As a freelance journalist, I conducted and wrote an interview about Thando Hopa, a South African model, diversity advocate, and the first woman with albinism to appear on the cover of Vogue. We discussed her activism about social constructs of beauty especially relating to Black albinism. The interview was one of four cover stories of The Power Issue published by AMAKA Studio, a digital publisher honoring African female changemakers working to make our world a safer place. I am grateful for her words of praise:
“I just read your article.
I did not anticipate such a thoughtful well researched piece.
You are gifted journalist and a listening writer.”
– Thando Hopa
I was a freelance writer and journalist for Massive Science covering healthcare and technology innovation. As a member of the Consortium of subject-matter experts, I wrote lab notes and peer commentary about loneliness, self-care technology, and ageism, among others. I also pitched and wrote articles for Massive that appeared in media outlets like Salon and Inverse.
I started Global Health Aging, an award-nominated publication site dedicated to bringing the latest news on healthy aging and longevity from all over the world. Topics include dementia and health policy, among others. The website was recognized as a resource for research on aging and age-related diseases by Georgetown University’s Dahlgren Memorial Library.
Published in collaboration with PBS Next Avenue and Forbes, Longevity Innovators is a year-long project on the exciting trends and insights regarding healthy longevity. I interviewed 18 visionaries that shared their vision for a better future. They include Arianna Huffington, Alan Alda, Deepak Chopra, Laura Deming, and Regina Benjamin, among others.
I serve as an advisor to humanKINDER, an award-winning company shining light on untold stories of human resilience, ideas, and solutions for systems change. Together with humanKINDER, we are editing Recipes of HOPE, a part cookbook and part travel memoir that celebrates the universal language of food during a 16000-mile journey across Europe in The Welcome Tent, a 1956 army catering tent re-purposed for peace.
During graduate school, I co-founded and edited Global Health Africa. The website focused on health issues in Africa and featured a broad range of research, news articles, and opinion pieces. Organizations including Next Billion, Global Health Hub, and Ventures Africa have cited and republished topical blog posts about elder abuse and Alzheimer’s disease, among others.
Future of Aging Quarterly was a multimedia publication featuring curated insights about longevity and healthy aging in the 21st century. With content from recognized experts, I prepared four themed issues and fourteen chapters on various topics. The Future of Aging, Pathways to Successful Aging, The New Promise of Longevity, and Engaging Young People in Aging.
Policy Interns is a voice for Washington DC interns to express their views on policy issues facing our world today. The website has a front-row seat to the policy-making process and a unique voice of the digital generation. Topics include but are not limited to health care, regulation, foreign policy, and technology, among others. My articles mainly focused on societal trends.
Every so often, I contribute VISIBLE Magazine is an online publication committed to making storytelling more accessible and inclusive. They actively privilege the work of people from underrepresented communities whose voices are often overlooked by traditional media outlets. VISIBLE publishes narrative fiction and poetry, including articles on various topics in healthcare.
As a Senior Associate at the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, I wrote four blog posts for the Milken Institute blog on about aging and health. I also wrote an article for National Aging Life Care Month as a featured guest expert, exploring the link between dementia risk and alcohol consumption, and published it on the blog. Writing for the blog inspired dialogue and action on longevity and healthy aging.
As the founder of Global Health Aging, I edited and published an article about the award-winning book The Dementia Diaries. The article was for a book giveaway I organized during Dementia Awareness Week. Working with the authors, Emma Barrett Palmer and Matthew Snyman, the goal was to raise awareness of dementia among young people in the United Kingdom and beyond.
As a Health Policy Research Assistant for Advancing States, I contributed to the Aging with Disability issue brief, which covers trending topics on the issue of aging with a disability. The issues brief also informs grantmakers about their unique opportunity to play a vital role in marshaling resources to enable this population to remain fully integrated with the larger community.