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Justine Griffin - Medical Reporter

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.

  1. A view from inside the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida. The university is taking its turn in the spotlight Tuesday as a legislative committee continues its investigation into China's involvement with Florida research institutions.
  2. Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa
  3. A scene from a research lab at Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center, which returned $1 million to the state on Friday. Moffitt said it originally received the money from the state health department but could not confirm whether it had been properly spent.
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  5. Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa is asking the state for expansion money at the same time the Legislature is investigating its entanglements with China.
  6. Reginald Ferguson, center, a resident of the Kenwood Inn, St. Petersburg, talks with Rachel Ilic, an Environmental Epidemiologist, left,and Fannie Vaughn, right, a nurse with the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County in October. The health workers were part of an effort to send "foot teams" door-to-door to vaccinate people against hepatitis A.
  7. This Feb. 6, 2015, file photo shows a Measles, Mumps and Rubella, M-M-R vaccine on a countertop at a pediatrics clinic in Greenbrae, Calif. A study released this week has found that a 2016 California law intended to improve childhood vaccination rates had the greatest effect on high-risk areas where the rates were the lowest. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
  8. Joseph Hernandez Hall is home to the University of Florida's chemistry department, where a faculty member recently resigned after officials discovered he failed to disclose his strong ties to China. While at UF, the faculty member also held positions at two Chinese universities, including vice president and dean. The faculty member was not named in a report obtained Tuesday from the Florida Legislature.
  9. A new report to the Florida Legislature details the investigation that led to the forced resignations of six Moffitt Cancer Center employees in December, including president and CEO Dr. Alan List.
  10. University of South Florida student Daniella Morales, center, gets information from health insurance navigators Lauren Lambert, left, and Dorothea Polk, right, during an event in November at USF in Tampa.
  11. Century Tower rises at the center of the University of Florida campus, where four medical school researchers recently were found to have had foreign interactions that violated university rules.
  12. John Nobel, a clinical perfusionist at Tampa General Hospital, winds up a power cord to one of the hospital's new Organ Care System machines. The devices work to keep donated organs functioning for longer periods of time.
  13. More than 800 people gathered in 2018 in St. Petersburg to remember the thousands in Tampa Bay who have died from opioid abuse. As bad as the numbers are, the problem is being underreported by the federal government, according to a new study from the University of South Florida.
  14. A worker handles samples in a lab at Moffitt Cancer Center, where officials say concerns over foreign meddling have not affected research.
  15. RenŽe Gilliard, right, brings out the pillow she received after her heart transplant so her surgeon, Dr. Erol Belli, could sign it. Belli and Gilliard have been friends for years and will spend Christmas together. "He saved my life," she says.
  16. The entrance to Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center, where CEO Alan List was ousted Wednesday after an inquiry into the center's ties with China. Now a Florida lawmaker is calling for a wider investigation.
  17. Dr. Alan List, CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center, meets in September with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board to discuss a multi-million dollar expansion of the center's hospital campus in Tampa. List resigned from his post on Wednesday, along with five other Moffitt employees.
  18. Dipal Patel, owner of Acme Pharmacy in Tampa, says companies known as pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, add to the cost of medications and limit where customers can fill their prescriptions. "It’s very hard to survive as an independent business in this climate,” said Patel, who supports a bill by state Rep. Jackie Toledo to regulate PBMs.
  19. From left, Lauren Lambert, a navigator project manager outlines health insurance options for USF student Daniella Morales, 22, while Lambert's colleague Dorothea Polk looks on during an enrollment event Nov. 5 at the University of South Florida in Tampa. The enrollment period for coverage under the Affordable Care Act originally was scheduled to end Sunday but has been extended to 3 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18.
  20. Congressional aides maneuver a Christmas tree to the office of Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on Capitol Hill earlier this month. No word on whether they washed it first, but experts say hosing down a live tree can be a good way to keep allergens from causing respiratory problems during the holiday season.
  21. Las salas de emergencias locales están viendo un aumento en los casos de virus sincitial respiratorio, o RSV, este año. A mediados de noviembre, el siete por ciento de los niños menores de cinco años dados de alta de los hospitales de Florida fueron diagnosticados con síntomas del virus. Foto: Archivo
  22. Work nears completion Wednesday on a common area inside the new USF Health building that will serve as a centerpiece of the Water Street Tampa development in downtown. The 13-story tower is set to open in January.
  23. Tampa Bay Times health reporter Justine Griffin has her finger pricked and blood collected with a lancet to demonstrate a new, one-minute HIV test now available at Metro Inclusive Health in St. Petersburg.