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Madison Hopkins

Madison Hopkins

Madison Hopkins is the health care accountability reporter focused on the intersection of health policy and people. Previously, she worked as an investigative reporter for the Better Government Association in Chicago. Her reporting is partially funded by Health Forward Foundation.

Here’s how residents along Troost Avenue can help measure Kansas City air quality

By: - April 12, 2022

This story was originally published in the Kansas City Beacon.  To learn about Kansas City air quality, a collaboration is seeking local volunteers to place air sensors on their properties. Led by KC Digital Drive and other community partners, the program aims to gather data on climate and pollution along the Troost Avenue corridor. “The main thing […]

Sheltered workshop or community jobs? Missouri debates disabled adults in the workforce

By: - February 24, 2022

This story was originally published by The Kansas City Beacon. Robert Petrie takes pride in his job. The 38-year-old started working as a Walmart cart attendant in Sedalia, Missouri, nearly two years ago. He made the move when he said his old job with McDonald’s wasn’t challenging enough anymore – the same reason he decided […]

Amid debate over sheltered workshops, Missouri pays people with disabilities less

By: - November 29, 2021

This story was originally published by The Kansas City Beacon. A new Missouri law allowing employers to continue paying some people with disabilities less than minimum wage has positioned the state at the forefront of a national debate over disability rights in the workplace. Part of a wide-ranging piece of legislation signed by Gov. Mike Parson in […]