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Sammy Caiola has been covering medical breakthroughs, fitness fads and health policy in California since 2014. Before joining CapRadio, Sammy was a health reporter at The Sacramento Bee. She has degrees in journalism and gender studies from Northwestern University.
In 2015 Sammy completed a data fellowship at the University of Southern California, which led to a three-part series on black child death in Sacramento County. She has also reported extensively on autism spectrum disorder, reproductive health care, LGBT health, and conjoined twinning.
Sammy is a ZUMBA instructor and an avid hiker. She hails from Long Island, New York, but much prefers the fine wine and stunning scenery of the West coast. In her spare time, she plays with her black Labrador, Pepper, and performs in local community theatre productions.
October 8, 2019
A mental health phone line in San Francisco is getting nearly $11 million from the state to take calls for the next three years.
Gun Buyers With A History Of Alcohol Abuse More Likely To Be Arrested For Domestic Abuse, UC Davis Study Finds
October 8, 2019
Gun buyers who’ve been convicted of driving under the influence are nearly three times more likely to be arrested for domestic violence than those without a record of alcohol abuse, according to a new study out of UC Davis.
October 7, 2019
Pharmaceutical companies have increased the list prices of prescription drugs over the past three years. A recent report from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development shows a median increase of 26 percent during that time.
October 3, 2019
Stockton is halfway through an 18-month program that provides $500 a month to 125 people from low-income ZIP codes. Proponents say the program is a step toward economic equality, opponents say it’s unrealistic and enabling.
September 30, 2019
The Midtown Moxies burlesque troupe welcomes performers of all shapes and sizes. Most members have a chronic illness, mental health challenge or physical disability. Performers say the troupe serves as an important support system.
As Stevante Clark Graduates Mental Health Court, California Looks To Grow This Alternative To Incarceration
September 9, 2019
California is expanding this type of probation for mentally ill offenders, which focuses on treatment instead of jail time. One of the Sacramento program’s newest graduates is Stevante Clark, brother of Stephon Clark, who was killed by police.
California’s Programs For Disabled Adults Are Changing. This Sacramento Arts Program Is Laying The Groundwork.
August 30, 2019
Southside Unlimited, a Sacramento nonprofit serving adults with disabilities, recently opened their art galleries and recording studios to the public. It’s part of an effort to promote interaction between participants and the community.
August 28, 2019
A bill moving through the California Legislature could require many employers to make their independent contractors employees. Some health care workers are fighting for an exemption.
August 27, 2019
Fears of deportation, on top of longstanding cultural attitudes about mental health, are keeping some Latino Californians from taking advantage of community services.
August 23, 2019
A new group of Sacramento comedians says facing depression and suicide head on, and with a sense of humor, can be lifesaving.