Title: Lecturer, Director of the Master of Science
in Health Communication online program
Degrees: MS, Health Communication, Boston University; BA,
Journalism/Mass Communications and Public Relations, University of Oklahoma
Courses: MET HC 761 Advanced Writing for Health Communicators
Watch Ms. Curtin-Wilding’s spotlight video where she discusses her time at MET and the benefits of her online Master of Science in Health Communication degree.
Ms. Curtin-Wilding is a proud graduate of Boston University’s Master of Science Health Communications program, and has served as a teaching facilitator for numerous MSHC courses since 2012. She’s also served the program in the capacities of liaison to BU’s Office of Disability Services and editorial consultant. In 2015, Ms. Curtin-Wilding was appointed Director of Boston University’s MSHC program.
Ms. Curtin-Wilding leads a successful media and communications practice with more than two decades of varied project work in publishing, television, radio and consumer product industries. An accomplished writer, journalist, publicist and marketing communications specialist, she’s contributed work to Reader’s Digest, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Healthline Networks, GlaxoSmithKline, Avon, Save the Children and Pepsi-Cola International. Her recent work as digital content strategist and author for a retail health insurance website received an Award of Distinction from the Center for Plain Language in 2014.
Prior to establishing her consulting practice, Ms. Curtin-Wilding was a national public relations manager with Pepsi-Cola and also spent five years working in television, including as media representative for NBC’s TODAY show.
She’s a member of Boston Women Communicators and is listed in Who’s Who in American Women.
Advice for new students:
Don’t hesitate to reach out to your facilitator or instructor when you have questions. Try not to fall behind. Even a couple of days can be a tough setback when you’re facing numerous deliverables. The program’s pace is rigorous, but you’ll be surprised how quickly it flies by.
As a graduate of the program I would add that our faculty bring a vast amount of knowledge to students. Tap into this, and know you have the full resources of BU at your fingertips. We’re here to support you. I started the program with little health industry knowledge. The MSHC has been a career-changer for me, and I believe it will be for you, too! Welcome!
Title: Academic Advisor
Degrees: BA, University of Massachusetts; MEd, Boston University
Course: MET HC 756 Contemporary Public Relations
Watch professor Stephen Quigley’s spotlight video where he discusses his public relations background and his contribution to the field.
For 14 years, Quigley has been a Boston University public relations faculty member, and has served as coordinator of the program for four years. Quigley’s work is concentrated in media relations, community relations, crisis communication and social media. He teaches a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate public relations courses including New Media and Public Relations, and is a featured speaker and panelist for various regional and national professional associations and organizations.
Quigley is an Academic Advisor to Boston University’s Master of Science Health Communication program, director of Boston University’s Advanced Communication Summer Exchange Program with Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, and a proud member of the faculty of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore’s new International Postgraduate Master in Corporate Communication program. Prior to joining Boston University, he was a partner at the public relations firm Schneider & Associates. In addition, he has served as faculty advisor to Boston University’s Edward L. Bernays Chapter of PRSSA for 13 years.
In 2009, the Boston University Chapter of PRSSA announced a scholarship in Quigley’s name to recognize his “Dedication to and excellence in public relations.” He is a former member of the National Commission on Public Relations Education, a former PRSA Assembly Delegate and Past-President of PRSA Boston. Recently, Quigley co-authored Managing Corporate Communication: A Cross-cultural Approach, which includes contributions from scholars and professionals from Europe and the United States.
- Outstanding Educator Award, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), 2011
- Diane Davis Beacon Award for lifetime achievement, PRSA Boston, 2010
- Boston University Lyndon Baines Johnson Student Advisor of the Year Award
- Boston University College of Communication Advisor of the Year Award
- Boston University Student Activities Advisor of the Year Award
- John J. Malloy Crystal Bell Award for lifetime achievement and contribution to the field of public relations, The Publicity Club of New England
Co-author, with Gabmbetti, R., Managing Corporate Communication: A Cross-cultural Approach, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
Title: Academic Advisor, Executive Director, Educational Technology, Training and Outreach, Boston University
Degrees: EdD, Curriculum and Teaching, School of Education, Boston University; MEd., Educational Media and Technology, School of Education, Boston University
Domenic Screnci, EdD, is the Executive Director for Educational Technology, Training and Outreach in Information Services and Technology at Boston University. Domenic serves the university as an educational technologist, instructional systems designer and integrator, instructional designer and a producer of curriculum materials for traditional and new media based educational projects. Dr. Screnci has a master degree in educational media and technology and a doctorate in Curriculum and teaching from Boston University. Domenic has 30+ years of experience in the field of biocommunications and is currently an Academic Advisor to Boston University’s online Master of Science Health Communications Program. He has taught an instructional design course at Boston University’s School of Public Health “Teaching Public Health” and is also on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts/Boston in their master’s level Instructional Design Program teaching a Visual Literacy and Information Design course.
Dr. Screnci is a member of the American Society for Training and Development, Association for Educational Communication and Technology, International Society for Technology in Education, International Society for Performance Improvement and the International Visual Literacy Association as well as a number of other academic and professional organizations.
2010 – Journal of Biocommunication
Author, Darwin and the Survival of the BioCommunicator, JBC Vol. 36, No. 2 2010
2000 – The International Information and Library Review
Co-Author, “Information and Communication Technologies: Our Experience and Development Outlook”
2000 – Journal of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Co-Author, “An Internet-based Exercise as a Component of Overall Training Program Addressing Medical Aspects of Radiation Emergency Management”
1996 – Journal of Medical Systems Author, “Medical Outreach to Armenia by Telemedicine”
2014 – International Society for Performance Improvement, Massachusetts
Chapter “Designing and Supporting eLearning Ecosystems”
2013 – American Society for Training and Development, Boston
Chapter “Visual Literacy for the Instructional Designer”
NERCOMP Annual Conference
“Preparing the Masses for Yet Another LMS Migration: How BU Used a Crowdsourcing Concept to Train 4,000
Faculty and Thrived” Co Presenter
2010 – Turning Technologies User Conference, Cambridge, MA
Panel Discussion: “Pedagogy to Practice”
InfoComm2010/IMCCA Collaborative Conferencing Forum, Las Vegas, NV
Presentation: End User Case Studies Panel
Presentation “Successful Collaborative Communications in the Workplace: A User’s Perspective”
InfoComm09: IMCCA Collaborative Conferencing Forum, Orlando, FL
End User Case Studies Panel Presentation
Presentation: “Collaborative Communications at Boston University: An Update”
Moderator: “HD, What happens after we’ve met the limits of our eyes and ears? Telepresence Day
Online Learning at BU: Innovations, Outcomes and Insights
Provost’s Faculty Advisory Board for Distance Education, Boston University
Presentation: “Online Master of Science Health Communication at Boston University”
Instructional Innovations Conference
Center for Excellence in Teaching, Boston University
Presentation: “Echo360 Classroom Technology Solution at Boston University’s School of Medicine”
Health Literacy Out Loud, http://healthliteracyoutloud.com
Podcast Interviews with Those “In-The-Know” about Health Literacy
Topic: Visual Literacy
Medical Education for the 21st Century: Teaching for Health Equity Conference
International Association for Health Policy and the Latin American Association for
Social Medicine, Havana, Cuba
Presentation: “Using Communication To Improve Health: A Global Perspective”
Blackboard User Conference Bb World 07, Boston, MA
Presentation: “Anystream Lecture Capture – Content On Demand: A Boston University
School of Medicine Case Study”
American Physical Therapy Association Combined Section Meeting, Boston, MA
Co-Presentation: “Health Literacy and You: A Call to Action”
National TB Controllers Association, Atlanta, GA
Promoting Education and Training/Ensuring a Competent TB Workforce
Presentation: “Health Literacy: What do we need to know?”
Advice for New Students: “Understand that health communication is a dynamic and evolving discipline. As health care systems change, health information increases and the public’s health needs evolve. An education at BU in health communication will give you the content and develop the skills required to enter, navigate and thrive in the industry. BU offers an academic environment that will cultivate your commitment to the profession and foster the spirit of lifelong learning important to succeeding as a health communicator. Ultimately necessary to excel as a health communicator, is the interest, enthusiasm, and commitment to grow and adapt as the field advances.”
Wayne W. LaMorte
Title: Professor of Epidemiology; Assistant Dean for Education
Degrees: BA, Biological Sciences, Rutgers University; MD, Medicine, College of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ; PhD, Biochemistry, Boston University Graduate School; MPH, Epidemiology/Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health
Course: MET HC 751 Introduction to Epidemiology for the Health Communicator
Dr. LaMorte has been a faculty member at Boston University for more than 20 years and teaches in the School of Public Health as well as Metropolitan College. He is also the assistant dean for education at Boston University School of Public Health, and the director of the MD-MPH dual degree program.
Always actively involved in public health practice, Dr. LaMorte has worked closely with the Local Public Health Institute of Massachusetts to create and provide both online and face-to-face training to public health practitioners in Massachusetts. Dr. LaMorte has also worked with high school students to develop videos promoting healthy choices for teens. These videos include topics such as personal decisions in smoking, physical activity and healthy eating, and alcohol use.
EP713 Introduction to Epidemiology
PH709 The Biology of Public Health
HC751 Introduction to Epidemiology for the Health Communicator
Advice for New Students: “By the end of the course, students find that HC 751 gives them important insights and new skills that make them much more adept at formulating accurate health communications and evaluating the validity of sources. Nevertheless, the compressed seven-week format for this online course makes it challenging, and it is imperative that you keep up with the course work. Each section builds on the concepts in the earlier sessions, so it is important to not fall behind.”
Title: Visiting Professor of Communication
Degrees: MA, Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut, BA, Political Science and Psychology, Smith College
Courses: MET HC 760 Research Methods for Health Communicators
A protégé of two legends in the market research field, Professor Danehy has conducted quantitative and qualitative research studies for client organizations, both nationally and internationally, for more than 20 years. She excels at managing large, multilayered research projects, taking them from design to analysis for strategic application. Danehy conducts public opinion research with diverse audiences, using targeted audience feedback to shape advertising, public relations, and public policy strategies. Her research has been instrumental in developing drug use prevention campaigns, increasing awareness around the dangers of distracted driving, including texting and driving, and decreasing the uninsured in Massachusetts. In addition, Danehy has worked with large corporations, using public opinion research to create positive public images.
Danehy obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Smith College and holds a Master of Arts in Public Opinion Research from the University of Connecticut. While getting her graduate degree, she worked under the direction and supervision of Mr. Burns Roper of the Roper Organization and Dr. Everett Ladd, another leading expert in the field of public opinion research. Danehy teaches research methodology in the College of Communication at Boston University.
Degrees: MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business; MS & BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana
Courses: MET HC 755 Contemporary Health Care Marketing
Paul Buta is president of Choiceplex, which uses big data to solve marketing challenges for financial services, health care and retail companies. Previously, Buta acted as vice president of business development at Dendrite International, a provider of sales and marketing solutions to the pharmaceutical industry. He was also chief operating officer and co-founder of Optas, a marketing services company, and has held management positions at IMS Health, AC Nielsen, Cognitive Systems, and Dun & Bradstreet. Buta recently authored the book Privacy Panic, written to help consumers take charge of their personal privacy, an issue on which he is currently focused.
Privacy Panic: How to Avoid Identity Theft, Stop Spam and Take Control of your Personal Privacy, Mill City Press Author.
“Social Marketing, Meet Database Marketing.” Direct Marketing Association; Live Learning Center.
“Privacy-Safe Techniques for Using Prescription Data to Improve DTC ROI.” Pharmaceutical Marketing Conference, Philadelphia, Pa., 2003.
“Direct to Consumer: When Television Isn’t Good Enough.” Pharmaceutical Executive (January 2007).
Buta, P, and Smith, S.J. “Clipping Coupons.” Pharmaceutical Executive (April 2004).
Buta, P. “Out of the Spam Can.” Pharmaceutical Executive (November 2002).
Advice for New Students: “Health care marketing exists in a confusing environment where the consumer is not the primary decision maker. The physician responsible for most decisions is restricted by the payer—whether government or private—which plays by a different set of rules. Wherever you are in the mix, you need to know and influence all the players in the system.”
Jean van Seventer
Title: Associate Professor of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health
Degrees: VMD, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine; BS in Biological Sciences, Stanford University
Courses: MET HC 752 The Biology of Disease
After finishing veterinary school, Dr. Jean van Seventer worked as a small animal practitioner on Cape Cod while assisting in research studies at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the Marine Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole. Subsequently, she received research training as a Research Fellow in Comparative and Veterinary Pathology at Harvard Medical School, during which time she served as an Intern in Pathology at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, and then as a Research Fellow in Pathology in the Immunopathology Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. van Seventer received further research training focused on immunology as a Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, in the Experimental Immunology Branch and the Laboratory of Pathology. After completing her training, she spent six years as an independent researcher at the University of Chicago, studying human T cell and dendritic cell biology. In 2000, Dr. van Seventer moved to the Boston University School of Public Health, where she now teaches and does immunology research.
In 2011, Dr. van Seventer turned her primary focus towards developing new curricula, new teaching strategies, and teaching courses in physiology and infectious diseases to students in the BUSPH. A particular teaching interest is in examining the role of the environment in infectious disease endemicity, emergence, and spread. Currently, Dr. van Seventer is director of the Infectious Disease Certificate Program at BUSPH, and co-leader of the BU Superfund Research Program Training Core.
Her ongoing research focuses on the role of type I interferons in regulating T cell and dendritic cell responses in human autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
Peer Reviewed Papers
Nagai, T., O. Devergne, T.F. Mueller, D.L. Perkins, J.M. van Seventer, and G.A. van Seventer. 2003. Timing of IFN- exposure during human dendritic cell maturation and naive Th cell stimulation has contrasting effects on Th1 subset generation: A role for IFN-mediated regulation of IL-12 family cytokines and IL-18 in naive Th cell differentiation. J.Immunol. 171:5233-5243.
Nagai, T., O. Devergne, G.A. van Seventer, and J.M. van Seventer. 2007. Interferon-beta mediates opposing effects on interferon-beta-dependent interleukin-12 p70 secretion by human monocyte-derived dendritic cells. Scand J Immunol. 65(2):107-17.
Meyers, J.A., A.J. Mangini, T. Nagai, C. F. Roff, D. Sehy, G.A. van Seventer, and J.M. van Seventer. 2006. Blockade of TLR9 agonist-induced type I interferons promotes inflammatory cytokine IFN and IL-17Secretion by activated human PBMC. Cytokine. 35:235-246.
York, M.R., T. Nagai, A.J. Mangini, R. Lemaire, J.M. van Seventer, and R. Lafyatis. 2006. Siglec-1, a type I interferon inducible macrophage marker, is increased on circulating monocytes in a subset of patients with Systemic Sclerosis. Arthritis and Rheumatism. 56(3):1010-20.
Richez C., Yasuda K., Watkins A.A., Akira S., Lafyatis R., van Seventer J.M., and Rifkin I.R. 2009. TLR4 ligands induce IFN-alpha production by mouse conventional dendritic cells and human monocytes after IFN-beta priming. J Immunol. 182(2):820-8.
Green N.M., Laws A., Kiefer K., Busconi L., Kim Y.M., Brinkmann M.M., Trail E.H., Yasuda K., Christensen S.R., Shlomchik M.J., Vogel S., Connor J.H., Ploegh H., Eilat D., Rifkin I.R., van Seventer J.M., and Marshak-Rothstein A. 2009. Murine B cell response to TLR7 ligands depends on an IFN-beta feedback loop. J Immunol. 183(3):1569-76.
Book Chapters and Reviews
Maguire, J.E. and G.A. van Seventer. 1993. Adhesion molecules as signal transducers in T cell activation. Chapter 13, pages 313-331. In Lymphocyte Adhesion Molecules. Editor Y. Shimizu. R.G. Landes Company, Austin, TX.
vanSeventer, G.A., R.ToloueiSemnani, E.M. Palmer, B.L. McRae, and J.M. van Seventer. 1998. Integrins and T helper cell activation. Transplant Proc. 30(8):4270-4274.
vanSeventer, G.A., and J. M. van Seventer. 2000. Induction of T-cell signaling by immobilized integrin ligands. Methods Mol Biol. T Cell Protocols. 134:265-75. Editor K.P. Kearse. Humana Press. Totowa, NJ.
Alyson J. Mangini, R. Lafyatis, and J.M. van Seventer. 2007. Type I IFN inhibition of inflammatory Th cell responses in SLE. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1108:11-23.
vanSeventer J.M., DeLouiereo A., and Hamer D.H. Emerging new infections: importance in child health. Annales Nestle, in press.
vanSeventer J.M., and Hamer D.H. From seasonal to pandemic influenza. In Griffiths J.K., Hamer D.H., Heggenhougen H.K., Maguire J.H., Quah S., eds. Infectious Disease and Public Health. Academic Press, San Diego, CA. in press.
van Seventer, J.M., Hochberg, N.S., 2017. Principles of Infectious Diseases: Transmission, Diagnosis, Prevention, and Control. In: Quah, S.R. and Cockerham, W.C. (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Public Health, 2nd edition. vol. 6, pp. 22–39. Oxford: Academic Press.
Maguire van Seventer, J., Hamer, D.H., 2017. Foodborne Diseases. In: Quah, S.R. and Cockerham, W.C. (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Public Health, 2nd edition. vol. 3, pp. 160–173. Oxford: Academic Press.
Degrees: BA in Communications and Minor Political Science, Northeastern University; MS in Advertising, Boston University
Courses: MET HC 758 Media Relations
Professor Sullivan has served as a lead facilitator and facilitator since the program was launched, working on over two dozen courses. He brings more than15 years of experience in Distance Education, working on multi-media content design and development for both online and satellite broadcast courses.
He has worked in television production on children’s programming, news, and freelance production in a variety of roles from director to stage manager to crew member. He combined his television production background with a Master of Science in Advertising from Boston University, which led to his current career as Director of Communications for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Partners Continuing Care based in Boston. Tim oversees external and internal communications and public relations for 6 inpatient facilities, 23 outpatient centers, and a Harvard Medical teaching affiliate.
During his eight years in healthcare, he has led major marketing and public relation campaigns in a variety of disease areas such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury. Professor Sullivan has worked with regional, national, and international media outlets of all media channel types, from the Boston Globe to CNN to Al Jazeera, on a wide variety of stories, such as launching treatment programs for returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan to the humanitarian efforts to treat Libyan war wounded to his recent work serving as a the media point person for the Boston Marathon Bombing efforts of Spaulding treating 32 survivors handling hundreds of media requests over many months. Tim has also spearheaded media efforts for major multi-site research publications and the opening of the first new hospital in Boston in over 40 years.
Professor Sullivan has also led major community public health events, from a lead role for 6 years for the Partners HealthCare/7News Free Health and Fitness Expo, which averaged 70,000 attendees, to smaller community events with a variety of partners, such as the Boston Pops, American Heart Association, Partners with Youth for Disabilities, Massachusetts Health and Human Services, U.S. State Department, New England Patriots and Revolution, Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox. Professor Sullivan has a passion for advocacy for the community with disabilities and works on several events and publications per year to promote awareness, especially for youth with disabilities.
Areas of Interest:
Advocacy and Awareness for the Community with Disabilities
Social Media Impact on Public Relations
Code Red: Crisis Communications and the Boston Marathon
Publicity Club of New England Event Panelist
February 28, 2014
Game Changer: How Mass Casualty Events are Re-Writing the Hospital Crisis Communication Playbook Conference
Mass. Hospital Association
Friday, October 11, 2013
Speaker- The Boston Marathon Bombing: Case Studies from 2 Hospitals
Spaulding and Mount Auburn Hospitals were uniquely involved with treating patients in the aftermath of the bombings. Spaulding worked with dozens of the most critically injured and high profile patients to provide post-acute care to prepare them for a very changed life ahead. Mount Auburn in Watertown was at the epicenter of a frightening police shoot-out with the suspects and saved the life of a critically injured MBTA police officer in the midst of a region-wide lockdown. Learn how these unique hospitals were able to treat patients and manage the crisis under rare extenuating circumstances.
New England Society of Healthcare Communicators Webinar Series
Snap Shot of an International Media Event: Libyan War Wounded
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Presented by Tim Sullivan, Director of Communications for Partners Continuing Care
This presentation reviewed the planning and media execution for a major international media event at a small community-based rehabilitation hospital. Spaulding Hospital North Shore in Salem, Massachusetts, was selected by the U.S. State Department as the first facility in the U.S. to treat Libyan War wounded, delivering on a promise by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. The first group arrived in October 2011 for approximately 3-6 month stays. More than 500 media hits were generated over that time.
Massachusetts Hospital Association
Symposium for Human Resource Professionals
“Being More Social” – Engaging Your Staff Through Social Media
Advice for New Students: “Be bold and believe in yourself. If you have a goal in mind, just go for it. Also, cherish the relationships you make with your classmates; many times they’ll be your connection to new careers and adventures.”
Degrees: MS, Miami University
Course: MET HC 757 Interactive Marketing Communications
Nicole Ames is the Founder and Principal at Twist IMC a consultancy she created to help corporations better understand and implement best-practice principles of integrated marketing and social media. Nicole gained deep client side experience from her work in corporate marketing at Fortune 500 companies such as Liberty Mutual and Western Union. At Liberty Mutual, Ames contributed to the award-winning “Responsibility Project” managing print and online advertising, mobile and social media.
Having spent more than 15 years in corporate marketing, Nicole understands the challenges facing marketers and uses her experience to approach social media best practices from a business perspective. She leverages this experience to teach Integrated Marketing and Social Media as an adjunct professor at both Boston University and Emerson College. She earned her master’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she began teaching as a research fellow.
Today, Ames is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is an active member of the ANA, and the Ad Club of Boston.
Title: PhD, Boston University School of Public Health, Health Services Research Program, Department of Health Policy and Management
Degrees: BA, College of the Holy Cross; BSN, Columbia University; MPH, Boston University
Course: MET HC 750 Introduction to American Health Care System, SPH PM 702 Introduction to Health Policy, Delivery Systems and Management, SPH PH 510 Introduction to Public Health
Cassie Ryan has a PhD in the Health Services Research program with a concentration in quality and outcomes at Boston University School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy & Management. Ryan has more than two decades of experience working in multiple roles within health care, including nursing, clinical research, community outreach, grant administration, program coordination, health care provider education, consumer education, and quality improvement.
After college, Ryan became increasingly interested in the clinical aspects of pediatric health care through volunteer work, which prompted her to complete her nursing degree at Columbia University in 1994. After working in pediatrics at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center) for almost a decade in multiple clinical and administrative areas, Ryan completed her master’s in public health at Boston University in the Maternal Child Health program in 2006. After graduation, she moved to Boston Children’s Hospital, specifically to the hematology department, where she served in a variety of roles.
In 2010, Ryan matriculated into the PhD program at BU’s School of Public Health. For more than a year, she worked as a project manager for a large database study at the Veteran’s Administration on a hospital re-admissions project. After finding that she missed clinical care, she returned to Children’s Hospital, where she continues to work in an ambulatory clinic.
Ryan’s current implementation science project will likely become her doctoral dissertation project. She’s part of both the implementation and evaluation of the Prescribe a Bike Program at Boston Medical Center. The overarching objective is to provide the evidence needed to improve bike-share outreach to low-income, urban populations with the goal of improved health.
Prescribe a Bike is an innovative program believed to be the first in the nation in which a primary care provider can prescribe a subsidized bike-sharing membership for a patient. The program began in September of 2013 as a partnership between Boston Medical Center (BMC) and the City of Boston. BMC is an ideal setting to launch the program, as the institution has a long track record of implementing and disseminating innovative programs outside the realm of traditional medical care.
Additionally, Ryan is working with clinicians at BMC, staff at Boston Bikes, and experts on the diffusion of innovation in clinical settings at BUSPH. One of her study goals is to describe the implementation process, identify provider attitudes towards bike share for their patients, monitor uptake of interventions by providers, and then adjust the implementation plan to improve use.
Advice for New Students
“Actively follow health care current events using traditional news outlets and social media sources. Follow overall events and ACA implementation, and find a few issues you find especially pertinent or interesting. The organization of our health care system is a moving target and is often a response to health policy and the external environment. Becoming cognizant of changes will make you a better consumer and a more informed voter; it will also contribute to your knowledge of the political and economic events that shape health care delivery.”
Degrees: MS, Health Communication, Boston University, BS, Neurobiology and Physiology, Purdue University, Certificate, DePaul University
Courses: MET HC 759 Health Communication
Mr. Mansour is a graduate of Boston University’s master’s program in Health Communication, for which he also served as online course facilitator for a number of program courses. He has a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and Animal Physiology from Purdue University.
As a CDC grant-funded coordinator of public information at the University of Illinois at Chicago Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center, Mansour developed relationships with key opinion leaders and groups, including politicians, community-based organizations, non-profits, university organizations, and academic departments. Within the Center, he also provided communications and technical assistance for the Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities at Chicago. Prior to that, his positions included manager at Preventive Medicine, guest lecturer at Indiana University School of Medicine, and genetic engineering research assistant at Purdue University. He was also a biochemistry fellow at National University of Health Sciences.
Currently, Mansour is executive assistant to the Commissioner at the Chicago Department of Public Health, where he serves as project manager for the Commissioner’s speaking engagements, presentations, and events; writes manuscripts; and performs social media technical assistance for the executive suite. He is also the lead for all of the Department’s application development, including the FoodBorne Chicago app—a resident reporting mechanism using machine learning and natural language processing through Twitter; Back to School Immunizations app; Flu Map app; and Condom Finder app. He is in the process of developing a new application for sexually transmitted disease testing. Mansour is working with several partners to facilitate a merger between the big data website Chicago Health Atlas and the University of Chicago’s SouthSide Asset Map—with data for over three million patients.
Mansour holds several offices within the Health Administration Section of the American Public Health Association. He is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Communication in Healthcare.
Title: Lecturer and Program Facilitator for the Master of Science in Health Communication
Degrees: MS, Health Communication, Boston University, BA, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Courses: MET HC 762 Visual Communication in the Digital Health Age
Watch Ms. Bearder’s spotlight video where she discusses her commitment to getting other people to understand that digital strategy crosses over many different segments of health care.
Alane Bearder is a digital strategy and consumer engagement expert for health communication and commercial health clients with an advanced acumen for translating complex health topics into plain language, in both visual and editorial approaches.
Ms. Bearder has over 20 years’ worth of experience in strategic development, planning, and implementation of large-scale, integrated communication programs, including hands-on creative execution and creative team management. Her experience spans a broad spectrum of business and consumer industries including high tech, manufacturing, financial, institutional, consumer products, pharmaceutical, medical device, provider and patient communications. Her roles have included Sr. Art Director for corporate teams and communication firms, advertising agency Creative Director, and Sr. Marketing Manager for the strategic communications division of a major healthcare consulting firm.
For the past three years Ms. Bearder has focused on “health care consumerism” by improving member engagement and the end-to-end patient experience for Medicaid, Medicare, and insurance exchange consumers. Her major projects have included bringing highly regulated health care organizations into the social media space, content strategy for health services websites, and persona-building and customer journey mapping from enrollment straight through utilization of chronic condition services.
Bearder was additionally a project lead for developing a consumer journey mapping framework to identify communication strategies and impacts for the USDA’s MyPlate program.
In addition to serving as a facilitator for Boston University’s Master of Science in Health Communication program, Ms. Bearder also contributes as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Communication in Healthcare and the CDC’s National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media.
Title: Lecturer and Program Facilitator for the Master of Science in Health Communication
Degrees: MS, Health Communication, Boston University, MBA, Marketing, University of Chicago, BS, Finance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Courses: MET HC 763 Social Media Strategies and Tactics for Health Communicators
Jamie Rauscher’s professional experience is steeply based in health care, which includes digital and traditional marketing, communications, pharmaceutical sales, and consulting. She is currently a marketing project manager at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where she develops and implements marketing strategies for Clinical Centers of Excellence in Neurosciences and Women’s Health and the Departments of Otolaryngology and Radiology. Her responsibilities include development of national and regional media campaigns, management of paid search activities, overseeing redesigns of department websites, and generating communications to referring physicians and patients. She also leads teams responsible for creating content for the Brigham and Women’s YouTube channel and award-winning blog, HealthHub.
She holds a Master of Science in Health Communication from Boston University; a Master of Business Administration, with a specialty in marketing, from the University of Chicago; and Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ms. Rauscher is fascinated by the way social media shapes modern lives, particularly in the area of health care. She is active on Twitter and LinkedIn, and dabbles in other social networks such as Facebook and Instagram. She has been blogging on behalf of professional organizations for over six years.
Degrees: PhD, Neurobiology & Anatomy, University of Rochester; MPH, Health Policy Management, Boston University; BA, Biology, Houghton College
Courses: MET HC 750 The American Health Care System
A Boston-based researcher, teacher, writer, and consultant, Dr. Sarah Matousek currently works as a senior analyst for Day Health Strategies (DHS), where she is involved in supporting strategic planning and change management for clients in the healthcare sector. She has also led the development and launch of a private exchange advisory service, building on DHS’s expertise in health insurance exchanges.
Dr. Matousek began her career in Alzheimer’s disease research in Rochester, New York, where she completed her doctoral studies in neurobiology & anatomy. She then worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
She studied health policy and management at the Boston University School of Public Health. While there, she helped teach courses on the United States healthcare system in the context of current health reform issues. During this time, she was involved in program development for a mobile phone solutions project for surgical patients in rural Haiti, which involved a five-month trip to implement the program. In addition to this work, she helped with data analysis for a federal re-admission reductions program as a part of an Affordable Care Act grant through CMMI.
Dr. Matousek has experience in quantitative and qualitative research, operations, strategy, and human resources. She enjoys teaching, helped facilitate a core course at BU’s School of Public Health, and brings other experience facilitating for Boston University Metropolitan College.