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Shine the Media Spotlight on YOUR PH Story

September 20, 2012

Would you like to see more stories about pulmonary hypertension in the media?  With advice and materials from PHA, you, and PH, can make the news. PH patient Jeannette Morrill and Mollie Katz, PHA’s Vice President of Community Engagement, will share strategies for catching journalists' attention and getting media coverage.

Extra Resources: PHA’s Online Media Guide

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Presenter Information

Jeannette Morrill

Jeannette Morrill, PHAware Campaign Member

Jeannette's first attempt at media coverage was in 2004. She reached out to reporters because she wanted to spread the word about the PH support group she had just organized. The next year, Jeanette got news coverage of her story as part of a large article about pulmonary hypertension and a feature story about the Maine State Women's Golf Association Championship in which she competed.

Jeannette is always thinking of creative ways to get PH in the news. She’s scored media successes after talking to reporters about her Swinging for a Cure Forum and Golf Tournament, the release of her book, Living with Pulmonary Hypertension and her receipt of PHA’s Outstanding Citizen Award.

Mollie Katz

Mollie Katz, PHA's Vice President, Community Engagement

Mollie has been doing health-related public relations, mostly for nonprofits, for more than 20 years. She is experienced in developing communications plans which include media relations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has placed many stories in print, broadcast and online media at the local and national levels.

Elisabeth Williams 

Elisabeth Williams, PHA's Grassroots Campaigns Manager

As Grassroots Campaigns Manager, Elisabeth works to build volunteer membership in the PHAware Campaign (media outreach) and support current Campaign members in their communications with the media. Elisabeth is available to provide resources, advice and support to anyone interested in PH advocacy or media awareness.


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