The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility construction site in February 2019.

Brian Grimmett/Harvest Public Media

April 04, 2019 - News Local/State

The Other Manhattan Project

In the wake of Sept. 11, federal officials said the United States needed a new, state-of-the-art facility to defend against bioterrorism and stop diseases that could devastate the country’s farm economy and threaten human lives. They chose Manhattan, Kansas, as the site of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. 

homeless person in the cold

Kiichiro Sato/AP

April 03, 2019 - News Local/State

Experts Gather To Discuss Link Between Poverty & Health, Explore Solutions

Poverty can lead to negative health outcomes, and a group of public health and policy experts will gather this week to craft a strategy to address the problem. The events taking place in Urbana and Chicago on Thursday and Friday, respectively, are open to the public and hosted by the University of Illinois Epstein Health Law and Policy Program.



March 27, 2019 - News Local/State

For Black Women, Access To Birth Control Comes With Heavy Baggage

Some doctors see access to birth control as a tool in the fight to decrease maternal and infant mortality. Indiana has one of the nation’s worst rates of new mothers and infants dying, and those rates are even worse for black women. But a history of abuse has led to distrust of health care professionals in communities of color. 

Carrie Vickery, vice president of Illinois Friends of Midwives.

Courtesy of Carrie Vickery

March 26, 2019 - News Local/State

Home Birth Advocates Call On Lawmakers To Address ‘Maternity Care Crisis’ In Illinois

A small but growing number of U.S. women are choosing to have their babies at home. In more than 30 states, including most of the Midwest, it’s legal for certified professional midwives – trained specifically in home birth – to assist them. Illinois is not among them; but the state Senate wants to study the issue.

Portrait photo of Karina Villa.

Jonathan Laureano

March 20, 2019 - News Local/State

Rookie Lawmaker Making Mental Health A Priority

State Rep. Karina Villa is a 40-year-old Democrat representing West Chicago. She's one of dozens of fresh faces at the Illinois State Capitol this year and also one of seven lawmakers in the House of Representatives whose election flipped a red seat blue -- from Republican to Democrat.

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