Sarah Fentem

Producer Sarah Fentem comes to Side Effects after covering health policy for the Indiana Public Broadcasting regional news collaborative.

Sarah is in charge of Side Effects' digital and social media presence. She also edits for web and contributes story ideas and radio reporting. Her favorite topics include health insurance availability, big pharma and the death industry. 

As a native midwesterner, Sarah believes local audiences deserve high-quality comprehensive, in-depth news coverage and is proud to cover health care issues for a heartland audience. 

In her free time, Sarah likes to run, organize her home while watching the Golden Girls and explore nature. She lives in south Indianapolis with her fiance, Elliot. 

Favorite podcasts: What the Health? from Kaiser Health News, Planet Money and vintage Radiolab.

An analysis released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides further links between syringe services programs and preventing HIV. 


On a recent morning in downtown Tippecanoe County Indiana, a standing-room-only crowd showed up for a county commissioners meeting. The issue at hand? Renewing the county’s syringe exchange program.


Syringe exchanges are a controversial concept. Even when they're successful at containing disease, they can be difficult to sell to the public. In Madison County, Indiana, residents' ethical concerns shut down a program, which was put in place to curb rates of hepatitis C.