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ASPPH Hosts “Writing is Public Health” Writing Skills Advisory Group Meeting

On Tuesday, September 19, ASPPH hosted a meeting of advisory group on the importance of developing writing skills in the field of public health.    The initiative is being jointly supported by Linda and Dick Riegelman and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.

The members in attendance concluded the skills and resources needed depend upon the various genres and will plan its collective work accordingly.  The advisory members will be working to plan a series of “Writing is Public Health” events with the goal of improving writing across public health which will be formally announced at the ASPPH Annual Meeting which will be held March 7-9 in Arlington, VA.

Members of the committee are:  Dr. Susan Albertine, senior scholar, Association of American Colleges & Universities; Dr. John Finnegan, Jr., dean, University of Minnesota School of Public Health; Dr.  Frederic Shaw, editor in chief, Public Health Reports, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr.  Kate Wolfe-Quintero, director of professional communication, University of South Florida College of Public Health; Ms.  Mary Murphy-Phillips, director of graduate student life, Boston University School of Public Health; Dean Perry Halkitis, dean, Rutgers School of Public Health; Dr.  Richard Riegelman, professor and founding dean, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health; Dr.  Sara Mackenzie, senior lecturer, University of Washington School of Public Health; Dean Thomas Chandler, dean, University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health; Dr.  Nannette Turner, director, master of public health program, Mercer University Master of Public Health Program; Dr.  Cynthia Wilson, vice president for learning and chief impact officer, League for Innovation in the Community College; Dean Randy Wykoff, dean, East Tennessee State University College of Public Health.

More information will be shared as the initiative develops. Comments and questions should be sent to