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Safety Nets: An OnQ Special Series


OnQ and WQED are proud to be partners with Highmark in a series of reports and studio interviews on this important community issue. Medical "Safety Nets" help people who are most likely to fall through the cracks of health care coverage. The OnQ staff explores a variety of issues, profiling the people and places who make a difference in the Pittsburgh region. Below are descriptions of OnQ's four days of special coverage.


Safety Nets: Why We Need Them - OnQ's Tonia Caruso reports on the importance of community health centers and other "safety nets" that provide medical services and support for Pittsburgh-area patients who might otherwise have little or no assistance.

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Safety Nets: Community Health Clinic of Butler County - OnQ's Chris Moore visits the Community Health Clinic of Butler County and talks with the staff and the patients about this much-needed facility north of Pittsburgh. The story focuses particularly on older patients.

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Safety Nets: North Side Christian Health Center - Pediatrics is the focus in this report. Funding has greatly improved the care provided at the North Side Christian Health Center, as you will hear from the professionals who work there, and the families who bring their children for treatment.

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Safety Nets: Mental Illness - OnQ's Michael Bartley takes a closer look at local services for people suffering from mental illness. Featured in the report: a man from McKeesport who is bipolar and often attempted suicide before getting life-saving help and ongoing assistance at Mon-Yough Community Services.

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Safety Nets: Mental Illness Discussion - Guests: Robert Adamson and Harold Hartger of Mercy Behavioral Health continue the discussion on the importance of mental health safety nets in the Pittsburgh region.


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Safety Nets: Braddock Hospital Closing - The announcement has stunned this declining urban community. OnQ's Chris Moore reports on the hospital closure, the concern about lost safety nets, as well as reporting on the safety nets that will remain in place for those who need them.

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Our Hearts To Your Soles - A safety net for homeless people started by a Pittsburgh-area teenager with the help of his orthopedic surgeon father, Our Hearts to Your Soles provides shoes and medical foot care. OnQ's Michael Bartley reports.

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Safety Nets: Catholic Charities Discussion - Guest Susan Rauscher, Executive Director of Catholic Charities in Pittsburgh discusses the many other services provided by this downtown Pittsburgh safety net.

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Safety Nets: Serious and Catastrophic Illness - Who helps patients in financial need when they are facing the most serious medical conditions? This report features Pittsburgh-based Adagio Health and its support for women with breast and cervical cancers.

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Safety Nets: Dental Care - OnQ's Michael Bartley reports from East Liberty Family Health Care Center, where low income families find necessary oral and dental treatments.

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Safety Nets In The Community: Discussion - Guest Wilford Payne, Executive Director of Primary Care Health Services, joins host Chris Moore to discuss the importance of medical safety nets in the Pittsburgh region.

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East End Cooperative Ministry

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