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Meet our 2015 health leaders
March 29, 2015

2015_book_coverMarch 2015…A top infectious disease specialist, a prominent psychologist, and an artist who helps heal broken communities are among the subjects of a new book written and illustrated by students participating in the Healthy NewsWorks student media program.

All told, 13 individuals will appear in Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2015, the fourth book in a series focused on leaders who work to make our communities healthier and safer.

More than 85 elementary and middle school students in Healthy NewsWorks schools have contributed to this year’s volume. The book will include a companion teacher guide to encourage classroom discussions and activities.

Here is the complete list of 2015 health leaders selected from nominations received:

  • Kaseir Archie, Youth advisory board member, Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
  • Steve Bandura, Recreation leader and coach, Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Jeff Brown, President and CEO, Brown’s Super Stores
  • Edgar Chinchilla and Laura Romano of Einstein Healthcare Network. Mr. Chinchilla is a medical interpreter and Ms. Romano is Director of Volunteer, Chaplaincy, Language and Cultural Services.
  • Marla Davis Bellamy, Director, Philadelphia CeaseFire, and codirector, Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy, Temple University School of Medicine
  • Ana Diez Roux, Dean, Drexel University School of Public Health
  • Julie Gerberding, Executive vice president for strategic communications, global public policy, and population health, Merck, and former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Dan Gottlieb, Psychologist and host of “Voices in the Family,” WHYY-FM
  • Trude Haecker, Medical director, Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia, and medical director, International Patient Services and Quality Improvement, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Roland Lamb, Director, Philadelphia Office of Addiction Services
  • Cy Maramangalam, Program manager, Cadence Youth Cycling, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
  • Lily Yeh, Cofounder, The Village of Arts and Humanities, and founder, Barefoot Artists

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

Healthy NewsWorks will celebrate the students’ work with a book-signing event on Wednesday, May 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Merion Tribute House.

Books can be purchased or sponsored for donation to schools, pediatric practices, and youth organizations, among other recipients.

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Since 2003, Healthy NewsWorks has been empowering elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media.