Healthcare & Life Sciences Experience

I have been writing about health issues since taking my first job out of graduate school--writing grants for a nonprofit cardiovascular research facility. I was recruited to join PR agency Publicis Dialog (now MSLGroup) particularly because of my experiences writing effectively about medical research and healthcare issues. At Publicis, I helped launch soma.com, the nation's first full-service online pharmacy and drug-fulfillment center, which CVS acquired six months after launching and today is the leading provider of online prescriptions fulfillment in the country.  More recently, I've been working in a freelance capacity for health organizations like Banner|Aetna (via the healthcare communications agency Activate Health), Teladoc Health, and HealthQuest. Other content I've developed was designed to educate and influence decision-makers at healthcare entities or life sciences companies like Pfizer, Novartis, and Medtronic on behalf of law firms.  Either way, I find healthcare issues and the evolution of health technology, such as the automated patient engagement solution developed by Intrado HouseCalls, fascinating and embrace opportunities to tell health-related stories.

Banner | Aetna Takes Aim at Type 2 Diabetes With Virtual Care Partnership

- With the extremely high frequency of type 2 diabetes in Arizona, Virta Health’s partnership with Banner | Aetna can significantly improve the health of this population. Banner | Aetna is a health insurance company from Arizona that launched in 2011 with the aim of providing healthcare consumers with affordable resources and high-quality care. The company leverages Banner Health’s network of physician, health centers, and hospitals, and Aetna’s advanced healthcare analytics. Virta Health offe

Op/Ed: Why are there still 800,000 uninsured Arizonans when no- and low-cost options exist?

Why are there still 800,000 uninsured Arizonans when no- and low-cost options exist? Opinion: Why do so many in Arizona forgo health insurance when there are subsidies and discounts? Start by thinking about who is most at risk to be uninsured. Despite Arizona’s strong economic growth, we rank among the worst states for the number of adults and children with health insurance. The statistics don’t demonstrate the adverse effects of going without health coverage. Uninsured people are more likely