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In SW Missouri: 'It's Becoming a Staffing Challenge to Take Care of the Rising Number of COVID Patients'

In SW Missouri: 'It's Becoming a Staffing Challenge to Take Care of the Rising Number of COVID Patients'

Amanda Hedgpeth is the vice president of hospital operations for the CoxHealth Hospital System based in Springfield, as well as their assistant commander for COVID-19 response.

She spoke about the current COVID-19 surge in Southwest Missouri, and about her concerns for her staff and community – as well as the rest of the state – if vaccination rates remain low and case numbers continue to rise.

HIV and Mental Health: 'A Lot of Times, They're Just Tired and Worn Out'

HIV and Mental Health: 'A Lot of Times, They're Just Tired and Worn Out'

Jannis Evans and Lynne Meyerkord both work in HIV advocacy. Jannis is the longtime advocate for people living with HIV and used to work in the field, and Lynne is the Executive Director at the AIDS Project of the Ozarks in Springfield.

I met up with them at the Jefferson City office of Empower Missouri.

They spoke about how the impacts and complications of an HIV diagnosis can go far beyond physical health.

HIV Prevention Medication: 'It's Not Being Rolled Out Equally for Women'

HIV Prevention Medication: 'It's Not Being Rolled Out Equally for Women'

Jannis Evans and Lynne Meyerkord both work in HIV advocacy. Jannis is the longtime advocate for people living with HIV and used to work in the field, and Lynne is the Executive Director at the AIDS Project of the Ozarks in Springfield.

I met up with them at the Jefferson City office of Empower Missouri.

They spoke about medications that have changed the way HIV is treated and about some of the people who could most benefit – specifically African American women.

'You Need to Take Care of Yourself to be Able to Take Care of Others'

'You Need to Take Care of Yourself to be Able to Take Care of Others'

Dawn Day is a sexual assault nurse examiner or SANE nurse and the sexual assault program coordinator at the Mercy hospital in Springfield.

She spoke about the stress it can put on nurses to take care of patients who are victims of sexual assault, and a little bit about how she and others deal with those stressors.

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