We are a group of physicians, researchers, and health educators. Our passion is to help the more than 90 million American adults who struggle to understand and use health information. Through utilizing our tools and resources, we assist in decreasing emergency room visits, promoting preventative services, decreasing overnight hospital stays, and promoting overall health.

Kara Jacobson

Kara Jacobson, MPH - Director

Kara Jacobson is a health educator and faculty member at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University in Health Policy and Management. She is known in the field for her ability to take science and evidence based information and make it understandable for many different population groups. This includes the language as well as the design of patient education materials- whether they be online or in print. Also, she is very adept in engaging consumers in the development and testing of materials. In her role at the Center for Health Guidance, she provides consultations for pharmaceutical and other industry partners on the design of clear and simple patient education materials. She enjoys training in classical ballet.

Ruth Parker

Ruth Parker, MD - Medical Director

Dr. Ruth Parker is professor of medicine, department of medicine, at Emory University School of Medicine. She is nationally recognized for her research, educational, andadvocacy efforts in health literacy. She was co-investigator on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation "Literacy and Health Care" project, and helped develop the Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults (TOFHLA). She has authored numerous paperson health literacy and is active in research, advocacy, and policy work in the field. Ruth is an avid marathon runner.

Matthew Vallevand

Matthew Vallevand, MPH - Instructional Designer

While working with The New Georgia Project, Matthew designed flyers, wrote scripts and helped the phonebanking team to communicate the changes made possible by the Affordable Care Act. He also created an animated video about how the Affordable Care Act will affect women's health. Matthew holds a Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Matthew enjoys playing soccer and learning about new technology.

Nick Goodwin

Nick Goodwin

Nick's background in team management and communications have aided him in launching the Resource & Insurance Navigator Group (RING)-- a state-wide, federally funded NGO that builds student leaders in universities across Georgia and connects underserved populations with health insurance and other basic social, medical, and foundational resources.


For more than three years, his writing on the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion and related topics have reached some 100,000 Georgians in publications like Atlanta Magazine and Emory Medicine Magazine. In his spare time, Nick is quite an impressive chef.

Rachael Postlethwait

Rachael Postlethwait

Rachael is a graduate of Emory University. She worked extensively on an NIH project to help improve the labeling and dosing of children's medicines. She is currently a medical student at the University of Central Florida. Rachael enjoys long runs with her pup, Ellie.

Clayton Marcinak

Clayton Marcinak

Clayton Marcinak has authored "Let's Ask 4"- a campaign to prepare consumers for the changes in health care under the Affordable Care Act. He is currently a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania. Clayton holds a masters degree as an musical organist.

Pennie Theodorou

Pennie Theodorou

Pennie Theodorou is a second-year Master of Public Health Student at the Rollins School of Public Health in the department of Behavioral Science and Health Education. She is interested in maternal and child health specifically the long-term health outcomes of stressful childhood events. She grew up in Tucson, Arizona and attended the University of Arizona where she majored in Public Health and minored in Psychology. She enjoys hiking and spending time with her big, Greek family.

Contributors

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