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


Dauphin, Bucks among counties to test out mental health pilot program

‘Assisted outpatient treatment’ is intended to give people structure and keep them out of jail.

By Brett Sholtis

WellSpan prohibits ER visitors in Franklin County due to unvaccinated people with COVID-19

All 38 patients in WellSpan’s intensive care units are unvaccinated.

By Brett Sholtis

Northern York middle and high schools halt in-person learning due to COVID-19 cases

The district plans to return to in-person learning late next week if the situation improves.

By Brett Sholtis

Challenging school mask mandate, House Republicans tap obscure committee

Democrats say the move will cause confusion as COVID-19 cases are rising.
By Brett Sholtis

As vaccination mandate looms, Pa. health systems push employees to get on board

President Joe Biden’s rule affects an estimated 17 million health care workers nationwide—and thousands in Pennsylvania.

By Brett Sholtis

With COVID-19 delta variant raging, UPMC seeks people in Pa. for monoclonal antibody study

As cases surge among unvaccinated people, the treatment offers a chance to help them, and to better understand the delta variant.

By Brett Sholtis

Bucks County lost 18 on Sept. 11. Two decades later, a memorial in their honor offers solace

As the memory of 9/11 fades for some, the Garden of Reflection has become a place to teach children and a peaceful place for those grieving losses.
By Katie Meyer/WHYY and Brett Sholtis

Unvaccinated people, sick with COVID-19, flood midstate hospitals as delta variant surges

Two area health systems report that about nine in ten patients are unvaccinated.
By Brett Sholtis

When COVID deaths are dismissed or stigmatized, grief is mixed with shame and anger

After their brother died, two sisters faced a barrage of misinformation, pandemic denialism and blaming questions. Grief experts say that makes COVID-19 the newest kind of “disenfranchising death.”

By Brett Sholtis

Free lead paint removal available for some Lancaster County residents

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health is spending $50 million to prevent lead poisoning.

By Brett Sholtis
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