Brian Rinker

Rinker, a freelance writer and journalist, reports on public health, child welfare, entrepreneurship, and startups, and helps digital health companies tell their stories. Rinker's work has been published in Business Insider, Kaiser Health News, Health Affairs, the Atlantic, Men’s Health, ABC News, SF Weekly, KQED Radio, Youth Today and other publications. He was also the innovation reporter for the SF Business Times. Rinker holds a dual master’s degree in journalism and public health from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Pandemic relief for foster youth expires, ending aid to thousands

UPDATE: The Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act expired Sept. 30 without an extension. The results of failing to act, advocates warn, will be an estimated 20,000 young adults kicked out of the foster care system and cut off from aid that they have relied on to weather the financial challenges caused by the pandemic.

Youth employment opportunities shine bright this summer

Summer of 2022 is shaping up to be one of economic opportunity for millions of young people, from teens looking for summer jobs to recent college graduates and young adults seeking entry level positions in a new career. Despite recent upticks of Covid-19 cases in some regions, mask mandates, vaccination rules and other restrictions have largely been dismissed. At the same time, employers are increasing wages and flexibility to lure workers in a tight labor market. 

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