Rose Wong - Mental Health Reporter

Mental Health Reporter

As a 2021 Report for America fellow, I cover health care with a focus on mental health. As a cancer survivor, I have seen firsthand the complexities of life as a patient in the American health care system, thereby developing an interest in contributing clarity and justice through health journalism. I graduated from Duke University, where I served as senior editor for The Duke Chronicle and wrote extensively about the university's failing student health center. I have no single hometown — I grew up in Canada, Hong Kong, and the suburbs of Detroit. Beach sunsets, fish tacos, and a wonderful internship experience at the Times have brought me to my new home. I'm excited to listen and tell your stories, Tampa Bay.

  1. Bishop Gregory Parkes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg on Friday blesses the new Pasco Family Shelter with holy water. Catholic Charities, the Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County and county government teamed up to create the shelter for homeless families in Port Richey. It is set to open by the end of October.
  2. USF Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Moseley receives his flu shot in September 2020 from Claudia Ardon, a licensed practical nurse with the USF Morsani College of Medicine.
  3. Vonabell Hurst, que se hace llamar Zai, se toca la barriga de embarazada durante su fiesta de bienvenida al bebé el sábado 17 de agosto de 2019, en Largo.
  4. Vonabell Hurst who goes by Zai, touches her pregnant belly during her baby shower party on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 in Largo.
  5. Catherine Zorn poses for a portrait at her dance studio, Sunday, July 4, 2021 in Tampa.
  6. The sign outside the new Dade City Discovery Behavioral Health Center at 37445 Clinton Ave. in Pasco County.
  7. Mha’siyah Blake, 12, prepares to receive a COVID-19 vaccine administered by first-year University of South Florida physician’s assistant student Caroline Cubero at a back to school health clinic at Middleton High School in Tampa on July 31.
  8. Bill Sanders, 68, pictured on the dock behind his Tropical Shores home, has lost all hearing in his right ear. He was diagnosed with vestibular neuritis, which can remain dormant in the body for years. Red Tide was the most likely trigger, an ear, nose and throat specialist told him.
  9. Hillel Academy staff help children arrive for the first day of the school year in Tampa on Aug. 12, 2020. Students were asked apply hand sanitizer before entering the school. Now the delta variant appears to be fueling a rise in kids being hospitalized for COVID-19 as the start of the 2021 school approaches.
  10. The Center for Wellness and Clinical Development hosted a virtual roundtable on Wednesday entitled "The State of Black Mental Health." The panel discussed how the Black community processes the traumas of the past and present.
  11. A man is tested for COVID-19 at Mills Pond Park in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.
  12. Catherine Zorn practices ballet at her dance studio in Tampa. Dance was a lifeline to the 17-year-old Wesley Chapel teen, one that was ripped away when the pandemic started in March 2020 and the studio shut down. By the summer, Catherine felt anxiety and depression take over. She started hurting herself. and had suicidal thoughts. Many other teens endured similar experiences during the pandemic.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. A rendering of the $50 million Hospital of Endocrine Surgery that HCA Healthcare West Florida plans plans to build on the campus of Memorial Hospital of Tampa in December or January.
  16. Teresa Faiello, 52, seen here at her Lithia home, has suffered painful, debilitating migraine headaches since she was a teenager.
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    Michael Morales posa para un retrato en la sala de su casa de Tampa frente a una pared que muestra recuerdos tangibles de su prometido Martín Benítez el jueves 10 de junio de 2021. Benítez fue una de las 49 víctimas que murieron en el Pulse tiroteo masivo en un club nocturno en Orlando hace cinco años.
  18. Survivor Michael Morales, 39, poses for a portrait in the living room of his Tampa home in front of a wall displaying tangible memories of his fiancé Martin Benitez on Thursday. Benitez was one of 49 victims who died in the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando five years ago.
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  20. Daniel Neja faces a burglary charge after police say he somehow got into Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg and lived in a luxury suite for two weeks.
  21. Jose Estevez, 38, walks his 11-mile delivery route through the St. Pete Heights neighborhood on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Despite hundreds of stops, Estevez said, “It’s like I know everyone on this route.”
  22. Sean Michael MuMullen, 30, faces a charge of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
  23. The bus ride to and from school will be the most difficult time of day for students to keep social distance, officials acknowledge. Some new rules will apply this year, including mask-wearing for all.