Justine Griffin, Medical Reporter

Justine Griffin

Medical Reporter

I cover health and medicine for the Tampa Bay Times. That could be anything related to your health, from the evolution of health insurance to medical marijuana. I'm a native Floridian who grew up in Pasco County. Prior to covering health care, I was a business reporter writing about retail, tourism and other consumer topics. Before joining the Times in 2015, I worked for the St. Augustine Record, the Sun Sentinel and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where I gained national attention for my retail coverage and for a long-form article I wrote about my experience as an egg donor. I'm a graduate of the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!), where I studied journalism. I'm also an equestrian. My horse's name is Mikey.

Measles cases are on the rise, but some Tampa Bay parents won’t vaccinate their kids

England Miano, at her holistic health business in Safety Harbor, stresses the importance of diet, meditation and other strategies over traditional health care. Two of her children have not been vaccinated and she does not take them to a pediatrician. “I just encourage everybody to do their own research,
While health officials push a message that vaccines are safe and necessary, they often fail to connect with those who distrust traditional medicine.

Downtown Tampa needs a ‘medical district,’ hospital CEO says

Tampa General Hospital CEO John Couris wants to create a ?medical district,? working primarily with the University of South Florida. Clockwise from left, the district would include the hospital; a new free-standing emergency room; the University of Tampa and its nursing program; a new Tampa General rehabilitation center; USF?s training and simulation center, known as CAMLS; and the new USF medical school, still under construction. [Courtesy of Tampa General Hospital]
Tampa General Hospital leader John Couris envisions an area that would connect various health care specialties and help draw more doctors and researchers to Tampa Bay.

Officials blame technical error for false report of measles in Pasco

The Florida Department of Health recommends that anyone older than 12 months receive the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine for protection. Since January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 940 individual cases of measles in 26 states, the largest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994. [Associated Press]
The problem was traced to a website run by the Florida Department of Health. The agency had investigated an illness in Pasco, but it wasn’t measles.

Worker at Madeira Beach restaurant tests positive for hepatitis A

Taino Ortiz, 41, of Tampa, receives vaccinations during a Tampa Community Homeless Outreach event in September.  [Times (2018)]
Pinellas County has the highest number of hepatitis A cases in the state, with 210 so far in 2019. That’s already more than the 113 cases reported in the county for all of 2018.

New report shows Florida lags in health coverage for pregnant women

Keisha Walters, of Tampa, smiles at her six month-old daughter Zeeva Goldsmith on Dec. 19. A new report shows that Medicaid expansion can improve pregnancy care for child-bearing age women in Florida. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
Florida is one of 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid, and has one of the highest uninsured rates for women of child-bearing age.