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Cassie Miller

Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.

Health workers sit at a table at a pop-up monkeypox vaccination clinic which opened today by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health at the West Hollywood Library on Aug. 3, 2022, in West Hollywood, California. California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Aug. 1 over the monkeypox outbreak which continues to grow globally. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Biden administration asks state, local officials to boost monkeypox vaccine outreach

By: and - August 18, 2022

The federal government is working closely with local and state health departments to provide information and vaccines at large-scale events the LGBTQ community is expected to attend.

Pa. Dept. of Aging launches unit to investigate financial exploitation of older adults

By: - August 17, 2022

The four-person unit known as the Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST), will be under the purview of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and consists of an analyst/supervisor, two analysts, and an attorney. FAST is funded for the next two years using $666,000 in federal grant funding.

State officials encourage Pennsylvanians to serve as poll workers ahead of November election

By: - August 16, 2022

In Pennsylvania, poll workers are paid for their time working on Election Day and counties provide the training necessary for the poll workers to perform their duties. 

State officials reaffirm access to reproductive health services post-Roe | Five for the Weekend

By: - August 13, 2022

“With the overturning of Roe v. Wade, we know that many people are confused and worried about getting the reproductive health care they need and deserve to keep themselves and their families healthy,” Department of Human Services acting Secretary Meg Snead said.

Western Pa. abortion providers say they are seeing an increase in out-of-state patients post-Dobbs

By: - August 11, 2022

The meeting, which was the third in a series of hearings on reproductive health care in post-Roe Pennsylvania, focused heavily on the impact that the increased patient load and confusing and contradicting legal landscape has had on the commonwealth’s abortion providers. 

Pa. Dems, abortion advocates see parallels in Kansas abortion rights vote

By: - August 10, 2022

The constitutional amendment, which was defeated by Kansas voters by a 60-40 margin last week, would have ended the right to an abortion in the state, according to the Kansas Reflector. 

Wolf admin. encourages parents, guardians to update immunizations for children ahead of school year

By: - August 8, 2022

A COVID-19 vaccine is not required for children to attend school, but state officials said Monday that the Wolf administration encourages the vaccine for children five years of age and older. 

Pandemic debt, childcare responsibilities exacerbates struggles for women | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - August 8, 2022

The Family Voices Amplified survey, which polled 637 women from over 15 different cities across the United States, found that the majority of participants have had to take on debt since the COVID-19 pandemic due to a reduction in working hours due to increased caregiving responsibilities.

New advisory group aims to improve pregnancy, postpartum care in Pa. | Five for the Weekend

By: - August 6, 2022

Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced the creation of an advisory group to improve pregnancy and postpartum care support across the commonwealth. 

Local health officials, orgs educate communities on Monkeypox emergency | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - August 5, 2022

Good Friday morning, all.  ICYMI: The Biden administration declared a public health emergency for Monkeypox on Thursday afternoon as the U.S. recorded more than 6,600 cases nationwide. The declaration comes nearly two weeks after the World Health Organization declared the virus an “emergency of international concern.” Federal officials report that a formal emergency declaration will allow the administration to expand testing and vaccine access.  Department of Health and Human Services […]

Feds: Small business loans to diverse owners increase across eastern Pa. | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - August 4, 2022

The U.S. Small Business Administration's Eastern Pennsylvania District, which is made up of 40 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties, reported that the SBA 7(a) loan, its standard small business loan program, saw "significant gains" in loans to underserved communities over the past year. 

State lawmakers, advocates present shared environmental action plan | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - August 3, 2022

The group of more than 30 environmental advocacy organizations presented a plan, called "A Shared Vision for Pennsylvania's Environment and Communities," which they say will create jobs and protect families.