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Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Alex Smith is a health care reporter for KCUR 89.3 FM.

In Missouri and other states, flawed data makes it hard to track vaccine equity

By: - June 4, 2021

This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes KCUR, NPR and KHN. Throughout the COVID-19 vaccination effort, public health officials and politicians have insisted that providing shots equitably across racial and ethnic groups is a top priority. But it’s been left up to states to decide how to do that and to collect racial and […]

Rural areas in Missouri and Kansas send their sickest patients to cities, straining hospitals

By: - November 25, 2020

Registered nurse Pascaline Muhindura has spent the past eight months treating COVID patients at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. But when she returns home to her small town of Spring Hill, Kansas, she’s often stunned by what she sees, like on a recent stop for carryout food. “No one in the entire restaurant was […]