Brett Sholtis, Reporter

Brett Sholtis is a health reporter for WITF/Transforming Health. Sholtis is the 2021-2022 Reveal Benjamin von Sternenfels Rosenthal Grantee for Mental Health Investigative Journalism with the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. His award-winning work on problem areas in mental health policy and policing helped to get a woman moved from a county jail to a psychiatric facility. Sholtis is a University of Pittsburgh graduate and a Pennsylvania Army National Guard Kosovo campaign veteran.

Latest by Brett Sholtis

Want to know where COVID-19 will spread? Ask people if they plan to follow guidelines, researchers say

Research shows it’s possible to predict COVID-19 case trajectories by surveying communities on whether they plan to follow public health guidelines.

By Brett Sholtis

York City Police to patrol WellSpan York Hospital amid threats, violence

WellSpan Health will pay the York City Police Department to have four police officers patrol its York hospital amid rising threats to healthcare workers nationwide.

By Brett Sholtis

Top Stories of 2021: COVID-19 vaccine offers hope, while misinformation undermines public health

For many, the vaccine promised an end to the pandemic. But falsehoods about the virus and about public health measures worked against efforts to save lives.

By Brett Sholtis

Lebanon County Commissioner dies after being hospitalized with COVID-19

William Ames, 81, was serving his third term.

By Brett Sholtis

Opioid settlement: Here’s how much money Pa. counties would see

Counties will have broad authority to decide where the money goes.

By Brett Sholtis

Penn State Health scientists to study mindfulness in managing diabetes

Mindfulness helps to lower stress, which means that it can be one way to help people manage their blood sugar.
By Brett Sholtis

Federal judge tosses lawsuit from Geisinger employees seeking to disregard COVID-19 policy

Unvaccinated employees didn’t want to get tested twice a week for the coronavirus.

By Brett Sholtis

COVID-19 killed at least 40 military veterans at VA nursing homes in Pa.

Newly-public data shows outbreaks among staff and residents throughout the pandemic.

By Brett Sholtis

Coroner: Prisoner at SCI Camp Hill died by suicide

A prisoners' rights advocate notes, this is the fourth prisoner death in Pa. in the past eight days.
By Brett Sholtis

Police, constables in Pa. joined ‘anti-government’ Oath Keepers 

One constable supports the group, while some police and others say they have since left it.

By Brett Sholtis