Meet the people in our 2021 book

April 2021 … When COVID-19 struck, people went to work. Medical professionals treated patients; other healthcare workers served behind the scenes. Some people helped to spread important health messages; others helped people cope, mentally and physically.

Our student journalists interviewed nearly 20 health and community leaders, essential workers, and others about the many ways they rose to the occasion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those stories will appear in Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2021Doing the Undoable in a Pandemic, to be published in May. It’s the 10th book in a series written and illustrated by elementary and middle school students in the Healthy NewsWorks student media program, and will be unveiled at our free virtual event May 26. Register to attend here.

The people interviewed for our 2021 book are:

  • Diane Amati, quality control/quality assurance lead technologist for infectious disease, Quest Diagnostics Horsham Laboratory
  • Cydney Brown, Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate 
  • Lorraine Brown, BSN, RN, emergency department nurse, Einstein Healthcare Network
  • Kevin R. Carter, M.S.W., clinical director, Uplift Center for Grieving Children
  • Pierre Chanoine, M.D., pediatrician; volunteer with Black Doctors COVID Consortium
  • Lesa Cline-Ransome, award-winning children’s book author
  • Duriel Hardy, M.D., pediatric neurologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; marathoner
  • Erika Keith, customer service representative, Brown Family ShopRite in East Norriton
  • Perla Lara, editor in chief, Impacto
  • Dong Lien, assistant strength and conditioning coach, Philadelphia Phillies
  • Sherri McClintock, hematology supervisor, Quest Diagnostics Horsham Laboratory
  • Paul Offit, M.D., director of Vaccine Education Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Kerri Ryan, assistant principal violist, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Jane Reedy, clinical operations manager, Quest Diagnostics Horsham Laboratory
  • Bhavna Sharma, M.D., critical-care specialist, Einstein Healthcare Network
  • Michael Solomonov, chef, Zahav Restaurant
  • Howard Stevenson, Ph.D., Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, University of Pennsylvania
  • The Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller, senior pastor, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church 
  • Patrick Walsh, director of programs, Martha’s Choice Marketplace

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


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