Experience

Health Communications Specialist, Chenega Government Consulting

  • Create health communications products for bioterrorism preparedness at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Write and edit website content related to emergency preparedness
  • Create and maintain partnerships with professional organizations, state and local health departments, and other stakeholders
  • Conduct formative and evaluative research for health messaging, aid in organizing focus groups and webinars to collect feedback from state and lcoal partners and the public
  • Support the promotion and use of plain language in federal communications for the public
  • Participate in the planning and execution of emergency response exercises and worked in communications for a multi-state outbreak

Writer/Editor, Emergint Technologies

  • Consultant for the Division of Healthcare Quality and Promotion at the CDC
  • Wrote and edited website content, reports and communications products to be published on the web
  • Worked with state and local health partners to develop and promote their success stories in healthcare-acquired infection prevention

Editor, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

  • Editor of the College’s alumni magazine, Aesculapian
  • Responsible for producing 2 magazines; researched and wrote articles, edited and reviewed freelance writers’ content, designed layout
  • Collaborated with freelance writers, arranged interviews and managed printing process

Communications Intern, Schistosomiasis Consortium for Operational Research & Evaluation                                                  

  • Traveled to Kenya and Zanzibar to observe schistosomiasis control initiatives funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Observed field and lab research, interviewed researchers and worked closely with community health departments, health workers, teachers and community members
  • Maintained a blog, wrote and designed an educational brochure about field research being done globally by the Consortium

Freelance Health Writer    

  • Contributed over 10 health-related print articles and multimedia packages to Georgia Health News, Georgia Public Health News Bureau, Grady Journal, and Like the Dew

Graduate Assistant, University System of Georgia, Information Technology Services                  

  • Edited and designed administrative reports, brochures and newsletters for distribution
  • Collaborated with a team to generate new content for Georgia ONmyLINE distance education website
  • Identified new ways to market distance education initiatives through social media, marketing materials, websites, advertisements

Other Experience

  • Produced videos and print articles for the Med School Project, an ongoing documentary portfolio following the opening of the Georgia Health Sciences University/UGA Medical Partnership in Athens, Ga.
  • Invited as a science writing scholar to attend two National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Conferences for Imaging Science in 2010 and Ecosystem Services in 2011, national gatherings of experts in these fields to brainstorm new research directions
  • Attended the National Association of County & City Health Officials Public Health Preparedness Summit 2011, contributed a blog post to its WordPress site

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SKILLS

Public Health: Experience studying and designing health media campaigns, health messages, and health interventions; understanding of risk communication and health communication theories, Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Training, understanding of plain language principles

Research: Experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research

Writing: AP style; experience writing and editing web, magazine and newspaper content, press releases, scholarly articles, administrative reports; ability to use different style guides as needed

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Blogger

Software: Microsoft Office Suite, Windows, Mac OsX, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Final Cut Studio, Audacity, ExpressionEngine

Multimedia: Experienced in graphic design of magazines, newspapers, brochures, newsletters, administrative reports; advanced audio and video editing skills

Other: Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work under deadlines, adaptability to social or solitary environment; proficient in French

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