Healthy NewsWorks student journalists interviewed nearly 20 health and community leaders about the pandemic’s challenges for Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2021: Doing the Undoable in a Pandemic.  

Answering the call

  • Lorraine Brown, B.S.N., R.N., emergency department nurse, Einstein Healthcare Network
  • Pierre Chanoine, M.D., pediatrician; volunteer with Black Doctors COVID Consortium
  • Bhavna Sharma, M.D., critical-care specialist, Einstein Healthcare Network

Serving behind the scenes

  • Diane Amati, quality control/quality assurance lead technologist for infectious disease, Quest Diagnostics Horsham Laboratory
  • Erika Keith, customer service representative, Brown Family ShopRite in East Norriton
  • Sherri McClintock, hematology supervisor, Quest Diagnostics Horsham Laboratory
  • Jane Reedy, clinical operations manager, Quest Diagnostics Horsham Laboratory
  • Michael Solomonov, chef, Zahav Restaurant
  • Patrick Walsh, director of programs, Martha’s Choice Marketplace

Spreading the message

  • Perla Lara, editor in chief, Impacto
  • Paul Offit, M.D., director of Vaccine Education Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Helping others cope

  • Kevin R. Carter, M.S.W., clinical director, Uplift Center for Grieving Children
  • Howard Stevenson, Ph.D., Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, University of Pennsylvania
  • Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller, senior pastor, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church 

Feeding the soul

  • Cydney Brown, Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate 
  • Lesa Cline-Ransome, award-winning children’s book author
  • Kerri Ryan, assistant principal violist, Philadelphia Orchestra

Staying in shape

  • Duriel Hardy, M.D., pediatric neurologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; marathoner
  • Dong Lien, assistant strength and conditioning coach, Philadelphia Phillies

We thank them for their contributions to our communities and for sharing their stories with our student journalists.


Fifth grader Jayvyn asks NFL player Malcolm Jenkins: “What has the pandemic taught you?”

Eighth grader Joshua asked Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier about the role business can take in addressing political issues.

Program alumna Kayla talked to us about the incredible experiences she had with Healthy NewsWorks, and how the program set her up for success this year:


Kenneth Frazier, J.D., is chairman and CEO of Merck. A strong advocate for social justice and economic inclusion, he has been the recipient of such awards as the Anti-Defamation League Courage Against Hate Award, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund National Equal Justice Award, and the National Minority Quality Forum’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He has made numerous contributions to the legal, business, and humanitarian fields.


Malcolm Jenkins is an NFL safety who has played for both the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s won two Super Bowls — one with each team. He is the founder of the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, which aims to effectuate positive change in the lives of youth, particularly those in underserved communities. It operates in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, and Louisiana.


Michael Osterholm, Ph.D., M.P.H, is director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. An epidemiologist, he was a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. He is the author of the 2017 best seller, Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs.



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