Farah Yousry

Farah Yousry covers health equity for Side Effects Public Media, in partnership with the Indianapolis Recorder. She focuses on healthcare disparities in minority communities across the Midwest. Before moving to the U.S., she worked as a journalist for local news organizations in Egypt during the Arab Spring and the contentious political period following the Egyptian revolution. She has worked with the BBC World Service for over five years, producing radio, television and digital features for an audience in the tens of millions across Europe and the Middle East. Farah speaks Arabic, English and Mandarin Chinese.

The U.S. saw more than 400,000 extra deaths in 2020 compared to the previous two years. Much of this excess death was caused by COVID-19. But new research from the University of Notre Dame suggests that around 15 percent of these deaths are not directly related to the virus.

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In the small southern Indiana city of New Albany, school board meetings are normally nothing special.

“A regular board meeting? It's typically maybe a few teachers, administrators who have something to contribute to the meeting. The local newspaper, and that's about it,” said Elaine Murphy, president of the board for New Albany-Floyd County Schools.

Updated August 26, 2021 at 11:18 AM ET

In the small southern Indiana city of New Albany, school board meetings are normally nothing special.

The elected board members discuss, vote on budgets and other plans before the meeting is quietly wrapped up. But nothing prepared Elaine Murphy, the president of the school board of the New Albany-Floyd County school district, for the Aug. 9 meeting.