Fall 2009 – Spring 2010

March 2010

Human Factors and Usability

Michelle Forren was our guest speaker Wednesday, March 24, 6:30 PM. Michelle introduced us to the field of Human Factors and Usability. Her job is to figure out how to make everyone else’s job easier when they use their computer. It’s a fascinating field that is both an art and a science, much like writing. And both entail crafting effective, efficient, satisfying communications for an audience – whether a reader or a user.

Michelle Forren is a Human Factors Engineer at a Fortune 25 company. She has over 20 years of experience in software engineering and design, with eight years in the field of medical software. She holds a Master of Science in Engineering Psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology, and is a Human Factors International Certified Usability Analyst. She designs software that is used by nurses, physicians, and pharmacists in clinical settings.

The meeting was held on the 8th floor of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

January 2010

An Iconography of Contagion: An Exhibition of 20th-Century Health Posters

At 5:00 PM, Thursday, January 21, Louise Shaw, curator, was our guide to An Iconography of Contagion: An Exhibition of 20th-Century Health Posters. This exhibition features more than 20 health posters from the 1920s to the 1990s, from North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. It covers infectious diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, AIDS, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

The posters show the interplay between public understanding of disease and social values. They reflect the fears and concerns of the time, and the state of medical knowledge. And they show how beautiful and entertaining images and designs were used to educate the public on matters of life and death.

The meeting was held at CDC Global Health Odyssey Museum.

November 2009

Healthcare Economics and Writing for Consumers

Anya Martin was our guest speaker on Thursday, November 12, 2009. Anya is a freelance journalist, editor and public relations expert who has been working in the Atlanta area for more than 20 years. Her work has been featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, publications by Emory Healthcare and numerous other outlets. Her articles for lay and professional audiences have covered a wide variety of subjects, such as children’s health care, assisted living, orthotics and prosthetics, ophthalmology, transplant services, cardiology, vaccine issues, infectious disease, travel health, gynecology, and assisted reproductive services.

Anya contributes feature articles about the financial angle of health to MarketWatch.com, part of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network. Topics that she has covered include obesity nutrition, chronic kidney disease and dialysis, pancreatic cancer, health insurance and benefits, senior and long-term care housing and services, sustainable hospitals, and cognitive fitness. She talked to us about writing these articles for consumer audiences and how the myriad aspects of economics in the health industry can affect each individual’s health.

The meeting was held on the 8th floor of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

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