Silver linings to virtual learning

| By Maribel, 8th grade | November 2020…Hey, sixth graders! Welcome to Amy Northwest Middle School. I hope you are enjoying your first couple of months as a sixth grader, virtually. This year is a lot different from what students originally thought it would be. It has affected AMY teachers, eighth graders, seventh graders, and, […] Read More

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Back in schools, virtually

October 2020 … Healthy NewsWorks is back in schools this fall—from a distance. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all programs are being conducted virtually. Students, teachers, and adjunct faculty are meeting by video and sharing documents electronically. As of early October, programs had started in seven schools with several more expected to start up in […] Read More

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Healthy Comet begins 15th year

October 2020 … Cole Manor Elementary School is celebrating its 15th year of publishing its health newspaper. “I really can’t believe that,” said Dr. Nicole Poncheri, the school’s principal, who has overseen the Cole Manor Healthy Comet student newspaper for the past 14 years. She said it’s unusual for a program to have such longevity […] Read More

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Gains in literacy, interpersonal skills for student reporters

October 2020 … Elizabeth Donhauser, a master of public health candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, recently completed an evaluation of the Healthy NewsWorks program based on data collected during the 2018–2019 school year. Here is her report. Student journalists showed significant literacy improvement and interpersonal growth through both quantitative and qualitative data collected during […] Read More

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Healthy NewsWorks board welcomes Omar Joseph

October 2020…Healthy NewsWorks is pleased to welcome Omar D. Joseph, a marketing executive with more than 15 years experience, as a new member of its board. Omar is director of regional marketing-East for Quest Diagnostics, Healthy NewsWorks’ Community Wellness Partner. He leads marketing campaigns across seven states and the District of Columbia and has experience […] Read More

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Student reporting lit a spark

Editor’s note: This article is by Elena Tzivekis, who was a student reporter for 8 years on two Healthy NewsWorks newspapers in Norristown, Pa., schools. She is now a senior at La Salle University working toward a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in Russian language. October 2020 … For as long as I […] Read More

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Staying mentally healthy during COVID-19

| By Te-ojah, 12th grade | August 2020… “In times like COVID-19, children face uncertainty, sudden change, and stress,” said Dr. Kathleen Napalinga, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Einstein Healthcare Network, in a recent interview. “Their mental health can decline and take the forms of anxiety, depression, and sudden changes in behavior.” Dr. Napalinga […] Read More

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Summer camp with a health focus

August 2020 … For the first time, Healthy NewsWorks offered a digital health journalism camp this summer. Fifteen students, ages 9 to 14, enrolled for nine sessions in June and July. Most of them were veteran reporters of the Healthy NewsWorks program. The camp was co-led by Victoria Strickland, a teacher who oversees the healthy […] Read More

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Student reporters contribute to community newsletter

August 2020 … Three Healthy NewsWorks student reporters contributed to a community newsletter distributed to more than 80,000 Philadelphia homes this summer via food boxes and at other sites. Equally Informed Philly is a project of Resolve Philly, which formed several years ago to help Philadelphia-area media report more effectively on communities experiencing racial injustice […] Read More

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Thank you to our summer interns!

August 2020 … Healthy NewsWorks was fortunate to work with three university healthcare students this summer in partnership with the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program. Bridging the Gaps is a nonprofit program that links students in the health and social service professions to organizations that serve economically insecure communities. Students implement projects during […] Read More

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