Patti Neighmond Award-winning journalist Patti Neighmond is NPR's health policy correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.
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Patti Neighmond

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Award-winning journalist Patti Neighmond is NPR's health policy correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.

Based in Los Angeles, Neighmond has covered health care policy since April 1987. She joined NPR's staff in 1981, covering local New York City news as well as the United Nations. In 1984, she became a producer for NPR's science unit and specialized in science and environmental issues.

Neighmond has earned a broad array of awards for her reporting. In 1993, she received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of health reform. That same year, she received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for a story on a young quadriplegic who convinced Georgia officials that she could live at home less expensively and more happily than in a nursing home. In 1990, Neighmond won the World Hunger Award for a story about healthcare and low-income children. She received two awards in 1989: a George Polk Award for her powerful ten-part series on AIDS patient Archie Harrison, who was taking the anti-viral drug AZT; and a Major Armstrong Award for her series on the Canadian health care system. The Population Institute, based in Washington, DC, has presented its radio documentary award to Neighmond twice: in 1988 for "Family Planning in India" and in 1984 for her coverage of overpopulation in Mexico. Her 1987 report "AIDS and Doctors" won the National Press Club Award for Consumer Journalism, and her two-part series on the aquaculture industry earned the 1986 American Association for the Advancement of Science Award.

Neighmond began her career in journalism in 1978, at the Pacifica Foundation's DC bureau, where she covered Capitol Hill and the White House. She began freelance reporting for NPR from New York City in 1980. Neighmond earned her bachelor's degree in English and drama from the University of Maryland, and now lives in Los Angeles.

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After a difficult time in her life, Jill Hill knew she needed therapy. But it was hard to get the help she needed in the rural town she lives in, Grass Valley, Calif., until she found a local telehealth program. Salgu Wissmath for NPR hide caption

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With Rural Health Care Stretched Thin, More Patients Turn To Telehealth

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There's More Evidence That Too Much Sitting Can Be Very Unhealthy

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Jeannine sorts through a binder of writing assignments from her therapy. In keeping a journal about her past experiences with pain, she noticed that the pain symptoms began when she was around 8 — a time of escalating family trauma at home. Jessica Pons for NPR hide caption

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Can You Reshape Your Brain's Response To Pain?

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Leitha Dollarhyde, a retired caregiver who lives in a rural town near Whitesburg, Ky., says she could not afford an unexpected $1,000 expense. Sydney Boles for NPR hide caption

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Poll: Many Rural Americans Struggle With Financial Insecurity, Access To Health Care

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Copperhead snakes are one of the four kinds of venomous snakes in the United States. kristianbell/RooM RF/Getty Images hide caption

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How You (And Your Dog) Can Avoid Snake Bites — And What To Do If You Get Bitten

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Black mothers are more likely than white mothers to die during pregnancy or delivery or in the year following. JGI/Tom Grill/Getty Images/Tetra images RF hide caption

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The newer 3D mammograms provide a more detailed picture of the breast tissue, leading to more precise detection of abnormalities. andresr/Getty Images hide caption

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When It's Time For A Mammogram, Should You Ask For 3D?

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A nurse prepares the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Haverstraw, N.Y. Several measles outbreaks in New York state are contributing to this year's unusually high measles rates. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Measles Outbreak 'Accelerates,' Health Officials Warn

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Consumer Product Safety Commission Warns Parents About 'Rock 'n Play' Infant Rocker

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Women Tell FDA That More Research Is Needed On Health Risks Of Breast Implants

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During the era that social media and smartphones has risen, depression and stress among young people has also risen. Roy James Shakespeare/Getty Images hide caption

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A Rise In Depression Among Teens And Young Adults Could Be Linked To Social Media Use

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For most of us, the benefits of a walk greatly outweigh the risks, doctors say. Get off the couch now. Elena Bandurka /EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Walk Your Dog, But Watch Your Footing: Bone Breaks Are On The Rise

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After widespread pressure to repudiate anti-vaccine misinformation on the social media platform, Facebook announced on Thursday that it's taking several steps to tackle the issue. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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It's well-known that junk food ads on TV can strongly influence what kids want to eat. A study finds social media influencers can have the same effect on kids --but not when it comes to healthy foods. Jessica Lee Photography/Getty Images/Image Source hide caption

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Social Media May Sway Kids To Eat More Cookies — And More Calories

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