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


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


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


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


Food needs are greater now

| By Alexandra, 7th grade | June 2020 … Martha’s Choice Marketplace in Norristown is more than a pantry giving food in boxes to people in need—it’s a whole grocery store with aisles where people can choose what they need, based on their family’s needs. Now, because of the coronavirus, Martha’s Choice has started a […] Read More


Waiting for a vaccine

| By Alana, 7th grade | June 2020 … Dr. Elizabeth Rappaport met this spring with East Norriton Middle School reporters through a Zoom teleconference to discuss vaccines for COVID-19. A vaccine can protect a person from getting an infectious disease. There currently is no vaccine against COVID-19 since it is a new virus. But […] Read More


Deep gratitude to all involved in Book Reveal

May 2020 … Thank you to everyone who attended, participated in, and supported our first-ever virtual event on May 20. Creating the Book Reveal production, which we did in a little more than seven weeks, involved many dedicated people—from our amazing student journalists and their supportive families and teachers to the experts they interviewed. We […] Read More


Sending a message of hope

| By St. Veronica Healthy Hero staff | May 2020 … St. Veronica Healthy Hero third-grade reporters have created rainbows for children in Philadelphia homeless shelters as a sign of love, joy, and hope during the coronavirus shutdown. The reporters began to make their rainbows after watching a video interview on with Dr. Karen […] Read More


Rebuilding after the virus

| By Tyler, 8th grade | May 2020 … I recently interviewed Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey who is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and former chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She said that our lives cannot return to normal until an effective vaccine or treatment is created. I completely agree […] Read More


What it’s like to report on the pandemic

| By Trevor, 5th grade | April 2020 … Pam Belluck is a health and science writer for The New York Times. She was part of a New York Times team awarded a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Ebola epidemic. Ebola is a virus that in 2014-15 infected more than 28,000 people and […] Read More