Meet The Judges: Health Communications Award

The Health Communications Award

RISE:2020 is set to go virtual on April 9, showcasing the work of some of the most tenaciously intelligent student minds at Northeastern University. This year, in addition to fields popular in previous Expos, there will be a slew of new Focus Awards dedicated to widening the scope of the RISE, offering recognition to projects in those fields that run parallel to the sciences and STEM fields. Among the new Focus Awards, College of Art Media and Design and Bouvé College of Health Sciences will be jointly sponsoring the new “Health Communication Award.” This award will give two $1000 prizes to one graduate and one undergraduate awardee for projects examining contemporary health communication challenges paired with viable solutions.  

Student projects entered in this category will be evaluated by a panel of judges with professional and academic backgrounds in the health sciences and communication fields. 

The Panel

Angel Bourgoin

Angel Bourgoin PrelimAngel Bourgoin, PhD, is currently a Senior Researcher at John Snow, Inc, where she conducts research focused on Health, Wellness and Fitness. Bourgoin received her Bachelors of the Arts in Psychology Communication Service from Case Western Reserve University before earning her Masters and PhD in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania. Before her current position, she worked as a researcher at Case Western Reserve University and at the Academy for Educational Development. She designs and executes qualitative and quantitative research to inform insights into the areas of health communication, healthcare transformation and health policy. 


Sarah MacDonald

Sarah Macdonald PrelimSarah MacDonald is the Executive Director at Life Science Cares, a company dedicated to making a collective effort across the life science industry to help address poverty in the Greater Boston Area. Before her current role, MacDonald worked at Mass Bio as the Executive Vice President and the Vice President of Development and Communications and as the Deputy chief of Staff at the Department of Business Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Her roles have required her to collaborate with senior teams in communications, business development, policy, legal and membership to leverage opportunities for enhancing the organizations influence. She received her Bachelors of Science in English and Political Science from Hartwick College before receiving her Masters in Journalism from Northeastern University.

Steve Granelli

Steve Granelli PrelimDr. Steve Granelli is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Northeastern University in Communications. He received his Bachelors of Science and Masters in Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University before receiving his PhD in Communication Studies from Ohio University. Before his current teaching position, Granelli served as a visiting assistant professor and an adjunct professor at State University of New York at Oswego and as an adjunct Professor at Syracuse University. He has also been nominated for several awards throughout his teaching career, including the College of Arts Media and Design Excellence in Teaching award and the Peter Rasposo Graduate Service Award, which he also won.  


Chanhyun Park

Chanhyun Park PrelimDr. Chanhyun Park is an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University within Bouve College of Health Sciences, Department of Pharmacy and Health Systems Sciences, and the School of Pharmacy. She studied at Sookmyung’s Women’s University in South Korea where she received her Bachelors and Masters of Pharmacy and the University of Texas at Austin where she received her PhD in Health Outcomes research as well as her Masters in Education. Before working at Northeastern, Dr. Park worked as a health economist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She states a particular interest in understanding the factors related to the utilization and costs of medications and healthcare services and estimating the economic burden of diseases.


Shan Mohammed

Professor Shan MohammedDr. Shan Mohammed is a Clinical Professor at Northeastern University where he is the founding director of the Master of Public Health Program in Urban Health. He is responsible for overseeing the program in areas of educational policy development, curricular design, public health workforce development and recruitment and outreach to public health professionals. He received his Masters of Public Health from Boston University before going on to obtain is MD from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. Before his current position, Dr. Mohammed served as the Director of Interprofessional Research, Education and Practice Initiatives in the College of Health Sciences and as a Lead Scholar with the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Through Research.  


Jessica Maxwell

Jessica Maxwell Prelim2Dr. Jessica Maxwell is an Associate Clinical Professor at Northeastern University. She is also the Director of Clinical Education in the Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences Department. She received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy her PhD in Epidemiology from Boston University as well as her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. She has developed and taught courses through the Doctor of Physical Therapy program curriculum for over 10 years, with expertise in flipped classroom pedagogy for therapeutic exercise and musculoskeletal courses. 


Lilly Stairs

Lilly Stairs PrelimLilly Stairs is the Head of Client Relations at Savvy Cooperative, a company that connects healthcare innovators with patients to help co-create new solutions to issues in modern healthcare. Stairs received her Bachelor’s in Communications from Northeastern University before going on to hold a variety of positions aimed at connecting professionals in the health field to their patients. In her professional career, Stairs has held positions at Mass Bio, IHI, JPA Health Communications, ZappRx, Inc, Janssen, the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association and Clara Health before assuming her current position. Stairs has dedicated her work to bridging the gap between patients and the innovators developing health-oriented technologies to improve the quality and effectiveness of solutions to challenges in the healthcare field.

Jane Allen

Jane Allen PrelimJane Allen is a Senior Research Public Health Analyst at RTI International, an independent nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. She received her Bachelor of the arts in English from Boston College and her Masters in Communication and Health Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her current position, Allen worked for the American Legacy Foundation (now the Truth Initiative) as a senior research associate, evaluation projects manager, and as the assistant director of research and evaluation. She also worked as a Research Public Health Analyst evaluating state and nation mass media campaigns, developing and conducting research to inform cannabis and tobacco regulation, and conducting survey research to understand beliefs surrounding cannabis in the context of legalization. 

Holly Gagnon

Dr. Holly Gagnon is a Senior Advisor responsible for Quality Standards and Clinical Decision Support at CVS Health. Dr. Gagnon has worked with CVS for 18 years, fulfilling roles as a pharmacist and as an advisor and director in several departments related to pharmacy. Her career has allowed her to analyze both the technical aspects of the health sciences as well as maintaining a positive client-facing demeanor. In her words, “it is exciting for me to be able to continue helping our patients to a path of better health while simultaneously being patient safety focused.” She received her PhD in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island.  

Andrew Mackie

Andrew Mackie is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Northeastern University. He received his Bachelors of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies with a focus in Natural Science before receiving his Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies and a Graduate level certificate from the Yale University School of Medicine’s Physician Associate Program. Mackie has been in clinical practice for over twenty years and has held a myriad of teaching positions in that time at Northeastern University, Johnson and Wales University, and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health ScienceHe has also worked clinically in internal medicine, cardiology, and critical care at the UMass Memorial Medical Center, the South Shore Hospital, the University Cardiology Foundation, and many more.

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Disclaimer: Information regarding judges and their work are sourced online via LinkedIn, associated academic institutions,  and affiliated organizations.

Written by Joseph Burns

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