St. Louis

Cancer-Coaching Grandmothers Hold Hands, Lift Spirits

Oct 26, 2017
Carolina Hidalgo / St. Louis Public Radio

When a new friend threatened to cancel her mastectomy, Ella Jones’ mothering instincts kicked in.

“I went over to the bed, and I rubbed her and talked to her, and explained in general terms what was going to happen,” said Jones. “If she had gotten up out of that bed and left, she would have never done any treatment.”


Intense stress faced by new moms can also affect the emotional development of their baby. That's a good reason to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income mothers in states like Missouri, which didn't expand the program under the Affordable Care Act, a St. Louis child psychiatrist argued Tuesday.

Carolina Hidalgo / St. Louis Public Radio

Every year, for the past 15 years, a group of first-year medical students in St. Louis, Missouri have climbed on board three yellow school buses and headed north. 

Health Clinics At Transit Stops? St. Louis Takes A Look

Dec 15, 2015
Riders wait for the St. Louis light rail. The transit authority is considering building health clinics at some transit stops.
Dourrie Bouscaren / St. Louis Public Radio

Two Metro passes and a flu shot, please.

The company that operates Metro Transit St. Louis – the public transit system for the city and surrounding area – is looking into the possibility of building health clinics at light rail stops, particularly in low-income areas north of the city. Project manager John Wagner says the concept makes sense; the stops are easy to get to, there’s parking and they get a lot of foot traffic.

This story was produced by St. Louis Public Radio

Courtney Turner attends a physical therapy session at Ranken Jordan with therapist Angela McCullough.

The opening bars of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know” echo through a bustling therapy gym as 13-year-old Courtney Turner practices her physical therapy for the day: lip syncing.


A number of high-profile police shootings, including that of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last month, have led to increased scrutiny of police interactions with civilians.

One group that is disproportionately subject to police uses of force is people with mental illness. Many local departments hold special sessions to train officers about mental illness and how to help the people they interact with.