I cover Medicaid and a wide variety of other health care-related issues for The State Journal-Register in Springfield IL. I previously worked at newspapers in Peoria, IL, Lafayette IN and Hammond IN. I'm a 1984 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dean Olsen Staff Writer @deanolsenSJR Researchers hope to have preliminary findings by March from a study of Sangamon County neighborhoods to determine those with the highest levels of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.The results, one of the researchers said, could be used by local hospitals and other organizations to target those neighborhoods for educational efforts and give doctors more strategies for reducing health complications from asthma and COPD.“We want to discover...
Dean Olsen Staff Writer @deanolsenSJR Some Springfield families are eating foods such as eggplant and peaches for the first time, while improving and diversifying their diets, because of a $15,000 grant from The Walt Disney Co. to the Central Illinois Foodbank.“Many kids haven’t had access to the most basic fruits and vegetables,” Kristy Gilmore, the Springfield-based food bank’s food and agency resources director, said at a news conference Thursday announcing the grant.The money will allow...
Dean Olsen Staff Writer @deanolsenSJR A Springfield woman’s hard work to become a nurse has made her a viral sensation on Facebook.More than 100,000 people have shared, and about 4,000 have commented on, Faye Lewis’ Sept. 6 photo of the various name badges she has worn since 2008 while working jobs to support herself and her son, A.J., now 7.“I was very surprised,” Lewis, 27, a registered nurse working full-time on an intermediate-care unit at Memorial Medical Center, said Thursday.She...
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Selecting a term
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