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Katheryn Hughton

Katheryn Hughton

Katheryn Houghton writes for Kaiser Health News, a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues. Together with Policy Analysis and Polling, KHN is one of the three major operating programs at Kaiser Family Foundation. KFF is an endowed nonprofit organization providing information on health issues to the nation.

Kiki Radermacher, a therapist, was one of the first members of a mobile crisis response unit in Missoula, Montana, which started responding to emergency mental health calls last year.

In mental health crises, a 911 call can now bring a team of helpers — and maybe no cops

By: - June 15, 2021

  By the time Kiki Radermacher, a mental health therapist, arrived at a Missoula, Montana, home on an emergency 911 call in late May, the man who had called for help was backed into a corner and yelling at police officers. The home, which he was renting, was about to be sold. He had called […]

Dr. Laurel Desnick, county health officer in Park County, Montana, administers a covid vaccine to a senior at Park High School.

Only 1 vaccine is OK for older teens. It’s also the hardest to manage in rural America.

By: - April 23, 2021

As states expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to allow shots for 16- and 17-year-olds, teens in rural America may have trouble getting them. Of the three vaccines authorized in the U.S., currently only one can go to that age group: the Pfizer-BioNTech shot. That vaccine comes in 1,170-dose packages at minimum and expires after five days […]