Georgia writer offers tips on covering location, health and poverty

Susan Heavey

About Susan Heavey

Susan Heavey, (@susanheavey) a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on social determinants of health and curates related material at healthjournalism.org. She welcomes questions and suggestions on resources and tip sheets at determinants@healthjournalism.org.

Photo: Spider via photopin (license)Georgia-based freelancer Carolyn Crist has written about health and travel. Her interests intersect in this tip sheet (ADD URL) on the impact of geography, and its link to poverty, on health.

Photo: Spider via photopin (license)Georgia-based freelancer Carolyn Crist has written about health and travel. Her interests intersect in this tip sheet on the impact of geography, and its link to poverty, on health.

Carolyn Crist knows a little something about place.

A freelance journalist based in Georgia, Crist specializes in health, science … and travel writing.

The graduate of University of Georgia’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication spent several years assisting UGA’s Travel Writing in Prague program, in addition to writing about the uninsured, obesity, aging and other health issues.

Now she has leveraged her interest in location into a tip sheet for fellow journalists looking into the impact of geography on health, especially poverty.

Carolyn Crist

Carolyn Crist

Crist writes and curates Covering Poverty, a weekly online newsletter with relevant news stories, and resources for a range of beats, including health and race.

“We’re seeing more conversations in the United States about the connections between race/class and geography/poverty, and I’m encouraged by that. However, we need to include more context to explain ‘how we got here’ in stories, even if a few sentences,” she told me recently.

In this new tip sheet, she helps guide health reporters looking for story ideas, particularly on the link between location and geography on people’s health. She included resources, emerging trends, and relevant questions to ask. All of it can spark potential story ideas.

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