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Daylina Miller

Multimedia Journalist

Daylina Miller is a multimedia journalist covering health and general news for WUSF and Health News Florida, a statewide reporting collaborative with other public radio stations.

She reports and produces features and daily news spots for broadcast, and collaborates with colleagues on their stories, producing photo galleries, videos, audiograms, social media stories and more.

Daylina got her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida, then a master’s in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University.

In her free time, she runs her own photography business, builds cosplays for geek conventions, hoards boardgames, and adds to her growing army of front-yard Halloween flamingoes.

Contact Daylina at 813-974-8629, on Twitter @DaylinaMiller or by email at daylinamiller@wusf.org

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Several civil legal aid organizations in Florida have filed a federal class action lawsuit against the agencies that operate the state's Medicaid system.

A banner that says Association of American Indian Physicians hangs behind a speaker podium at a Chicago conference.
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According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, American Indian and Alaska Native people suffer some of the poorest health outcomes in the United States.

But 90% of U.S. medical schools have three or fewer native students.

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A new Department of Homeland Security rule means immigrants legally in the United States may no longer be eligible for green cards if they use food stamps, Medicaid and other public benefits.

Florida Policy Institute analysts say that’s already having a “chilling effect” on immigrants coming into the country, individuals now worried about applying for medical and housing assistance.

Dr. Anna Giuliano and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor stand at a podium speaking to the press.
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As most Florida students return to school on Monday, doctors are urging their parents to consider vaccinations beyond those required by the state, like the one for the human papilloma virus.

Doctor sits with patient.
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A phase III clinical trial is underway at the University of South Florida for a drug that targets the genetic cause of Huntington’s Disease, or HD, which is described as having a mix of Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Alzheimer’s.

Health New's Florida's Daylina Miller talked with USF Health neurologist Dr. Juan Sanchez-Ramos about what that means for a disease that has a 50%  chance of being passed down to children.

A man with a beard and wearing a purple shirt holds up a white, plastic applicator that goes into a nostril and sprays a drug that revives people who have overdosed on opioids.
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Pasco County has consistently ranked among the hardest hit areas of Florida throughout the opioid crisis.

But county substance abuse and mental health leaders continue to band together to approach the problem as a community.

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On a perfectly manicured practice field at the new Atlanta Braves spring training facility in North Port, dozens of girls from across the country are lined up for batting practice.

They are here for a girls baseball camp, and are being coached by members of the gold medal winning U.S Women’s Baseball World Cup team, players from Canada’s national team, and alumni from the World War II era, All American Girl's Professional Baseball League, which inspired the movie, "A League of their Own." 

Middle school teachers fill out a practice sheet
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University of South Florida psychologists are using a new $375,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to teach Pasco County teachers how to better identify mental health risk in their students.

Fresh green limes and red tomatoes in bins at a farmer's market.
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More than 2.8 million Floridians are unable to access affordable, healthy food in their community, according to Feeding America.

Florida Blue's parent company, GuideWell, is issuing a challenge to both organizations and individuals: submit a proposal that could lessen or end hunger in their own backyard.

A surgeon sits behind a console and uses a joystick to manipulate robotic arms during a surgery.
Courtesy Corindus Vascular Robotics.

By Daylina Miller

A Pasco County hospital is the first in the Tampa Bay region to use a new robotic technology to treat coronary artery disease.

A pediatrician meets with a small child and their mother in an exam room.
PolicyLab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

By Daylina Miller

Of the 8.6 million children in working families who are covered by public insurance, more than 70% have a parent who works at a large, private company, according to a new study from PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

A screenshot of the Florida Policy Institute report header with gears and medical symbols in different shades of blue.
Florida Policy Institute

By Daylina Miller

A new report says Florida could save nearly $200 million in fiscal year 2022-23 by expanding the Medicaid program.

Blue green algae floats in the lower St. Johns River in May 2010.
Courtesy Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

Pinellas County officials are urging residents and visitors to stay away from some blue-green algae blooms that have popped up in the last week.

Department of Children and Family Services Assistant Secretary for Economic Self-Sufficiency Taylor Hatch and Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Colonel Kurt A. Hoffman stand at a podium in the Sheriff's media room to announce a data breach.
Courtesy Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

By Daylina Miller

Thousands of Floridians – including children - who receive public assistance benefits like food stamps and Medicaid had their personal information stolen by a Department of Children and Families employee.

A beige landline phone sits on a desktop.
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Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa is one of many health care providers around the country reporting an uptick in roboballs.

By Daylina Miller

Dentists burdened by high student loan debt may soon get some relief.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law HB 843 that – among other things - revives a defunct loan repayment program for dentists who see low-income patients.

Close up of a hand holding an e-ciggarette with amber liquid inside.
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Several new laws go into effect next week, including a ban on vaping in indoor workplaces.

Spring Hill resident Stepheny Cashion spoons greenish brownpowdered kratom into a white, plastic capsule maker. She uses the Southeast Asia plant to treat her chronic pain.
Daylina Miller/WUSF Public Media

At her home in Spring Hill, Stepheny Cashion sits at her kitchen table with a bag of greenish-brown powder and a white, plastic box.

She pours out some empty, clear pills and pops them into the capsule maker. Then she scrapes the powdered kratom with a business card into the capsules.

Hands holding the pregnant belly of an African-American woman.
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A new report shows that in Florida - one of 14 states that did not expand Medicaid - the uninsured rate for women of childbearing age is more than twice as high as the average for Medicaid expansion states.

This means a higher rate of maternal deaths and infant mortality.

Senator Rick Scott sits at a Tampa at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce along with Chairman Jamie Harden.
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U.S. Senator, and former Florida Governor, Rick Scott met with health care professionals , local lawmakers and patients Monday morning at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce to discuss his efforts to make health care affordable.

Education officials proposed the change to the statewide school curriculum in June, following discussions with First Lady Casey DeSantis, who has made the mental health issue one of her top priorities.
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Florida’s First Lady Casey DeSantis announced a new statewide mental health initiative Thursday morning at Roland Park K-8 Magnet School in Tampa.

A therapist poses with a young boy at a state health meeting in Tampa.
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The state Agency for Health Care Administration wrapped up a series of statewide public meetings last week to address proposed changes to the Medicaid program that covers applied behavior analysis therapy.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody
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Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody - flanked by Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco and Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister - led a discussion in Tampa Wednesday about ways to end mental health stigma and prevent law enforcement officer suicides.

Child at autism clinic drawing on paper.
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The state Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) will roll out a GPS tracking pilot program as part of its effort to crack down on Medicaid fraud. 

A map shows Florida aligns with the national average for health security measures.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Florida has improved its ranking in an annual report that rates states on how prepared they are for public health emergences.

Teeth cleaning in process
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Several counties in Florida have very few dentists who accept Medicaid - and a few have none at all.

But a bill passed by the Florida House and Senate could incentivize new dentists to work in those areas.

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Florida legislators have passed a bill that would pave the way for residents to buy cheaper prescription drugs imported from Canada.

Photo Courtesy Amy Gall/St. Joseph's Hospitals

President Donald Trump signed into law a bill that will encourage states to better coordinate health care for children with complex medical conditions.

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Behavioral therapists who work mostly with children on the autism spectrum say the state agency that oversees the Medicaid program is finally starting to listen to their concerns.

Protesters outside the Tampa AHCA office hold signs defending ABA therapy and opposing cuts to Medicaid.
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The state Agency for Health Care Administration is limiting how many people can attend a series of public meetings after so many people showed up to a meeting in Tampa earlier this month that AHCA split it into two sessions.

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