherine@stateimpactoklahoma.org, @cathjsweeney on Twitter or 405-673-5226 on Signal.

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The Adderall shortage has made its way to Oklahoma.

The FDA announced a shortage of Adderall and its generics last month. Oklahomans have been jumping through hoops to get their medication.
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When Oklahoma voters choose a governor in November, they’ll be voting on the future of SoonerCare.

Gov. Kevin Stitt wants to fundamentally alter the state's Medicaid program. The gubernatorial election will determine whether he gets to.
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As pandemic response wanes, Oklahoma schools adapt to the end of universal free lunch

Some schools worked to continue offering free meals, but others have to go back to sending out free and reduced lunch applications and managing lunch debt.
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A new wastewater monitoring program means Oklahoma doesn’t have to rely solely on testing to find COVID and monkeypox.

Researchers at the University of Oklahoma started developing a monitoring program in 2020. Now, they're working with state health officials to scan for about a dozen pathogens.
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Oklahoma has a syphilis problem. The pandemic made it worse.

Oklahoma had the 4th highest rate of syphilis infections in 2020. Public health experts say that cases likely went up even higher when the pandemic put strain on the medical system.
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Oklahoma allows abortions in life-threatening situations, but how much danger is enough?

In Oklahoma and Texas, the laws don't clarify what counts as life-threatening. That leaves room for interpretation, and has already delayed critical care.
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Two more COVID strains have made their way to Oklahoma. Here’s what to know.

They're six times more contagious, but appear to be less damaging. That being said, long-term impacts are still a major risk, even if we aren't sure what they are yet.
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For years before the Saint Francis shooting, health workers have experienced on-the-job violence at alarming rates.

And they say the pandemic has made it worse. One nationwide survey of nurses found 44 percent of theme experienced physical abuse on the job in early 2020.
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Critics say Oklahoma’s abortion and Critical Race Theory crackdowns rely on fear

Vague laws leave residents wondering what’s legal and what isn’t. Opponents argue that is by design.
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