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  • MossRehab Physical Therapist Carolyn Tassini Featured in a New Book Written By Healthy NewsWorks Student Journalists

    Published: 04/03/2014

    Carolyn Tassini, DPT, will be featured in a student-produced book, Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities 2014. The book, written and illustrated by Healthy NewsWorks student journalists, profiles 14 prominent leaders who are working to make our communities healthier and safer.

    Carolyn Tassini, DPT, is physical therapy team leader of the Drucker Brain Injury Program at MossRehab, part of Einstein Healthcare Network. Dr. Tassini works with Seamus, a fully trained and certified service dog for MossRehab’s canine-assisted therapy program.More information about the book and the book launch is available online at


    Healthy NewsWorks will celebrate the student journalists’ accomplishments with a book launch and fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, at the Merion Tribute House in Merion Station, Pa.

    Michael Useem, a nationally recognized expert in leadership development and a professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, will be keynote speaker. A number of the interviewees and student authors will be on hand to sign copies of the book.

    All proceeds will support the Healthy NewsWorks student media program.

    The full list of book interviewees includes:

    • Patricia DeRusso, M.D., director of the Healthy Weight Program, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
    • James Ellis, senior aquatics director at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Philadelphia.
    • Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services.
    • Amy Goldberg, M.D., and Scott Charles, creators of Temple University Hospital’s Cradle to Grave violence prevention program.
    • Juan Guerra, executive director of ACLAMO Family Centers in Norristown.
    • Raina Merchant, M.D., director of the University of Pennsylvania's Social Media and Health Innovation Lab.
    • Michelle Angela Ortiz, visual artist, muralist, and community arts educator.
    • Hernando Perez, Ph.D., director of the Drexel School of Public Health's industrial hygiene consulting service.
    • James Reif, lieutenant in the Upper Darby Police Department and coordinator of Upper Darby Township's Safe Schools Program.
    • Darren and Phyllis Sudman, founders of Simon’s Fund, which is dedicated to screening children for undetected heart conditions.
    • Carolyn Tassini, DPT, physical therapy team leader of the Drucker Brain Injury Program at MossRehab, part of Einstein Healthcare Network.
    • Marc Vetri, an Italian foods chef and co-founder of the Vetri Foundation for Children.


    Healthy NewsWorks is a school-based health journalism program for elementary and middle school students. Now in its 11th school year, the program empowers students to transform the health of their communities by reporting, writing, illustrating, and producing health-focused school newspapers and other media. The Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities book series is in its third year.

    “It’s an exciting and powerful feeling for these 8- to 13-year-old students to be able to ask good questions about health and safety and to communicate the answers to their peers,” said Marian Uhlman, director of Healthy NewsWorks.

    In the 2013-2014 school year, more than 200 students in 14 schools have been working on newspapers which have been distributed to more than 6,000 children and their families in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Healthy NewsWorks’ school-based initiatives (the health media program; health literacy and education; and the Leading Healthy Change books) work in concert with each other to enrich health knowledge and understanding in schools and communities.

    The student journalists conduct interviews, participate in press conferences, and write and illustrate stories on fitness, nutrition, safety, and more. Through this process they develop research and critical thinking skills. The newspapers themselves promote and heighten health awareness; provide a source for reading enrichment; support and encourage readers to adopt better health habits; address National Health Education Standards, reinforce Pennsylvania literacy standards, and align with Common Core State Standards.

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