Journalism student first to receive health fellowship

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 01, 2011 7:20 AM

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Erin O’Gara received the first Health Communications Fellowship given by a partnership between the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the State Hygienic Laboratory.

A press release said O’Gara, a doctoral student in the journalism school, is working with the Hygienic Laboratory’s Newborn Screening program to better communication between the laboratory and Iowa hospitals.

“Much of our health status is based on choices we make based on the understandings we have,” said Christopher Atchison, the director of the Hygienic Laboratory, in a press release. “This is why it is so important to have professionals in health communications who can help each of us understand our options.”

The Health Communications Fellowship is the latest in a series of fellowship opportunities for postgraduate, graduate, and undergraduate students provided by the Hygienic Laboratory, Iowa’s environmental and public-health laboratory.

— by Nina Earnest

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