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

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

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

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are available for younger children in Pa.

Midstate health systems and pharmacies are set to begin vaccinating children with the lower-dose Pfizer shot as early as this weekend.

By Brett Sholtis

Geisinger to pay $18.5 million after violating Medicare rules

The issues occurred between 2012 and 2017.

By Brett Sholtis

Legislation aims to prevent drug overdose deaths and diseases with ‘syringe services programs’

Such programs already operate in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Scranton.

By Brett Sholtis

Inside a Pa. middle school where everyone wears masks, and it’s not really an issue

Educators say there’s a clear choice: Limit the spread of the virus, or risk going back to online and hybrid learning.

By Brett Sholtis

Available ICU hospital beds in Pa. dip to lowest point since start of pandemic

Health care experts cite ‘delay of care’ as one reason.

By Brett Sholtis