Brett Sholtis, Reporter / Transforming Health

Brett Sholtis is WITF’s Transforming Health reporter, covering health care and community health issues affecting Pennsylvanians. His work often focuses on mental health policy and how it interacts with policing and prisons. Sholtis’ 2019 profile of a young woman with a serious mental illness was recognized with a Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) regional Edward R. Murrow award. In 2020 a follow-up to that story helped get that woman moved from county jail to a psychiatric facility. That story and a related story were honored with three 2020 RTDNA regional Edward R. Murrow awards: hard news, news series and investigative reporting. He is the host of Transforming Health’s annual “A Summer Read” book series, where he has led public conversations with Sheryl Sandberg, Sue Klebold and Sam Quinones. Sholtis also has reported extensively on Pennsylvania’s response to the coronavirus, election-year social unrest in Harrisburg and the opioid epidemic. His 2020 story, “Voices from a shutdown protest turned GOP rally” was recognized with RTDNA’s regional excellence in writing award. He is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the NPR/Kaiser Health News team. Previously he worked as a business reporter at York Daily Record, where he was recognized for his work on nuclear waste and food safety. Sholtis is a University of Pittsburgh graduate and a Pennsylvania Army National Guard Kosovo campaign veteran.

Latest by Brett Sholtis

Counties fear desired election law changes will get lost in sprawling GOP bill

Many aspects of the proposal may not address actual problems, one expert said.

By Brett Sholtis

COVID-19 killed their brother. Misinformation about the virus divided their family.

For some people, grief is complicated by attitudes about the virus among family and friends.

By Brett Sholtis

Study finds increased risk of serious stroke among those who recently got COVID-19

Young people and those with no COVID-19 symptoms are among those at risk.

By Brett Sholtis

Pennsylvania mask-wearing order to be lifted by end of June

Pennsylvania’s mask-wearing order is to be lifted June 28 or whenever 70 percent of adults are vaccinated,.

By Brett Sholtis

Bill would bar Pa. school districts from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations

State and local governments also would be prohibited from using so-called ‘vaccine passports.’

By Brett Sholtis

Nursing homes in Pa., hit hard by pandemic, seek American Rescue Plan funding

Providers’ groups say many long term care homes are on the brink of closure.

By Brett Sholtis

Pediatricians say GOP vaccination proposal in Pa. could put children, newborns at risk

The law would require doctors to let parents set their children’s immunization schedules.

By Brett Sholtis

Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper files legal action against Harrisburg, water company, citing sewage

The riverkeeper and a Washington, D.C.-based group say Capital Region Water isn’t doing enough to stop pollution.

By Brett Sholtis

Federal dollars give hope to mental health advocates aiming to launch treatment programs

Lack of funds kept counties from using “assisted outpatient treatment” services in the past.

By Brett Sholtis

Facing burnout, worker shortages, nurses say COVID-19 shows need for staffing ratios

Union members called on House Health Committee Chair Kathy Rapp to consider their proposal.

By Brett Sholtis