Jan Jarvis has been a journalist for 30 years and has covered virtually every beat from entertainment news and municipal government to crime and education. Working for a Texas newspaper gave her the opportunity to tell the stories of many fascinating people, including the first face-transplant recipient in the country. She is now a freelance writer.

All Stories by Jan Jarvis

August 3, 2021

The perils of working as a paramedic

EMT workers fight to save lives while risking their own. Low pay, high stress and mental health dangers have caused some to abandon the industry.

March 2, 2021

When giving birth becomes a matter of life and death

With pregnancy complications and deaths, national statistics show Black, American Indian and Alaska Native women fare poorly.

March 2, 2021

What it means to be Black and sick in America

The roots of disparities are deep. And the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 is indicative of the seemingly never-ending crisis of care.

February 24, 2021

Caregivers’ stress and worries grow as pandemic lingers

The pre-Covid safety net of family, home health and adult day care collapsed, leaving those who tend loved ones more anxious, sometimes resentful, and, often, alone.

February 24, 2021

Mostly virtual now, but relief, support do exist

Organizations throughout the U.S. provide a sense of community for caregivers assisting their relatives. Call or click to connect.