Brett Sholtis, Reporter

Brett Sholtis is a health reporter for WITF/Transforming Health. 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. He has reported extensively on COVID-19, social unrest, online misinformation and other issues. Sholtis is a University of Pittsburgh graduate and a Pennsylvania Army National Guard Kosovo campaign veteran.

Latest by Brett Sholtis

Study links genetic variant to lower obesity risk

The research, with ties to central Pa., offers hope for people struggling with their weight.

By Brett Sholtis

Amid nationwide blood shortage, area hospitals face reduced supply

The Central Pa. blood bank has less than half the blood it had on hand prior to the pandemic

By Brett Sholtis

As delta variant spreads in U.S., Pennsylvania COVID-19 vaccinations stall

“If we have a more infectious virus, and more lethal virus, and God forbid, one that evades vaccines, then we’re in big, big trouble.”

By Brett Sholtis

Lead paint poisons thousands of Pa. children each year. Advocates say now is the time to act

Lead poisoning prevention experts are calling on the state to fund remediation and testing

By Brett Sholtis

Wolf vetoes bill to ban schools, government from requiring proof of vaccination in Pa.

The so-called “vaccine passports” bill also would have limited the health secretary’s power.

By Brett Sholtis

Wolf enacts law allowing for three month supply of medical marijuana

Cannabis use advocates raised concerns about processing moldy plants

By Brett Sholtis

House GOP votes to ban schools from requiring vaccines and limit health secretary’s authority

The proposal began as a call in the state Senate to ban so-called “vaccine passports.” However, Senate Republicans added an amendment that would prohibit the state secretary of health from requiring widespread public health interventions such as hand-washing, sheltering in place, wearing masks and social distancing.

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