Mia Milinovich
Mia Milinovich(she/her/hers)
News Reporter, Phoenix

Mia Milinovich expects to graduate in May 2025 with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and English literature. Milinovich is the president of Her Campus, a digital magazine for ASU women. She has worked as a marketing intern at Green Living Magazine and Gen Z Publishing.

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Northern Arizona University research team addresses disparities in access to autism services

FLAGSTAFF – Olivia Lindly, an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University, is leading a research project highlighting disparities in access to autism services. This work will focus on inequitable care experienced by Latino, Black or American Indian and Alaska Native children with autism.

Families with autistic children gathered at a collaborative event put on by the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix and the Arizona Coyotes Foundation in July 2022. (Photo courtesy of Olivia Fryer)

Sage Memorial Hospital in Navajo Nation constructs new facility to improve health care

GANADO – Sage Memorial Hospital is opening a new facility in Ganado, looking to improve rural health care for the Diné people. Despite project hurdles and construction setbacks, the community is looking forward to the hospital’s opening.

Cars travel west on Highway 264 toward Ganado, population 883 as of 2020. (Photo by Kevinjonah Paguio/Cronkite News)

Mobile units and nutrition assistance extend Sage Memorial’s reach

GANADO – Sage Memorial Hospital is tackling access to health care beyond its main facility in Ganado, with two mobile units.

One of Sage Memorial’s mobile health care units displays its mission statement. “We’re hoping to provide comprehensive health care services,” said Kathryn Barron, nurse practitioner and director of outpatient services and community health at Sage Memorial. (Photo by Kevinjonah Paguio/Cronkite News)

Navajo psychiatrist bridges gaps between Native American culture and behavioral health care

GANADO – Dr. Richard Laughter, a Navajo psychiatrist practicing in the heart of the Navajo Nation, incorporates Native American cultural practices into the behavioral health program at Sage Memorial Hospital in Ganado.

Dr. Richard Laughter incorporates traditional Native methods into his psychiatric practice. “You can only do so much for their mental health if you’re just using meds and short therapy sessions,” he said. (Photo by Kevinjonah Paguio/Cronkite News)

Mobile maternity care clinics work to expand prenatal care accessibility

PHOENIX – One in six infants in Arizona was born to a woman receiving inadequate prenatal care in 2022. To tackle lack of accessibility, mobile maternity care units are bringing prenatal care to communities that need affordable prenatal resources.

Umaja Isaiah, a Healthy Mama Festival attendee, is expecting her third child. (Photo by Jack Orleans/Cronkite News)

LGBTQ+ youth face increased risk for suicide and barriers to accessing mental health care

TUCSON – LGBTQ+ youth are facing a persistent mental health crisis and seek gender-affirming resources for support. Societal attitudes and anti-LGBTQ+ legislation create barriers to mental health care for the community.

The exterior of the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th in downtown Tucson. (Photo by Jack Orleans/Cronkite News)

Arizona is in critical need of blood donations for sickle cell disease patients

PHOENIX — A lapse in blood donations has caused a critical blood shortage in Arizona and is affecting sickle cell disease patients. Maintaining a diverse blood supply is especially important for African Americans, who have a higher incidence of sickle cell.

John Chavez gets his blood drawn in a donation chair on Feb 10. (Photo by Jack Orleans/Cronkite news)

Local coalition and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force educate community on disparity in Black breast cancer mortality rates

PHOENIX – PHOENIX – Black women are over 40% more likely to die from breast cancer than white women, despite having a similar cancer incidence rate. The Coalition of Blacks Against Cancer and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force educate the community on the importance of screenings and follow-up care.

Coalition of Blacks Against Cancer co-founder Dr. Michele Halyard, left, and breast cancer survivor Penita Pratcher at an event, sponsored by Breast Believe, Phoenix Raceway and The Larry Fitzgerald Foundation, that offered free mammogram screenings on Nov. 2, 2023. (Photo courtesy of City of Avondale)