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Brett Sholtis, Reporter / Transforming Health

Brett Sholtis is WITF’s Transforming Health reporter, covering health policy and community health issues that affect Pennsylvanians. Brett strives to share personal stories that have a tie to broad issues and emerging trends. He seeks to give voice to diverse viewpoints, including those of people living with mental illness, disability and those living in poverty. He plays a key role in WITF’s mental health series, Through the Cracks, which reports on problem areas in mental health services and efforts to reduce stigma around those living with behavioral disorders. Previously, Brett was a business reporter at the York Daily Record, where his work included award-winning examinations of the nuclear power industry and food safety. He is a University of Pittsburgh graduate and a Pennsylvania Army National Guard veteran.

Latest by Brett Sholtis


Pa. needs another 1,000 to 1,400 ventilators, governor says. Here’s how the state is trying to find them.

As of Thursday, 130 COVID-19 patients in Pennsylvania had required treatment with a ventilator, though that number is expected to rise as cases increase.
By Brett Sholtis

Updated: March 28, 2020 | 12:02 pm

How many people in Pa. will be infected with the coronavirus? Scientific modeling is trying to find the answer

While state officials have consistently said the situation will deteriorate, they’ve been unable to say just how bad the outbreak might become.
By Brett Sholtis

Pa. hospitals are rationing protective gear as the number of coronavirus cases grows

The rationing comes as the state Department of Health maintains that it has personal protective equipment available and is working with health systems to make sure they have what they need
By Brett Sholtis

Department of Health releases coronavirus testing data

The information comes amid nationwide calls for more transparency around the coronavirus pandemic.
By Brett Sholtis

With coronavirus in Pennsylvania, school districts, others seek answers

At this time, the health department is not recommending that people cancel public events. However, with the number of people with the illness multiplying, that could change.

By Brett Sholtis

The state is preparing for cases of coronavirus

Nobody has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, but the state expects that to change.

By Brett Sholtis

Harrisburg diocese bankruptcy could tap into parish assets

Individual churches are not part of the bankruptcy filing, but could end up contributing to a fund to settle sex abuse claims.
By Brett Sholtis

Wolf vetoes bill to halt closure of White Haven, Polk state centers

The state centers are set to close within three years and move about 300 people with intellectual disabilities into community based care.
By Brett Sholtis

Following firefighter’s death, a push to address trauma among first responders

Firefighters and police are five times more likely than the overall population to develop PTSD and depression, yet only about 4 percent of departments have suicide prevention programs.

By Brett Sholtis

Wolf administration proposes increase for health and human services funding

Republicans say that increase is too much at a time when spending already is too high.

By Brett Sholtis
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