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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. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Keith McCants poses for a portrait on June 2 at Coffee Pot Park in St. Petersburg. He died at the age of 53 on Sept. 2.
  2. Mha’siyah Blake, 12, prepares to receive a COVID-19 vaccine administered by first year USF physician’s assistant student Caroline Cubero at a back to school health clinic at Middleton High School in Tampa on July 31.
  3. A  7-year-old boy reads the Black St. Pete Pledge during an August event at Lake Vista Recreation Center in St. Petersburg. The anti-gun violence pledge was created by Maress Scott, the father of Marquis Scott, who was shot and killed in the fall of 2019. The father has been asking community members to sign the pledge, which states: "I pledge not to murder another black person for the rest of this year. Instead of using a gun (or any other weapon), I will use my mind, my heart, and my mouth to solve any issues."
  4. Black women in the U.S. are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women, data shows.
  5. Mha’siyah Blake, 12, waits to receive a COVID-19 vaccination while his father Tshambe Blake, 44, of Tampa, fills out paperwork at a back-to-school health clinic at Middleton High School in Tampa on Saturday, July 31, 2021.
  6. Bridget Cunningham stands in front of the Tampa duplex she's been renting on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Her landlord is raising her rent by $1,000, she said. The lack of affordable rent options are motivating her to buy a property instead.
  7. Frontline workers at AdventHealth Daytona Beach hospital work in the COVID care unit. Many coronavirus patients there are surrounded by a tangle of machines and tubing that help keep them alive.
  8. Carpenter Steven Miller, of Brooksville, takes a moment to clear the sweat from his face while framing interior walls at the Sutherland Trails development Thursday in Palm Harbor.
  9. County health department nurse Orlyn Grace prepares a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Guatemalan Maya Center in Lake Worth, Florida on August 13, 2021.
  10. A new, one-minute HIV test being demonstrated at Metro Inclusive Health in 2019. Florida will receive $10.61 million in funding to expand HIV infection prevention and treatment efforts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  11. Jennifer Loyless, holds her daughter, Avery, 12, as she prepares to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile site in West Palm Beach on May 14.
  12. Early July 2021 saw a week-to-week growth rate that's the highest Florida has seen since the first wave of COVID-19 infections in June 2020, around when Daniela St. Gerard (above) was conducting COVID-19 tests in St. Petersburg.
  13. Steven Rossi cuts Rodney Sesler's hair at Rossi's Barbershop on U.S. 41 S in Gibsonton. Both live live in ZIP code 33534, where only 31 percent of the residents have received a coronavirus vaccine shot. Ross said he has not been vaccinated, and wasn't surprised to hear that Gibsonton is one of the least vaccinated areas in Hillsborough County. Rossi said he is a fundamentalist Christian and they're "on the fence about it." Sesler said he's see how the vaccine affects people before he gets it.
  14. Jun. 22• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, cetner, announced plans to launch Florida’s first statewide energy equity study at a Tuesday, June 22, 2020 news conference in Tampa's Robles Park neighborhood.
  15. Briana Brooks, 21, is a pre-law student who is organizing anti-tobacco efforts in St. Petersburg as a national ambassador with the Truth Initiative, the nation’s largest nonprofit anti-tobacco organization. She's focusing on predominantly Black neighborhoods, where she has family. The tobacco industry targets the Black community to sell menthol-flavored cigarettes, which are easier to start smoking and harder to stop.
  16. U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, left, the St. Petersburg Democrat running for Florida governor. U.S. Rep Val Demings, right, the Orlando Democrat running for U.S. Senate.
  17. Michele Rayner makes an announcement that she is running for Florida’s 13th Congressional District in Largo June 14, 2021. Photo by: Bob Croslin
  18. Matt Byrd, talks about a new initiative supported by St. Petersburg leaders who plan to go door-to-door to curb gun violence. The "Hidden Voices Project" will assemble a street team to bring resources like mental health support and job programs to those impacted by the recent surge in violence.  The project is a collaboration between the city of St. Petersburg's Urban Affairs department and People Empowering & Restoring Communities, or PERC, a nonprofit aimed at supporting ex-offenders with education and resources.
  19. Smiling faces and bright colors are seen behind a wall of bubbles and foam being sprayed to the crowd during the Tampa Pride Diversity Parade, on Saturday, May 22, 2021 in Ybor City
  20. Charlie Jenkins, seen here during a recent visit to Tampa's Lykes Gaslight Park, asks why it takes such dehumanizing images to move the needle on racial justice.
  21. When 76-year-old Geri Russo, of Pinellas Park, began her transition from male to female two years ago, a doctor told her she was too old. Russo is among those who stand to benefit from the Biden administration's decision, announced this week, to restore protections against discrimination in health care for gay and transgender patients.
  22. Congressman Charlie Crist, seen here on Election Day on Nov. 3, 2020, spoke Saturday at a Democratic fundraiser in Tampa. He expressed optimism about the party despite the GOP's dominance, and is days away from making a big political announcement.
  23. Tho Huu Vo, 58, receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the Lealman and Asian Neighborhood Family Center on April 3. Vo came to the United States from Vietnam seven years ago. Tampa Bay area health officials are looking for ways to reach further into minority communities as they work to expand the vaccination effort.