2022 Film & Book Fest

A Special Evening of Celebration

In May 2022, Healthy NewsWorks held an in-person and virtual event at the Merion Tribute House in Merion, PA, to premier a student-created film and accompanying book, both focusing on “How We Heal.” On this page, you can find a trailer for the film and other details about the event.

To learn how to view our student film on healing, click here.

NBC10’s Tracy Davidson served as emcee for a talkback after the film.

Meet the leaders featured in our film

Tami D. Benton, M.D.

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Tami D. Benton, M.D., is psychiatrist-in-chief, executive director, and chair of the department of child and adolescent psychiatry and behavioral sciences, clinical director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Sandra L. Bloom, M.D.

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Sandra L. Bloom, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist, graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, and associate professor at the Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University. Her pioneering work in traumatic stress studies spans 40 years, and she is author of a series of books on trauma-informed care.

Pierre Chanoine, M.D.

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Pierre Chanoine, M.D., is a pediatrician based in Abington and Jamison.

Vanessa Northington Gamble

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Vanessa Northington Gamble, M.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Medical Humanities and American Studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is the author of several widely acclaimed publications on the history of race and racism in American medicine and bioethics.

Jermel Johnson

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Jermel Johnson retired in May 2022 from the Philadelphia Ballet after 19 years. A Baltimore native, he studied ballet from an early age and rose to perform as a principal dancer in ballets including Swan LakeA Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Sleeping Beauty, and the works of George Balanchine. He is now a licensed massage therapist. 

Jordan Mailata

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Jordan Mailata is an offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles. He is an Australian native of Samoan heritage and formerly played professional rugby in Australia. 

Susan R. Weiss, Ph.D.

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Susan R. Weiss, Ph.D., is a professor of microbiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as co-director of the Penn Center for Research on Coronaviruses and Other Emerging Pathogens.

Thank you to all our supporters

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