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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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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.

The Psychology of Chronic Pain

HealthCentral - February 2021

The pains started in Debbie Cook’s feet when she was a dancer in high school. Soon after, it spread to her hands, then eventually her neck and back. Cook, 45, from Hueytown, AL, sought out doctor after doctor to diagnose her traveling pain, but no one could.

Why the Maternal Health Crisis Needs Bold Solutions—Especially in the South

Rewire News Group - February 2021

According to the March of Dimes 2020 report on maternal and infant health, the states with the highest levels of infant mortality and preterm births are mostly concentrated in the Southeast. This crisis is a multilayered problem, with deep roots in the history of racism and a continued foothold in lack of access to care.

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