Meet the staff behind Healthy NewsWorks

October 2021 … This fall, hundreds of students in the Philadelphia region will learn to distinguish fact from fiction and how to source reliable information. Before long, they will produce trustworthy, health-focused school newspapers filled with their writing and art. Helping them on their journey will be Healthy NewsWorks’ three certified teachers: Mia Blitstein, Sarah […] Read More

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Healthy NewsWorks has distributed hundreds of copies of its 2021 book

October 2021 … Students, teachers, and schools have received nearly 500 copies of Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2021: Doing the Undoable in a Pandemic.  Copies were mailed and delivered with the start of fall classes. The 10th edition of Healthy NewsWorks’ annual book focuses on how kids, their schools, and the community navigated the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The book is […] Read More

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Healthy NewsWorks awarded Quest for Health Equity grant

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 […] Read More

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Our 2021-22 curriculum is focused on healing

August 2021 … Because of everything our young reporters and their communities have experienced these past 18 months, from the pandemic to social unrest, we have chosen How We Heal: Moving Ahead in Challenging Times as our 2021-22 curriculum theme.  Topics will include empathy, gardening, therapy, mindfulness meditation, and green prescriptions (how spending time in nature can […] Read More

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Kids’ worlds expand with video interview opportunities

August 2021 … Healthy NewsWorks adapted quickly when schools shut down in March 2020, pivoting to helping our students journalists conduct their interviews via video. It helped that we had a head start — we had invested in a digital learning management system a few years ago and had modified our curriculum. Students were able […] Read More

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Interns create evergreen content for HNW

August 2021 … Healthy NewsWorks this summer had two interns through Bridging the Gap, an organization that links health-profession students with nonprofit community partners. Healthy NewsWorks was one of about 100 Bridging the Gap community partners this year. Two students — Anika Valery, a second-year medical student at Jefferson University and Neelam Vohra, a second-year […] Read More

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See what educators say about Healthy NewsWorks curriculum

July 2021 … Healthy NewsWorks empowers elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, critical thinkers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media. The educators whose students participate in our program raved about the Healthy NewsWorks curriculum in a new video. “The content was so […] Read More

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Healthy NewsWorks wins Project Innovation Grant

June 2021 … We are delighted to announce that Healthy NewsWorks has been named a winner of the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation’s 2021 Project Innovation Grant Challenge!  The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and NBC- and Telemundo-owned stations in 11 markets this year awarded nearly $3.5 million to 100 nonprofits solving everyday problems in our communities through innovative […] Read More

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An amazing year at Healthy NewsWorks, by the numbers

June 2021 … We are so grateful to everyone who donated their time, talent, and resources to Healthy NewsWorks this year.  Your contributions allowed our student journalists to:  Publish 28 newspapers during the COVID-19 pandemic   Produce an 80-page book about living through the pandemic, with diary entries from multiple students; student reflections; and interviews with […] Read More

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Healthy NewsWorks honors its 2021 Distinguished Journalists

June 2021 … Healthy NewsWorks is pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of its Distinguished Journalist Award, given each year to eighth grade reporters who have been leaders on their school newspapers, have participated in our Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities book project, and have gone above and beyond in their participation in the Healthy […] Read More

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