Alex Smith is a health care reporter for KCUR 89.3 FM.
More Black Missourians are buying guns. Is it driving up Black suicide rates?
By: Alex Smith - March 11, 2022
This story was originally co-published by KCUR and Kaiser Health News. When Russell and Sharis Lewis want to unwind, they pack up their guns and drive from their home in a suburb north of St. Louis to an indoor range called the SharpShooter on the city’s south side. Russell dons big protective headphones, carefully lays […]
In Missouri and other states, flawed data makes it hard to track vaccine equity
By: Alex Smith - 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: Alex Smith - 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 […]