Our qualifications draw on our founders’ long careers in tackling our nation’s biggest public health and social challenges.

Joanna Barbour began her work in health communication more than 20 years ago. Over that time, she has helped many of the foremost national health organizations plan and implement initiatives designed to make a difference. Her work has addressed many of the biggest public health challenges facing the nation (chronic and infectious diseases, cancer, HIV, obesity, premature birth, underage drinking, substance abuse, mental illness, violence) and promoted many of the solutions (physical activity, nutrition, screening, immunization, effective parenting, support services). She has worked with clients to reach and engage a variety of audiences, including health care providers, patients, parents, youth, and educators. Joanna brings particular strength in strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, formative research, writing, and creative approaches, as well as top-notch project management. Joanna was awarded the Certified Communicator in Public Health designation from the National Public Health Information Coalition.

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Mary Yakaitis specializes in the design and management of programs that address national health and social problems. Her career spans more than 35 years, during which she has served in organizations providing expert services to health agencies of Federal, State, and local governments, as well as private-sector organizations. She is noted for her work on health-risk reduction programs and national coalitions that use public and professional education, mass media, and outreach efforts to increase public awareness, change attitudes and behaviors, and improve professional practices. She has provided leadership on national prevention programs related to suicide, substance abuse, mental illness, breast cancer, tobacco use, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.

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