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Healthy NewsWorks welcomes new Advisory Board members
December 28, 2011

December 2011… Healthy NewsWorks is pleased to welcome three new members to its volunteer Advisory Board and two members to the board’s new Emerging Leaders Program.
The new Advisory Board members are:

  • William A. Blagmon Sr., a compensation consultant at GlaxoSmithKline plc who has extensive experience in human resource management, data reporting, and IT systems.
  • Linda Derbyshire, who teaches families how to nourish their newborns, has been a parent volunteer for the Chestnutwold Healthy Times, a Healthy NewsWorks newspaper in Havertown, Pa.
  • Moriah Hall, MPH, clinical instructor and MPH coordinator for the Department of Public Health at Temple University’s Harrisburg, Pa., campus.

In addition, Julia Gabis has taken on an “of counsel” role with Healthy NewsWorks after serving nearly two years on the Advisory Board.

“We are very pleased by the commitment William, Linda, and Moriah are making to the future of our program and the continued involvement by Julie,” said Marian Uhlman, program director. “We are deeply grateful to outgoing members Jeremy Tennenbaum and Barbara Beck for their important contributions to the growth and evolution of Healthy NewsWorks over the past three years.”

The Emerging Leaders Program is a new opportunity for young adults to take an active role in shaping Healthy NewsWorks programs and objectives. Our first two members are:

  • Greg Klimowicz, a senior in political science at the University of Pennsylvania who has worked with Healthy NewsWorks to develop the Healthy Post newspaper at Henry C. Lea School in West Philadelphia.
  • Mimi Owusu, a senior studying health and societies at the University of Pennsylvania who served an internship with Healthy NewsWorks during the summer of 2011.

“We are very excited to have Greg and Mimi as part of our Advisory Board,” said Marian. “They both made significant contributions to Healthy NewsWorks during 2011 and we’re confident they’ll bring fresh perspectives and energy that will make our program even stronger and more relevant to our student journalists.”

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