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Changing the Narrative: Reporting on Drugs, Addiction & the Overdose Crisis

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Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A

123 S Linn St

Iowa City, IA 52240

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Workshop on communicating about the overdose crisis and drug use in Iowa communities

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Hosted by Zachary Siegel and Dr. Rachel Young.

Zachary Siegel is a journalist living in Chicago who covers public health and criminal justice. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Wired, Slate, Vice, and The Appeal, among others. He is currently a journalism fellow at Northeastern University's Health in Justice Action Lab, and co-hosts Narcotica, a podcast about drug policy and harm reduction that centers the voices of people who use drugs.

Rachel Young (MPH, PhD) is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. She has a master’s degree in public health and an MA and PhD in journalism, all from the University of Missouri. Her current research is at the intersection of public health and communication. She’s written extensively about how the media cover health issues, how media coverage affects audience perceptions, and how media affect our health and well-being. A child of two master teachers, she has a passion for introducing students to the notion that our health is determined by our environments, our social class, our privilege, and many other factors that constrain our individual choices. She is also trained as a StoryCenter facilitator and uses multimedia tools to help people tell meaningful personal stories. In spring 2019, she ran a workshop to help IHRC staff and volunteers create videos about drug use and harm reduction. She’ll continue the storytelling project in fall 2019 with a grant from the University of Iowa Office of Outreach and Engagement. Before going back to get her PhD, Rachel worked as a health and science writer and editor, most recently for the children’s magazine company Cricket. A native of Columbia, Missouri, she now lives in Iowa City with her husband, Gabe Bodzin, a therapist, and their two teenaged children. Her hobbies are reading fiction, thrift shopping, learning guitar, cooking, running, and trying out new hobbies.

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