How Journalists Think: Tips for Getting the Media Interested in Your Public Health Research

YEREVAN, Armenia – On November 6, 2017, The Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health organized a public health seminar which was led by Kent Garber, MD, MPH, who presented on How Journalists Think; as a former journalist and a physician with public health background he knows well both sides and provided tips to the audience of health professionals on how to get the media interested in public health research: “Journalists and public health experts both play critical roles in informing and educating the public. Hopefully, if public health researchers better understand how journalists work, they can do a better job of getting their messages out to the public and to policymakers–and making an impact.” An interesting discussion with the audience followed his presentation.

Dr. Kent Garber graduated from Yale University in 2007 with a BA in linguistics. From 2007-2010 he was a staff reporter for the U.S. News & World Report, a newsmagazine based in Washington, D.C., covering health policy and politics. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School in 2014 and his Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2017. He is currently a general surgery resident at University of California, Los Angeles; an associate in the international health department at Johns Hopkins; and a consultant for the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa health team, focusing on health systems in fragile and conflict-affected states. He has conducted public health and policy research on Artsakh as well as multiple countries in the Middle East and North Africa region. 

The AUA Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health works actively to improve population health and health services in Armenia and the region through interdisciplinary education and development of public health professionals to be leaders in public health, health services research and evaluation, and health care delivery and management.