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Sam Ogozalek - Health Reporter

Health Reporter

I’m here to help you navigate the confounding, complex U.S. health care system — especially as it relates to mental and behavioral health — and to hold institutions accountable for your quality of care. Do you have a story to tell? Let’s talk. I’m from a rural town in upstate New York and attended Syracuse University, where I edited The Daily Orange, the school’s independent student newspaper. When I’m not working, I love to hike, especially in the Big Cypress. If you have trail recommendations, reach out any time.

  1. Una enfermera prepara una vacuna contra la viruela del Mono en el Pride Center en Equality Park en Wilton Manors, Florida, el martes 19 de julio de 2022. Es difícil encontrar una vacuna en el área de la Bahía de Tampa.
  2. A nurse prepares a monkeypox vaccine at the Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors, Florida, on Tuesday, July 19, 2022. It's difficult to find a vaccine in Tampa Bay.
  3. A medical laboratory technician picks up a reactive to test suspected monkeypox samples at the microbiology laboratory of La Paz Hospital on June 6, 2022, in Madrid, Spain. Florida has the third-highest number of monkeypox infections in the United States.
  4. Carrie Zeisse is president and CEO of Tampa Bay Thrives, a mental health nonprofit that is is suing Vibrant Emotional Health, a New York nonprofit, alleging it breached a contract related to the “Let’s Talk” helpline.
  5. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned consumers to throw away ice cream from Big Olaf Creamery in Sarasota after it was tied to an outbreak of listeria.
  6. Un trabajador de la salud administra la vacuna contra la viruela del mono en el Pride Center en Equality Park en Wilton Manors el martes 12 de julio. Tampa Bay está experimentando infecciones de viruela del mono.
  7. A health care worker administers the monkeypox vaccine at the Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. Tampa Bay is seeing monkeypox infections during the global outbreak.
  8. Natashia Milburn, 31, a St. Petersburg resident, poses for a portrait at Vinoy Park on Thursday, July 14, 2022 in St. Petersburg. Milburn had an abortion when she was 16 and said she didn't think about it for 10 to 15 years. “I realize now how much it has impacted me,” she said.
  9. Antes del brote actual de viruela del mono, los casos en EE.UU eran extremadamente raros y estaban asociados con viajes o importación de animales infectados. El país ha diagnosticado más de 2,300 casos este año. Florida ha registrado 208 casos. Una imagen de microscopio electrónico muestra viriones maduros de viruela del Mono de forma ovalada, a la izquierda, y viriones inmaduros esféricos, a la derecha. [ AP ]
  10. Before the current monkeypox outbreak, U.S. cases were extremely rare and associated with travel or importation of infected animals. The country has diagnosed more than 2,300 cases this year. Florida has recorded 208 cases. An electron microscope image shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right.
  11. Taylor Turosz of Tampa listens to a caller at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay in 2018. The crisis center is now handling calls to the 988 suicide crisis hotline.
  12. Thomas Young, right, takes a call from someone in need of counseling at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay in 2019. The crisis center is now preparing for a flood of calls to the 988 suicide crisis line.
  13. President Joe Biden speaks Friday about abortion access during an event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.
  14. Marvin Andujar, computer science and engineering professor and director of the Neuro-Machine Interaction Lab at the University of South Florida, explains how student Tyree Lewis can use brain-computer interface technology to paint images with his brain. Lewis is assisting with the project.
  15. Emily Reed (derecha), de 33 años, de St. Petersburg, levanta un cartel durante una protesta por el aborto el sábado 2 de julio de 2022 en Tampa. "Si mi histerectomía estuviera programada para tres meses después, no tendría esa opción", dijo Reed.
  16. Emily Reed (right), 33, of St. Petersburg, raises a sign during an abortion protest on Saturday, July 2, 2022 in Tampa. "If my hysterectomy was scheduled three months later I would not have that choice," Reed said.
  17. One death and nearly two dozen hospitalizations are tied to a new listeria outbreak, health officials said Thursday. CDC officials say nearly all the 23 people known to have been infected in the outbreak either live in, or traveled to, Florida about a month before they got sick.
  18. Los funcionarios de salud están refiriendo a las familias a “centros de salud federalmente calificados”, clínicas generalmente administradas por organizaciones sin fines de lucro.
  19. Nurse Jordan Dierksheide and Medical Assistant Cassandra Ross help administer a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to JoseMaria Mejia, 7, of Ruskin, during a vaccination event hosted by Enterprising Latinas at Wimauma Opportunity Center in Wimauma on Nov. 14, 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this month recommended COVID-19 vaccines for kids under age 5, but some Florida parents are struggling to get young children vaccinated.
  20. Medical assistant Cassandra Ross administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Natalie Rosales, 7, while nurse Jordan Dierksheide holds her arm, as Rosales looks at her mother, Elizabeth Rivera Alvarez, during a vaccination event hosted by Enterprising Latinas at Wimauma Opportunity Center in Wimauma on Nov. 14, 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended COVID-19 vaccines for kids 4 and under earlier this month.
  21. Shareeka Ford, an LPN with Stat Lab Mobile prepares to give Zachary Mayor, 7 his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during a December vaccination clinic at Turkey Creek Middle School in Plant City. Children ages 4 and under are now eligible to get vaccinated and the rollout is set to start this week.
  22. Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo encouraged the Florida Board of Medicine to review controversial state Department of Health guidance against treatment beyond counseling for the distress that children and teens feel when their gender identity doesn’t match the sex they were assigned at birth.
  23. Andrew Ghattas, left, watches as server Washington Garcia, center, carves a meat selection table side at Terra Gaucha in Tampa on Sept. 9, 2020. The restaurant took several COVID-19 precautions.  A recent study found that Americans employed in blue collar, service or retail jobs died of COVID-19 at five times the rate of those in higher socioeconomic positions during the first year of the pandemic.
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