Oakley Seiter
Oakley Seiter(she/her/hers)
News Reporter, Phoenix

Oakley Seiter expects to graduate in December 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication. Seiter has interned as a content creator for Vedara and has written for The Lumberjack as a feature/culture writer.

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Nevada summit discusses problem of – and solutions to – youth homelessness

LAS VEGAS – A summit to address youth homelessness in Nevada brought organizations together to explore solutions to end youth homelessness.

The seventh annual Nevada Youth Homelessness Summit takes place at the Smith Center for Performing Arts in Las Vegas on Nov. 8. (Photo by Oakley Seiter/Cronkite News)

Maricopa County uses portion of national opioid settlement for group that helps recovering women

PHOENIX – Maricopa County got $2 million in national opioid settlement funds and gave $60,000 to Live and Learn AZ, a local organization that supported April Hernandez so she could overcome a crystal meth addiction and get back on her feet.

Live & Learn AZ, a nonprofit organization founded in 2012, aims to empower women in the Phoenix metro area and break generational poverty. (Photo By Hunter Fore/Cronkite News)

A Flagstaff nonprofit helps its Indigenous community combat high rates of diabetes using holistic approaches

FLAGSTAFF – Native Americans for Community Action (NACA) combats diabetes within Flagstaff's Indigenous community using a holistic approach. It focuses on reconnecting with traditional cultural practices to manage and prevent diabetes.

Morgan Farley, a Navajo diabetes health coach at NACA, outside NACA’s wellness center, where community members get diabetes management and prevention services. Many studies show that obesity puts people at a higher risk for having diabetes. The NACA program focuses on increasing patients’ physical activity and encouraging healthy eating habits, while also emphasizing the importance of traditional and cultural wellness practices. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 89.8% of adults aged 18 and older diagnosed with diabetes between 2017 and 2020 were classified as overweight or obese. (Photo by Oakley Seiter/Cronkite News)

One·n·ten organization serves LGBTQ+ youth by providing mental, emotional and physical well-being resources

PHOENIX – One·n·ten, a nonprofit Phoenix organization, serves LGBTQ+ youth by providing resources for mental, emotional and physical well-being. Members share their personal stories and talk about the importance of having safe, inclusive spaces for the LGBTQ+ community.

One·n·ten, a nonprofit organization, operates a center in downtown Phoenix for LGBTQ+ youth, offering safe, inclusive spaces and resources for young people to be themselves. (Photo by Oakley Seiter/Cronkite News)

Phoenix successfully clears its largest homeless encampment by deadline, shifts focus to long-term solutions

PHOENIX – Phoenix cleared its largest homeless encampment, The Zone, by Nov. 4, addressing the urgent need to relocate nearly 1,000 unhoused individuals. Now, the city focuses on implementing lasting solutions for its homeless population.

Officials from the city of Phoenix block off 12th Avenue between Jefferson and Madison streets on the morning of Oct. 20 to facilitate the clearing of a homeless encampment under a court order issued earlier this year. (Photo by John Leos/Cronkite News)

Healthcare Rising Arizona collects signatures for abortion access petition at the Arizona State Fair

PHOENIX – Healthcare Rising Arizona is working to get 383,923 signatures for a ballot initiative that would amend the Arizona Constitution to establish abortion access as a fundamental right. The group set up a booth at the Arizona State Fair to talk to attendees and ask for support.

Jadie Grahn, 42, smiles at her 15-month- old son, Ace, after signing the petition to add abortion access to the Arizona’s 2024 general election ballot. After working as a labor and delivery nurse, Grahn signed the petition knowing the negative impact unintended pregnancies have on low-income people or people suffering from drug addiction. (Photo by John Leos/Cronkite News)

Arizona manages Medicaid “unwinding” post-COVID by relying on communication with AHCCCS members and community assistance

PHOENIX – The Arizona agency that handles Medicaid, AHCCCS, has been reevaluating the eligibility of its members since April 1 due to income criteria changing after COVID-19. AHCCCS Connect and community support is crucial in navigating these changes and finding affordable alternatives.

DIY filtration boxes from ASU help prevent spread of COVID-19 in Phoenix cooling centers

PHOENIX – The ASU AIDE lab makes and distributes free filtration boxes to cooling centers across metro Phoenix, helping prevent the spread of COVID in the homeless community. These boxes are a cheap and effective way to improve air quality.

Student volunteers at the end of a "box-a-thon" build day in 2022 outside ASU’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change on the Tempe campus. (Photo by Steve Filmer/ASU News)