Sara Israelsen-Hartley is a special projects reporter who writes about public health issues and how they impact families. During 15 years with the Deseret News, she’s won awards for her coverage of teens and anxiety, gender-based wage inequalities, kids and technology, divorce reform, abortion legislation, addiction and recovery and crime and the judicial system. Originally from Columbia, Missouri, she lives in Bountiful with her husband, Jon, and their three rambunctious sons.

During the past three months, we talked with 35 Utah nurses from the four major health care systems in Utah and across 15 hospitals, about working in a pandemic.
While smoking remains the main cause of lung cancer, the second-leading cause — and the first for nonsmokers — is exposure to radon gas.
The virtue of courage stood out in many of my interviews over the past 12 months. Here’s what I learned from talking with nursing assistants, single moms and public health experts.
Moderna’s recommendation comes just days after Pfizer’s vaccine begins to be administered in the U.S.
The CDC voted Saturday to recommend Pfizer’s emergency vaccine for all Americans age 16 and over.
The United States is now the fourth country to authorize a COVID-19 vaccine after an FDA committee approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine Thursday.
Tuesday’s recommendation vote marks the next step forward for the nation.
Two different vaccines manufactures, Pfizer and Moderna, have now applied for Emergency Use Authorizations so that their COVID-19 vaccine could be used as early as Dec. 21.
While no exact timeline exists, it’s possible a vaccine could be available by December. Here’s a look at the three-tiered approach to who gets it first.
A look at the differences between the vaccines Pfizer and Moderna are producing and what it means for you.
As of Sunday afternoon, more than 237,000 Americans have died — 659 in Utah. As striking as those numbers are, experts have long worried that a second wave of COVID-19 cases in the fall and winter would be even worse than the first.
Here’s what public health officials are doing to ensure you can access a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it’s here.
The only way to know if a home is at risk is to test it — and five Utah students whose messages are most convincing could each win $100 in the 2021 National Radon Poster Contest.
Whose risk is riskiest? Federal public health officials weigh tough choices for prioritizing COVID-19 vaccine recipients.
The pandemic halted many resources that student parents need to succeed: on-campus child care centers, in-person study groups, internet access and in-person K-12 education for their kids.
Americans’ reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine is just as crucial as the experts’ work to create it.
Government and private sector support is needed to get parents back to work.
CNAs at nursing homes are the lowest paid and most at risk among health care workers.
Pandemic could be the push to make improvements nursing homes have needed for years, experts say.
There’s a big difference between identifying a successful COVID-19 vaccine in a lab and having a licensed vaccine available in every corner pharmacy.
How to stay patient during a pandemic — and why you should
Health researchers expect to see signs of impact two to three weeks after interventions are put in place
Here’s some advice from seasoned home-schoolers for parents unexpectedly in charge of teaching their kids
Utah business owners talk about how the coronavirus is derailing their futures.
Here’s how to manage being home with kids if, or when, schools close
A Q&A with New York Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat, the author of “The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success.”
How researchers discovered radon’s toxic trail