Former Healthcare Reporter
Sammy Caiola has been covering health care in California for the last seven years. Before joining CapRadio in 2017, Sammy was a health reporter at The Sacramento Bee. She has degrees in journalism and gender studies from Northwestern University.
Over time, Sammy has developed an interest in trauma and its impact on mental and physical wellbeing. Her major projects have explored Black child mortality, suicide in rural towns, health care for undocumented Californians and the aftermath of sexual assault. She was part of a National Edward R. Murrow Award-winning project about aging, and was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists for her breaking news coverage of the 2020 racial justice demonstrations.
Sammy is an amateur musical theatre performer and an avid hiker. She hails from Long Island, New York.
January 12, 2022
Following an hours-long debate and public discussion, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors voted to ban flavored tobacco sales — including menthol. The ban takes effect July 2022.
January 10, 2022
A new health care proposal would establish a tax to pay for a single-payer insurance option for all Californians. This is the latest in a years-long push to reform the state’s health care system.
January 6, 2022
As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads rapidly in California, hospitals are filling up and expecting even more patients, including pediatric cases.
November 4, 2021
Pharmacies and doctors’ offices are starting to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to children ages 5-11 following federal approval. Here’s what parents need to know.
November 1, 2021
Enrollment for Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace, is now open. And this year, health officials say there is extra federal assistance available to low and middle-income families.
Sacramento’s ‘safe ground’ locations help unhoused people, but advocates say more need to open before winter
October 27, 2021
Six months after its opening, a city of Sacramento program to let unhoused people camp and park in an empty lot is getting some people indoors. But advocates say it’s not enough, especially with cold weather approaching.
October 14, 2021
COVID-19 vaccines will likely spare California from another fall and winter surge, but the pandemic isn’t over and precautions are still needed this holiday season.
Restorative Justice Group Offers Closure, Redemption For Both Survivors And Perpetrators Of Sexual Violence
August 23, 2021
For some sexual assault survivors, going to the police isn’t a safe or appealing option. Restorative justice offers a way for perpetrators and the people they’ve harmed to meet in a supervised setting.
Sacramento Homeless Outreach Groups Continue Efforts To Raise Vaccination Rates As Delta Variant Spreads
August 18, 2021
Advocates for unhoused Sacramentans say immunization rates are low, but more outreach and city-sanctioned campsites could help improve the situation.
Governor Newsom Is Mandating Vaccines For Teachers, Health Care Workers. Disability Advocates Say It Should Apply To Caregivers, Too
August 12, 2021
Health care workers in group settings must be fully immunized by the end of September under a new state order. Disability advocates say the rule should also apply to home care workers.