September 2021…Healthy NewsWorks has been awarded a three-year grant by Quest for Health Equity (Q4HE), a Quest Diagnostics initiative that seeks to close gaps in healthcare in underserved communities.
The grant is intended to help Healthy NewsWorks deepen its impact in its existing partner schools and expand to more schools and communities in the Philadelphia area and beyond. It will support additional opportunities for young reporters to publish articles, illustrations, and videos that address the health issues important to them and their communities.
“We are proud to collaborate with Healthy NewsWorks to support their mission to address literacy and health in underserved populations,” said Mandell Jackson, GM/VP of Q4HE. “These student journalists are empowered to become messengers, educators, and role models for healthy behaviors among their peers, families, and neighbors.”
Quest’s support will enable Healthy NewsWorks to grow its new By Kids For Kids health news service that features content by kids in elementary and middle school. Teachers and parents can also access a companion site with lessons, activities, and videos to encourage student and community engagement. Over the past 18 years, Healthy NewsWorks has worked with thousands of children to teach health literacy while also developing their leadership, critical thinking, and communications skills through journalism.
“We are so grateful to Quest — which has been a Healthy NewsWorks community partner since 2014 — for providing this support of our mission,” said Marian Uhlman, co-founder and executive director of Healthy NewsWorks. “The three-year commitment will make a meaningful difference in our ability to reach more kids, teachers, and community members.”
Q4HE is a wide-ranging initiative to address and reduce health disparities in underserved communities, including those impacted by COVID-19. The multi-year initiative provides a combination of donated testing services, education programs, partnerships, and funding to support initiatives to close the gap in healthcare disparities in underserved communities.
To learn more about Healthy NewsWorks, visit HealthyNewsWorks.org/about-us/mission-milestones/.
To learn more about Quest Diagnostics’ Quest for Healthy Equity, visit QuestforHealthEquity.com.