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Rebekah Barber

Research Associate/Writer

Rebekah is a research associate at the Institute for Southern Studies and writer for Facing South. Her research focuses on racial justice, democracy, and Southern history. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and history from N.C. Central University in Durham, North Carolina.

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Articles by Rebekah

Will politicians who blame mass shootings on mental illness expand Medicaid?

June 9, 2022 - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has blamed unaddressed mental health problems for the mass shooting of 19 schoolchildren and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde. So why isn't he pressing to expand Medicaid in his state and others to give more people access to care? Meanwhile, mental health advocates say they worry about politicians' rhetoric linking mental illness and mass shootings.

How community care can address the South's maternal mortality crisis

February 25, 2022 - Inspired by her own experience with postpartum depression, Louisiana nurse practitioner and doula Nikki Greenaway launched an innovative practice to care for vulnerable new mothers. She talks with Facing South about how her model of community care can help address the maternal mortality crisis, which is especially dire among young Black women living in Louisiana and other Southern states.