123 Courtyard Terrace
Roswell, GA 30075
Extensive health communication and leadership experience, with track record of successful team management.
Writer and Consultant
2003 to present
Clients include a variety of high-profile corporate and media outlets. Outlets include newspaper, magazine, and online settings. A list of recent clients is provided below.
*Deloitte, Atlanta, Georgia:
Writing and editing responsibilities for a variety of health-policy initiatives.(Current)
*St. Dominic Hospital, Jackson, Mississippi:
I am producing internal and external communications for consumers, employees and referring physicians for the website under a long-term contract with the hospital. (Current)
International social science research firm based in Fairfax, Virginia, with offices in Atlanta, Georgia
Science writer/editor (staff):
-In my role as science writer/editor, I was responsible for writing, editing, and management tasks supporting the development of 50 academic, peer-reviewed manuscripts during a three-year CDC evaluation of Communities Putting Prevention to Work.
*American Institutes for Research (staff):
Social science research firm based in Washington, D.C. with offices in Atlanta, Georgia
Media Analyst/Research Associate
-At AIR, I was responsible for deadline production of consumer-oriented news summaries related to high-profile topics, e.g., HIV, hepatitis, TB, and other infectious diseases, for a daily online CDC publication. In addition, I was a writer/editor on a CDC-funded project analyzing the use of public deliberations in health care decision-making.
*Healthday.com and Everydayhealth.com:
High-profile websites for consumers seeking topical, credible health information:
-I contributed to website on a variety of health issues. Responsible for aggressive search engine optimization (SEO) in writing and formatting of all material.
*Lewy Body Dementia Association, national advocacy for those with Lewy body dementia and their caregivers:
-Webmaster for the association, providing a broad variety of marketing, Web development, and writing products.
*Healthcare Financial Management Association, 35,000-member professional association for healthcare financial managers:
-Writing and editing on issues regarding healthcare management for professional audience for hfm, national magazine for the association.
University of Florida
Health Science Center/UF Shands Cancer Center, Gainesville, Florida
Communications Coordinator (part-time)
June 2009 to May 2010
The Cancer Center is the administrative home for all cancer research on the UF campus.
-I produced regular press releases, radio scripts, and other collateral material on UF cancer researchers.
-Press releases were well received and widely picked up in Florida, nationally, and internationally.
American Cancer Society
Research Department, National Home Office, Atlanta, Georgia
March 2006 to June 2008
The American Cancer Society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization, providing research, education, and direct service.
-My weekly e-zine on cancer research was well-regarded, and the Florida Department of Health requested permission to redistribute the content to various constituencies.
-I contributed regularly to the Research Department’s intranet, providing both content and art to illustrate the published work of Society grantees.
-As science writer/editor, I was responsible for editing and writing a wide variety of cancer-related publications for lay and scientific audience as well as support of research promotion activities throughout the ACS divisions.
DecisionHealth, a division of United Communications Group
Health care publishing firm, Rockville, Maryland
2003 to 2005
DecisionHealth produces high-quality business-to-business newsletters addressing a broad range of clinical, financial, and administrative health care issues.
-Working with health care professionals, I developed clinical decision trees that helped identify specific diagnoses from a set of symptoms. These decision trees were published as stand-alone products or as ancillary tools to accompany my longer clinical articles.
-I organized and hosted regular audio conferences with scientific experts for lay and professional audiences. I was responsible for organizing these audio conferences and collateral print material for subsequent sale and distribution.
-The newsletter I launched was well-received and surpassed growth projections in the first year.
National Health Information (NHI), LLC
Newsletter publishing firm, Atlanta, Georgia
Associate Publisher, November 2000 to April 2003
-I was responsible for editorial and production oversight of six 16-page monthly newsletters; new product development. I maintained the newsletters’ quality while increasing circulation.
American Health Consultants (AHC)
Newsletter publishing firm, Atlanta, Georgia
Managing Editor, 2000
Senior Editor, 1998 to 2000
Freelance Writer, 1998
-At AHC, I oversaw two or three newsletters at any given time, successfully managing several freelance writers and contributing original reporting of my own.
RPC (Research and Planning Consultants)
Healthcare consulting firm, Tallahassee, Florida, 1995 to 1997
-I was lead staff on several successful Certificate of Need projects for replacement hospital projects as well as market and feasibility analyses. In these projects, I provided planning and technical expertise in addition to project management.
KPMG Peat Marwick, LLP
Healthcare practice of accounting and professional services firm, Jacksonville, Florida, 1993 to 1995
-I was lead staff on several successful Certificate of Need projects for acute care and hospital-based subacute beds. I was recognized as an expert witness in Certificate of Need in administrative law court.
-I led a team of consultants to establish the structure and fee schedule for a physician-hospital organization.
North Central Florida Health Planning Council, Inc.
Private, not-for-profit planning agency, Gainesville, Florida
Acting Director, January to February 1993
Director of Planning and Analysis, 1991 to 1993
Planning Manager, 1989 to 1991
Senior Planner, 1988 to 1989
Associate Planner, 1987 to 1988
Planner, 1985 to 1987
Public Information Specialist, April to June, 1983
-At the Council, I developed an SQL-based system for analyzing patient-level hospital data that were just being made available by the state Agency for Health Care Administration. The data extraction was done simply and inexpensively, and the Council developed a consulting practice based on these data.
University of North Florida
Department of Communication and Visual Arts, Jacksonville, Florida, 1993 to 1995
Instructor in newswriting and reporting
University of Florida
College of Journalism and Communications, January 1980 to December 1980
Graduate teaching assistant in newswriting and reporting
Fort Lauderdale News
Master of Science in Health Administration
Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Health Administration, Richmond, VA, June 1998
Master of Arts in Mass Communication
University of Florida, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Gainesville, FL, December 1987
Bachelor of Journalism
University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Journalism, Columbia, MO, May 1978
Writing and editing for the Web
Mediabistro online short course, November-December, 2008
Biostatistics, epidemiology, public health policy coursework
University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Tampa, FL, 1991 -1992
Digital technology (InDesign, Final Cut Pro, Dreamweaver) coursework.
Chattahoochee Technical College, Atlanta, GA, beginning May 2012.
SELECTED ACTIVITIES AND AFFILIATIONS
North Central Florida AIDS Network
Non-profit service and educational organization, 1989 to 1991
Executive Director (Volunteer)
SELECTED PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
Simone J, Connor E. Winning the war against cancer, one battle at a time. Cancer. 2010 Jan 15;116(2):263.
Connor E. The effect of Florida's primary care program on clients' use of public health services. 1991, Spring: Florida Journal of Public Health, 8-9.
Panelist, discussion of the media and health care in A New Professionalism: Physicians Worthy of the Public Trust. American Medical Student Association, Alexandria, VA, March 19, 2005.
Panelist; presentation on the future of health care newsletter publishing, National Press Club, Washington, DC , June 2004
Panelist; presentation on effective marketing of freelance writing. Association of Health Care Journalists annual meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2002.
Regular lecturer in advanced reporting and journalism ethics at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, Spring 1990 to Spring 1993.
"News in the 90s: Covering healthcare: How to turn computerized hospital records into news stories."
Presentation to the Society of Professional Journalists, Florida International University, Miami, FL, April 1991.
Past clients, health-related
* Jobson Medical:
-Diabetes monograph for pharmacy continuing education
-Dementia meeting coverage for professional audience
* Emory Healthcare:
-Cardiac case studies for cardiologists and family practice physicians
-Newsletter for three medical staffs
-Consumer publication for heart patients
-Managed care update for brokers, agents and others in the insurance industry
* Dialog Medical:
-Patient education materials on cardiac conditions
* Dothen Press:
-HIV meeting coverage for professional audience
* Consensus Communications:
-Monographs on multiple sclerosis, diabetes
* Health Care Communications, publisher of eHealthcare Strategy & Trends and Strategic
-Implementation of smart cards in a hospital setting
-Successful interactive Web strategies employed by hospitals
-How the Alexian Brothers resuscitated a dying order
-Hospitals help patients establish personal Web pages
* M.D. News Atlanta:
-Local disaster and terrorism preparations
* Florida HealthTrac (monthly newsletter on health issues in the Florida legislature)
* National Underwriter
* Florida Underwriter
Selected other clients
* Evening Post Publishing Company:
-Feature article on Southern rowing for Garden & Gun magazine, March-April 2008
* Elliot Jaspin. Researcher and editor for Mr. Jaspin’s non-fiction history: “Buried in the Bitter
Waters.” Basic Books, 2007
* Florida Sportsman
* Florida Trend
* Tampa Tribune
* Sunday magazine of the St. Petersburg Times