Brittany Callan

Brittany Callan

Brittany Callan covers health and environment at The Kansas City Beacon, and is a Report for America corps member. Funding for this reporting was provided in part by the Health Forward Foundation.

How Kansas City’s COVID long-haulers are coping with lingering effects after recovery

By: - May 3, 2021

This story was originally published by The Kansas City Beacon.  Although Mischelle Kemp, 46, caught COVID-19 in March 2020, she still has cycles of symptoms: Fever, cough, joint pain, diarrhea, fatigue, loss of taste and smell and brain fog. “I’m more depressed because I get tired of it,” Kemp said. She’s not alone. A study […]

COVID-19 vaccine distribution for Kansas City’s Black population ‘an afterthought’

By: - April 12, 2021

Hosting COVID-19 vaccine events in Black churches. Playing video interviews with physicians at barber shops. Canvassing neighborhoods to fill vaccination appointments. These are just some of the ideas that Kansas City organizations are asking for or planning on to foster Black communities’ trust in COVID-19 vaccines. Organizers say it’s necessary to address the disparity in […]

How the pandemic is complicating mental health services for Kansas City kids

By: - February 9, 2021

Without daily, in person interaction with teachers and peers, flagging mental health issues in students is increasingly difficult. In the move to virtual classes, schools say they can no longer depend on teachers to notice warning signs and refer students to mental health services. Now districts are turning to new ways of screening children for […]