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Health communication consultant, patient advocate, public speaker and blogger Alisa Hughley earned a bachelor of science in biology from Howard University and a master of public health, concentrating in health policy and management, from Emory University. While pursuing her MPH, she researched race- and class-based health disparities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and designed an instrument that measures health utility in diabetic patients as an independent research project during graduate school. Her consultancy and research clients include the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; a network of upstate New York hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. She designs and evaluates health education programs; advises health system managers; promotes organ donation and end-of-life (advance) planning. Hughley has taught bioethics to Howard University Medical School undergraduate, graduate and professional students across the clinical disciplines of health sciences. In 2012, she was chosen as a FrontLine Scholar at TEDMED, a conference examining the future of health and medicine through technology, entertainment, and design.
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