My Work

My primary beats include aging, Boomer health, women’s health, social determinants and health policy. I also write and report stories across the health spectrum, including related issues like politics, housing, business, and the environment.

Family Caregiving: Survival in the City

As part of my Journalism in Aging fellowship for the Gerontological Society of America, I reported on the issues and challenges facing caregivers in New York City. This story appeared in New America Media.      

Healthy Aging…Into Your 80s and Beyond

  Healthy aging is possible at any age, and it’s about a lot more than just physical well-being. For Consumer Reports, I took a  look at how some people are planning for an age-friendly future.

Older Women Count: Special U.N. Panel Coverage

  Older Women Count: Special UN Panel Focuses on Violence Against Older Women. On March 17, 2015, The UN Commission on the Status of Women took a look at the global challenges of gender violence in an aging society. This first appeared on HealthCetera, the blog of the Center for Health, Media & Policy.

A Push for a National Breast Density Law

This Connecticut Health I-Team article on efforts to pass breast density inform laws in every state was nationally syndicated and appeared in  The Hartford Courant, New Haven Register, and The Los Angeles Times.

Helping Alzheimer’s Caregivers Navigate the Health System

I developed this eight-part series to help family caregivers navigate the often-confusing U.S. health system for Alzlive.com, an international site focused on caregiver support, resources and building community

Nursing: Not Just a “Woman’s Career”

The future of nursing looks bright – as this story shows. It is part of a six-part series I wrote for TheAtlantic.com

photo: Nina H. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ninahiironniemi/1118863010/

The Link Between PTSD and Diabetes

I often write about medical studies like this one. A story for Healthline looked at the relationship between mental and physical health and how the latest research affects the public.    

The Hidden Costs of Cancer

Cancer is not only a devastating disease but can quickly become a financial burden with many expenses not covered by insurance. I talked with numerous cancer patients, survivors and experts for this article for Women magazine, which appeared in print and online.    

Trump vs. Hillary: The election’s impact on physicians

What will happen to physician practices, patient care, and payment models when one of these candidates becomes president? A lengthy cooperative effort for Medical Economics – I wrote the analysis of Hillary Clinton’s proposals.  

How is there still no funding act for Zika?

As a traditional journalist, writing opinion pieces is a stretch. But sometimes, even the obvious needs to be stated. Congressional inaction was putting many lives at risk – including those of unborn children. I wrote this for The Guardian while Congress was on an extended vacation.  

Being a Parent While Caring for One

The “Sandwich” generation – baby boomers caring for aging parents, children and work. I look at how to strike a balance, for Cancer Today magazine.

Thought Leaders Perspectives on Active Aging

I interviewed three top experts about the future of the active aging field for the Journal on Active Aging. This isn’t your father’s retirement.

HealthCetera on WBAI-FM

I’m a co-producer and reporter for HealthCetera, on WBAI-FM NYC/Pacifica Radio. Listen to some of my reports on health issues that affect us all.  

Covering Health: AHCJ Posts

As topic editor on aging for the Association of Health Care Journalists, I write weekly about all kinds of aging-related issues.

More from Connecticut Health I-Team

I freelance for C-HIT, a non-profit statewide news service launched by two veteran health journalists. Many assignments like this one and this one look at how national issues impact states and communities.

AARP: White Paper

I worked with the AARP Public Policy staff as part of my fellowship with the Center for Health, Media & Policy to develop this white paper on how broadband connections make a difference for older adults in rural areas of the United States.