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I’m Sarah. I’m a multimedia journalist originally from Nashville and now living in Brooklyn. I moved to New York in 2017 to pursue a Master’s degree in journalism at NYU, and since then, I’ve been reporting and writing on health, gender, and culture. My subjects range from contraceptive access to climate policy, and I’m especially interested in elevating the voices of women who have something to say.

I currently work as a staff writer for HealthCentral and freelance on the side. My work can be found in places like Elite Daily, Supermajority News, Greatist, Rewire.News, the Women’s Media Center, mindbodygreen, and more. I’m interested in anything and everything affecting young people, gender identity, sexual health, and the future of our planet.

For two years, I co-hosted and produced a podcast called Subtext, examining the intersection of dating and technology. I am currently at work on a new audio project to be released in 2021. When I’m not writing, I’m probably reading, cooking, or dreaming about getting a dog.

Got a tip to share or a story I should cover? My DMs are always open (@sarahaellis_) or I can be reached at sarahabbottellis [at] gmail [dot] com. I’d love to hear from you!

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How Gender Stereotypes Harm Women With Chronic Pain

HealthCentral - April 2021

Though women are more likely than men to experience chronic pain—21.7% of women had chronic pain in 2019, as opposed to 19% of men—they also face patriarchal stereotypes that can make it harder for them to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Could Measles Be The Next Big Outbreak?

HealthCentral - April 2021

Many parents are feeling a crucial tension this year: What’s the line between minimizing COVID exposure and being proactive about your child’s other health needs? Unfortunately, this has led to a marked decrease in pediatric vaccination rates in the U.S., which could leave children susceptible to other infectious diseases like measles, pertussis, or polio.

Chronic During COVID: A HealthCentral Special Report

HealthCentral - March 2021

This last year has been one giant exercise in uncertainty, especially for people living with chronic illness. Doctor’s appointments, once such a regular part of life, suddenly started to look quite different. Telehealth services in the United States increased by 154% from 2019 through part of 2020, revolutionizing the health care system virtually overnight.

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