Aneri Pattani

Multimedia Journalist

The Philadelphia Inquirer 

I’m a health reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer, covering health issues in young adults. Much of my focus is on mental health and substance use — issues of prime concern in this age group. I also enjoy writing about reproductive health and ways to achieve cultural competency in medical care.

In addition to my reporting on this beat, I created and launched a multimedia series with five of my colleagues called Made In Philly. The series focuses on stories of millennials around the region who are trying to solve challenges in their communities, either in small or large ways. We try to focus on communities that have historically been neglected by the media or only covered in a negative light. This is our effort to bring nuance to that coverage. Instead of just focusing on problems in certain communities, we are taking a solutions-oriented approach, where we find those working to address the issue and critically evaluate their work.

College students train to help peers at risk for suicide, depression and more

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Given the overwhelming demand for university counseling centers, students are stepping up to take a role in addressing mental health issues on campus. Some are getting trained in suicide prevention, while others are providing peer counseling services. They say it’s necessary, but some people worry it’s risky and too much for students to handle.

Have young men’s attitudes toward sexual violence changed since Kavanaugh’s youth?

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Sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have shone a spotlight on young men's attitudes toward sexual violence — and whether they've shifted at all in the three decades since the alleged assaults occurred. Research suggests there are at least a few reasons to be optimistic. But some attitudes have simply manifested in subtler ways.

The warnings about alcohol that college students aren’t getting

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With the opioid epidemic in the spotlight, college addiction and recovery experts worry the role of alcohol on campuses is being overlooked. It's still the most prevalent substance used on campus, and we're not doing enough to warn students about its effects on mental health.

 

Discussing women’s health can be taboo in their cultures. These young women are changing that.

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Women from ethnic minorities often struggle to access health information that is stigmatized in their cultures, and doctors too, are often ill-equipped to provide culturally-relevant information. Now young women in these communities are taking it on themselves to change that.

‘Everybody is down to not drink.’ Why young people are drinking less alcohol.

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It may seem surprising amid discussions of Greek life gone wild and alcohol-involved sexual assault but young people in the U.S. today are drinking less alcohol than their counterparts two decades ago.

Youth smoking trends in Philadelphia are changing. Now the city's lost a major tool to stop that.

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Philadelphia teens are increasingly ditching cigarettes in favor of flavored cigarillos, cigars about the size of a cigarette. Policies credited for cutting cigarette smoking, from limits on advertising to higher taxes, have not been applied to cigarillos or other flavored tobacco products. And now Philadelphia has lost the power to do so.