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Keira McGuire

Keira McGuire is a health reporter and multimedia producer for WITF. She hosts and produces Transforming Health television programs as well as other shows and documentaries for WITF’s Original Productions. McGuire produced the Emmy Award winning series HealthSmart for the last ten years. Keira previously worked at WBFF in Baltimore and WMDT in Salisbury as a reporter and anchor. She’s a graduate of Towson University.

Latest by Keira McGuire

LGBTQ+ Health

LGBTQ+ individuals may have many of the same health concerns as the general population but experience health challenges at higher rates. Research has shown that a history of discrimination and stigma has contributed to higher rates of mental illness among LGBTQ+ community members. We’ll explore the health concerns for those in the LGBTQ+ community and hear individual stories.

By Keira McGuire

Substance Abuse in a Pandemic

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are also facing a substance use crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the pandemic has prompted more people to start or increase use of a substance as a way of coping with the stress. Overdose deaths have also spiked since the start of the pandemic.

By Keira McGuire

Delaying Care During a Pandemic

The biggest concern we had when we were at the beginning of the pandemic and everything was shutting down was that we were not doing our mammogram screenings and it was a lack of knowledge on how this virus spreads.

By Keira McGuire

Routine Healthcare in a Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many put off routine healthcare and screenings in order to stay away from the doctor’s office but what are the lasting effects of this delay in healthcare? How are those that delayed their care getting back on track? Plus – what role will telemedicine continue to play in the future of healthcare?

By Keira McGuire

Suicide in a Time of Unrest

The Coronavirus pandemic combined with the unrest we’ve all witnessed has led to negative feelings like isolation, fear and stress. How will those emotions affect us in the years to come? On Transforming Health: Suicide in a Time of Unrest we’ll uncover what we know about suicide rates now and we’ll offer tips for prevention.

By Keira McGuire

Some say food insecurity can alter a child’s future. But it doesn’t have to.

As Pennsylvania’s executive director of advocacy and reform, Dan Jurman looks out for vulnerable populations in the state — a job that has been personal from day one. His childhood included homelessness, food insecurity, family substance abuse, and other adverse experiences.

Jurman recognizes that people helped him along the way. He says others who experience adversity as children need that help too.

By Keira McGuire

Mental Health After a Pandemic

Some have called the COVID-19 pandemic an equalizer or a shared experience, in that every single one of us has been impacted. We have all experienced a degree of fear, isolation or worry. What remains to be seen is how these feelings will impact our mental health.

On “Transforming Health: Mental Health After a Pandemic” we’ll hear from individuals who already had mental health concerns and then had to navigate through a pandemic. They’ll share their tips for others. Plus, why some feel connection and a sense of belonging will be the key to moving forward.

By Keira McGuire

COVID Diaries: Then and Now

It has been more than a year since the coronavirus pandemic struck altering life for everyone. On Transforming Health: Coronavirus Then and Now we’ll revisit the stories of those we interviewed at the start of the pandemic. We’ll hear from front line workers, teachers, parents and more. How has life changed and what are they expecting in the near future.

By Keira McGuire

Learning During a Pandemic

We have all been impacted in one way or another by COVID-19. On Transforming Health: Learning During a Pandemic we’ll take a look at how students, teachers and parents have adapted to learning during this time.

By Keira McGuire