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COVID-19, remote learning left Miami high school seniors stressed, strained and struggling to catch up

By Justin Fernandez, Ajmaanie Andre, Kymani Hughes, Krystal Li and Angely Peña-Agramonte Urban Health Media Project Hannah Corcoran had her plan in place: after graduating from high school, the Miami teen wanted to attend her dream school, the San Francisco Art Institute, and major in art. But then came the COVID-19 pandemic. Hannah was forced...

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Systemic racism spurs COVID-19 to hit Florida communities of color harder

By Julianne Hill, Justin Fernandez, Gabriella Fuster, and Melissa Noda  Urban Health Media Project Florida’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic unmasked disparities in healthcare based on socioeconomic factors, disproportionately hurting communities of color in the state while exposing weaknesses in leadership, according to a Florida health expert. “We know from our country’s history that responding...

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Early screening for learning disabilities ‘would make a huge difference’

By Aileen Delgado, Courtney Curtis and Rick Hampson Urban Health Media Project              WASHINGTON -- Frank Pinckney wonders what his life could have been like if his parents and teachers had believed what he now believes: that as a child he had a learning disability, attention deficit disorder (ADHD) and suffered from trauma after a sexual...

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Correctional facilities: The Band-Aid to mental health

By Yesenia Barrios  Shawanna Vaughn had no choice. She was born in a prison hospital to an incarcerated mother.  She endured a tough childhood, only to land back in prison at 17, and continue the harmful cycle. “Nobody got to prison without adverse childhood experiences which turned into adult traumas,” said Vaughn, founder of Silent...

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Social media: A complex challenge for youth and parents to protect mental health

By Yesenia Barrios  Using social media– specifically apps like Instagram and Snapchat--requires tricky negotiation for young people to engage socially while avoiding its potentially intense toxic impact.  “Their brains are not fully formed, not fully myelinated—they’re more at risk for the addictive aspect of these devices and these apps, and (teens) have less protective factors,”...

‘Enough is enough — I am going to die’

Therapy Thursday panelists talk about the multiple obstacles victims face to leave an abusive relationship By Yesenia Barrios  From the outside, it looked like Roblyn Lewter had a good marriage with a wonderful man. But for years, what no one knew was that she endured violence by his hands, fearing for her life. Finally, she...

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Is back to school better or worse than pandemic eating, couch surfing at home?

Virtual schooling led to increased obesity in students, but cafeteria food offerings often not healthy By Julianne Hill and Gabriella Fuster As young people returned to the classroom this fall, they faced the dual challenges of undoing unhealthy eating and exercise habits developed during virtual learning and searching for healthy food choices in the cafeteria---issues...