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Wednesday, May 20, 2020, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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Attend our virtual celebration!
Healthy NewsWorks Book Reveal

Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2020 Cover

Honoring the publication of
Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2020
In this year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will celebrate the launch of our ninth book with a special virtual event rather than an in-person gathering.

Jackie Judd, a former reporter for ABC News, NPR, and the "PBS NewsHour," will host the online event, scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 20.

Students, health leaders, teachers, and others will join us from their respective homes or safe spaces. You’ll hear Healthy NewsWorks student reporters interview prominent figures in health, psychology, journalism, and other fields on issues related to the coronavirus. 

And we'll unveil the 2020 book, which features interviews with Philadelphia-area health leaders.

Registration is FREE!

Consider a donation
As a nonprofit organization whose finances have depended in part on raising funds through our book event in past years, Healthy NewsWorks would be grateful if you could consider making a donation as part of your registration.

Your generosity will help us continue to deliver accurate, relevant, and engaging health news and information that is written and illustrated by elementary and middle school students in high-needs schools. 

Introducing our leaders
Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2020—People Who Are Shaping a Better Future is written and illustrated by elementary and middle school students who have interviewed 10 Philadelphia-area health leaders who are working to prepare our communities for a healthier future.

The 2020 health leaders, who were selected from community nominations, are:

  • Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, Ph.D., Mitchell J. Blutt and Margo Krody Blutt Presidential Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dave Brindley, Founder, Not in Philly
  • Brandi Chawaga, Director of Community Wellness, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
  • Joanne Douglas, Manager, Watershed Interpretation and Youth River Program, Bartram’s Garden
  • Nic Esposito, Director, Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet, City of Philadelphia
  • Thomas Farley, M.D., M.P.H., Commissioner of Health, City of Philadelphia
  • Saba Khan, M.D., Director, Healthy Weight Food Pharmacy, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Michael O’Bryan, Director of Learning, The Village of Arts and Humanities
  • Rosalind Pichardo, Founder, Operation Save Our City
  • Sophie Sarkar, Co-Founder/Co-Director, PGM ONE Summit, and Partner in the Avarna Group

The student journalists also interviewed three health leaders from past books. The year in parentheses is when they were originally recognized in the Leading Healthy Change series:

  • Frederic Bertley, Ph.D. (2016), CEO, Center of Science and Industry (Columbus, Ohio)
  • A. Scott McNeal, D.O. (2012), President and CEO, Delaware Valley Community Health
  • Raina Merchant, M.D. (2014), Associate Vice President, Penn Medicine, and Director, Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health

Our thanks to all of these individuals for their contributions to our communities and for sharing their stories with our student journalists.

Healthy NewsWorks logoWho we are
Healthy NewsWorks empowers elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, critical thinkers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media..

Executive Director
Marian Uhlman

Community Outreach Manager
Diane Davis

President: Amy B. Ginensky, J.D.
Vice Presidents: James W. Buehler, M.D., and Andrew D. Magnus
Secretary: Laurita Hack, D.P.T., M.B.A., Ph.D.
Treasurer: H. George Shoffner, C.P.A.
Members: Justin Campbell, C.P.A., 
Moriah Hall, M.P.H., Kenny Johnson, Victoria Kinzig, M.S. Ed., Sharon Manker, M.Ed., Elizabeth Rappaport, M.D., Eileen Ruby, Deborah Stern, M.A.T., Ph.D.

Participating schools and newspapers (2019–20)

Norristown Area School District

- Cole Manor Elementary School, Healthy Comet

- East Norriton Middle School, Bulldog Bulletin
- Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy, Healthy Panther
- Gotwals Elementary School, Healthy Comet
- Whitehall Elementary School, Healthy Reporter

School District of Philadelphia
- AMY Northwest Middle School, Healthy Bulldog
- James Dobson School, Fit Fin
James Logan Elementary School, Healthy News
- Laura Waring Elementary School, Healthy Times
- Spring Garden Elementary School, Healthy Mission 
- Tanner Duckrey Elementary School, Healthy Post
- William Cramp Elementary School, Fit Flyer

Independence Mission Schools
- St. Martin de Porres Catholic School, Healthy Saint
- St. Veronica Catholic School, 
Healthy Hero

Independent Philadelphia School
- La Salle Academy, Healthy News

Charter School
 Laboratory Charter School, Healthy Cheetah

Community Healthcare Champion

Community Wellness Partner

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Healthy NewsWorks is a registered Pennsylvania charitable organization. The official registration and financial information of Healthy NewsWorks may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling, toll-free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.