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Luther Clark joins Healthy NewsWorks board
March 29, 2021

March 2021 … Healthy NewsWorks is pleased to welcome Dr. Luther T. Clark, a board-certified cardiologist, as a member of its board.

Luther is deputy chief patient officer and global director of scientific, medical and patient perspective in the Office of the Chief Patient Officer at Merck, where he works to ensure that the company’s decision-making reflects not only current scientific and medical information but also the voice of patients. He also is part of a team that seeks to ensure health-care equity and promotes health literacy and research diversity. 

Earlier, he served as Merck’s global director for scientific affairs-cardiovascular and atherosclerosis. Before joining Merck, he was head of cardiovascular medicine and director of adult cardiology training at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Luther was a 2018 Healthy NewsWorks health leader, speaking to student journalists about choosing to become a cardiologist, diversifying clinical trials, and improving health care for African Americans. Read the interview here.

Luther earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. 

“I am passionate about the Healthy NewsWorks mission,” Luther said, “and look forward to advancing, supporting, and sharing information about all the great work being done.”

“The early elementary and middle school years are critically important for helping to set the foundation and foster a love of school and learning in our children,” Luther said. “Healthy NewsWorks has an excellent track record of empowering these students to become researchers, critical thinkers and writers by providing them the necessary health knowledge and literary skills.

“When students develop their powers of inquiry, we not only advance their abilities and the confidence needed to understand and share accurate health information, we also contribute to advancing community health understanding, health behaviors and the pathway toward achieving equity.”

Marian Uhlman, executive director of Healthy NewsWorks, said: “We are tremendously excited to have Luther join our board. He has already made a significant impact on our program as a health leader. He brings a breadth and depth of experience that will allow us to continue growing in new and important ways.”

To learn more about the Healthy NewsWorks Board, visit our Who we are page.

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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.