I am a public health professional, writer, and artist passionate about the intersections of equity, health, culture, and communication. My primary interest areas include:
- Maternal/parental and child health
- Health equity
- Social issues
- Reproductive health and justice
- Environmental health and justice
- Food justice
- Jewish culture/identity
- Nature and ecosystems
I also write humor, essays, fiction, and anything requiring an absurd amount of puns.
Education and career: I have an MPH in Health Services/Maternal & Child Health and an MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction, both from the University of Washington. I’ve worked in public health communications as well as public health training and professional development, with a focus on maternal and child health and health equity. I also spent over a decade working in youth development and advocacy. My undergraduate studies were at Oberlin College.
Art: In addition to writing, I make art, largely impressionist collage with nature themes, using tiny scraps of color from old copies of The New Yorker. This gives me another outlet for creative expression, by which I mean a passable excuse for keeping all those old copies of The New Yorker for so long.
Dubious distinction: Multi-time winner of Pundamonium, Seattle’s pun slam.
Other skills and interests: Mushroom hunting, photography, cooking, fermenting, hiking, backpacking, wildlife appreciation, graphic design, dancing, and activism.