Margo Snipe - Health Equity Reporter

Health Equity Reporter

It is a passion of mine to report stories that give a voice to under-served and underrepresented communities. As a health equity reporter, I get to do just that — tell stories that make you feel something, spark dialogue, inspire deep thinking and reflection. I’m not a Florida native. In fact, I’m not really a native anywhere. I’ve lived in a handful of cities across the country and even spent 3.5 years living in Rome. When I’m not reporting, I’m chugging coffee, listening to music or figuring how to work out now that my days of playing collegiate volleyball are over. Reach out to me if you want to share your story or just chat.

  1. Florida Deputy Secretary for Health Dr. Shamarial Roberson, right, speaks to the media as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis looks on during a news conference Monday, March 2, 2020, in Tampa.
  2. Nurse Annette Shelton administers the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine last month to Bernice Wyche at Bethel Community Baptist Church in St. Petersburg.
  3. Tyler Rorah, 18, of Brooksville, receives a Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine shot from LPN Sonia Woods, right, while receiving his CDC (issued) Covid 10 Vaccination Card during his vaccination appointment on Monday, April 5, 2021, at Saint Leo University, which is serving as the host for the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution for East Pasco County.

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  4. The pandemic and last year's protests over racial justice have led to "a new awakening" that will improve health care, said advocate Lo Berry, the recipient of this year's Chiles Advocacy Award.
  5. Staff members from "Sparks," a student run magazine covering Asian American affairs at the University of South Florida, meets virtually on March 19, 2021 to discuss their reactions to the shootings at massage parlors in Atlanta.
  6. Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, speaks on the opening day of the 2021 legislative session earlier this month. On Tuesday, he announced legislation to expand postpartum Medicaid coverage for new mothers in Florida.
  7. A volunteer instructs Sheena Silva, 37, and her husband, Peter Silva, 41, while they perform cheek swabs during a Feb. 13 drive-through event in support of 8-year-old Jakobe Washington, who is fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
  8. Jordan Washington and Imeria Price pause during a drive-through cheek swabbing event last month in Tampa for their 8-year-old son, Jakobe, who is fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Organizers from Be The Match and the Icla da Silva Foundation hoped to find a bone marrow match for Jakobe.
  9. Terri Lipsey Scott, a former city employee, is the executive director at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in St. Petersburg.
  10. Courtney West, left, drops by for a postpartum visit with Samara Jackson, 30, who gave birth to her 2-week-old son, Peace, at home in St. Petersburg. West is a doula who mostly cares for women of color.
  11. Fans celebrate after the Bucs' Super Bowl victory Sunday night.
  12. Fans gather outside Raymond James Stadium on Sunday night.
  13. Alyssa Gallegos of St. Petersburg calls out to Chiefs fans, "You’re mocking our culture when we were murdered for it." Local Indigenous rights activists joined with some who drove from Kansas to stage a protest at Raymond James Stadium, urging the team to ditch the “Chiefs” moniker.
  14. A rendering of plans for a new Dr. Carter G Woodson African American Museum shown to St. Petersburg City Council members Thursday.
  15. Residents wait in line to be vaccinated last Saturday at the Historic Bethel AME Church in St. Petersburg.
  16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end William Gholston attends a team practice in October at AdventHealth Center, One Buccaneer Place, in Tampa. On Monday, he challenged his fellow defensive linemen to match his donation supporting equity in cancer care.
  17. Dr. Glenn B. Dames, Jr., is senior pastor of the Allen Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church in Tampa. The church has a health commission that works to address disparities. “We try to be proactive, not only reactive,” Dames said.
  18. The Johnnie Ruth Clarke Center in St. Petersburg is one of the Community Health Centers of Pinellas health care locations. A recent donation to the organization will result in more cancer screenings to underserved patients.
  19. Local author, Janaye Hardy address the crowd gathered for the inaugural MLK Day Pop Up Expo at the Villas at Flagler Pointe Apartment Homes in St. Petersburg on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 in St. Petersburg. Hardy, along with fellow author Lola B. Morgan organized the event to support local businesses in order to highlight their services and provide quality options to local families.
  20. The new TBHC Collaborate app is seen in Apple’s App Store Wednesday in Palm Harbor. The Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative is launching the app aimed at bringing together community partners working toward health equity.
  21. Jakira Lewis, in front of the University of South Florida's College of Public Health, is pursuing a master's degree focused on women and children's health.
  22. Trump supporters gesture to U.S. Capitol Police in the hallway outside of the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday. Watching from afar, some Tampa Bay leaders noticed a contrast with how Black protesters have been treated by law enforcement over the last year.
  23. Sandra Lindsay, left, a nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, is inoculated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by Dr. Michelle Chester, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, Pool)