Advocacy Grand Rounds – Media Training and How To Write an Op Ed – July 8, 2021

The theme for our July 2021 sessions is Media Training and How To Write an Op Ed.

Speakers include:.

Cedric Dark, MD, MPH, is on DFA’s National Board of Directors and Founder and Executive Editor of Policy Prescriptions. A graduate of Morehouse College, he earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, holds a master’s degree from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and completed his residency training at George Washington University where he served as Chief Resident. Currently, Dr. Dark is an Assistant Professor in the Henry J. N. Taub Department of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He currently participates as a columnist for the monthly publication ACEP Now. His policy experience includes work for the United States House of Representatives and the Kaiser Family Foundation. His policy interests include the study of health reform at the intersection with international health systems.

Dorothy Novick, MD, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, and an Attending Physician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Her advocacy and clinical work center around violence prevention, trauma-informed care and the social determinants of health. She serves as a Practice-Based Scholar with CHOP’s Center for Violence Prevention, a board member of the Education Law Center PA, and an Alumni Ambassador for The OpEd Project. Dr. Novick has written extensively about gun violence and childhood trauma, as well as a range of issues affecting the health and safety of families in her care. She received her MD from Yale University and completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Alex Strauss, MA, is a published author and an award-winning healthcare journalist with more than three decades of experience in various types of media. She is the co-founder and owner of MED, LLC, which has been disseminating medical community news for healthcare providers in the upper Midwest since 2010. A former television healthcare news reporter and anchor, Strauss has also written for national and international news outlets including Newslink, MSNBC, NPR, the BBC, and the Guardian. She is the Managing Editor of Cancer Monthly, the daughter of a pediatrician, and is a frequent speaker on the intersection of medicine and media. Strauss holds an MA in Broadcast Journalism and Public Affairs from American University.

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