Talisa Dixon Begins As Columbus Schools Superintendent

New Columbus City Schools superintendent Talisa Dixon spent her first morning on the job touring two elementary schools and sharing her priorities for the future. Dixon previously served as superintendent of Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools in Cleveland, and before that as a Columbus school principal. Speaking at Trevitt Elementary in King-Lincoln, Dixon says the district’s struggle to meet achievement benchmarks keeps her up at … Continue reading Talisa Dixon Begins As Columbus Schools Superintendent

‘It Felt Like I Had Been Violated’: How Obstetric Violence Can Traumatize Patients

BY OLIVIA MILTNER Caitlin Larson’s first labor was proceeding smoothly. She’d had a healthy pregnancy, and she said her son had come down the birth canal “beautifully.” She’d only been in labor for eight hours. But the mood in the delivery room changed when her baby started to crown. Larson didn’t know her doctor or nurses, and she was exhausted. At one point, she started … Continue reading ‘It Felt Like I Had Been Violated’: How Obstetric Violence Can Traumatize Patients

New Wave Varieties Upset The Apple Cart

BY OLIVIA MILTNER Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala, Ohio, is packed every autumn with folks who come to pick more apples than they know what to do with. The trees are laden with ripe fruit, ranging from supermarket staples such as Red Delicious and Gala to the locally developed Melrose and the heirloom variety Winesap. For the past three years, though, Lynd has also sold … Continue reading New Wave Varieties Upset The Apple Cart

Beyond The Baked Potato

BY OLIVIA MILTNER The appeal of spring, summer and fall vegetables, with their bright colors and light textures, is an undeniable sign of freshness and bounty. Winter veggies stored away in a root cellar? Less romantic. But that doesn’t stop Columbus restaurants from employing some creativity so that you can eat local year-round. Celeriac is one of those strange root vegetables that find their way … Continue reading Beyond The Baked Potato

National Charities Give Less, By Half, To The U.S. South

BY OLIVIA MILTNER Rebecca Byrne wants to make a difference. She’s spent the past year and a half developing a hyperlocal philanthropic network in southwest Alabama, leading the creation of a veterans initiative to fund mental health and substance abuse treatments, among other programs. She has also started an initiative called Closing the Opportunity Gap that targets financially fragile families in the eight-county area. Byrne … Continue reading National Charities Give Less, By Half, To The U.S. South

A Whopping 1 In 3 Death Certificates List Wrong Cause Of Death

BY OLIVIA MILTNER New York City, in the early aughts, had one of the highest rates of heart disease deaths in the nation. Nearly 40 percent of deaths there were attributed officially to heart disease, according to Bob Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the National Center for Health Statistics. But the statistic didn’t align with New York’s risk factors for heart disease … Continue reading A Whopping 1 In 3 Death Certificates List Wrong Cause Of Death

An Epidemic Of Loneliness — Among Lawyers and Doctors

BY OLIVIA MILTNER Katie Davis spends her afternoons and evenings in therapy sessions with kids. As a clinical psychologist in private practice on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Davis helps young patients through severe anxiety, mood disorders and other mental health challenges in order to improve their educational attainment. She says she’s “taking on all of their struggles,” and she’s doing so without an outlet for … Continue reading An Epidemic Of Loneliness — Among Lawyers and Doctors

Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections May Not Be a Priority for Older Adults—But It Should Be

BY OLIVIA MILTNER When Mark S. King got his test results for HIV in 1985, he said it was like choosing to open a letter telling him when he was going to die. “There was nothing good that could come out of an HIV-positive test result,” King said in a recent phone interview with Rewire.News. “The only thing you could be sure of is you would … Continue reading Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections May Not Be a Priority for Older Adults—But It Should Be