School & Community News

Community Advisory Board is launched
October 8, 2019

October 2019…Healthy NewsWorks has launched a Community Advisory Board to ensure a closer connection between its school-based health journalism program and the community.

The board is made up of 16 community leaders with a broad range of expertise and skills, most of whom attended an inaugural meeting recently in Philadelphia.

“We have felt for some time the need for Healthy NewsWorks to be able to tap into the wisdom and ideas of a broader swathe of the community, and this board will help make that possible,” said Marian Uhlman, executive director of the program.

The advisory board is expected to be an important resource for the Healthy NewsWorks board as the organization expands its program for children ages 5 to 14. The board will advise Healthy NewsWorks about its programs, assist in building relationships within the community, and help with outreach efforts.

The inaugural members of the Community Advisory Board as of Sept. 30 are:

  • Steven Bradley, president and chief executive officer, Bradley & Bradley
  • Bettyann Creighton, former executive director of the Office of Health, Safety, and Physical Activity, School District of Philadelphia
  • Ron Davis, chief diversity officer, Parx Casino
  • Greg DeShields, executive director, PHL Diversity
  • Stephen Fried, journalist and author
  • Aviva Habib, former Healthy NewsWorks board member and elementary school teacher who participated in the Healthy NewsWorks program   
  • Leroy Howell, manager, Constituency Relations, Einstein Healthcare Network
  • Omar Joseph, director of regional marketing-East for Quest Diagnostics
  • Amy Krulik, executive director, Kaiserman JCC, and former Healthy NewsWorks board president
  • Sharon Manker, supplier diversity coordinator and senior buyer, supply chain—national supplier diversity, American Water
  • Lorina Marshall-Blake, president, IBX Foundation
  • Bonnie  Offit, M.D., pediatrician, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Walter Tsou, M.D., public health and health policy consultant
  • Elizabeth Useem,  former Healthy NewsWorks board member and former director of research at the Philadelphia Education Fund
  • Diana Utu, vice president-store manager, TD Bank
  • Jesse Vanko, vice president-store manager, TD Bank     

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