Jayne O’Donnell - Founder and CEO is USA TODAY’s healthcare policy reporter. An author, TV contributor and freelance writer, Jayne has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and C-Span and been published in Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping and Parents. At USA TODAY – where she’s worked for more than two decades – Jayne covered the implementation of the Affordable Care Act beginning in September 2013. She now primarily focuses on mental health, addiction, childhood trauma and patient safety.
She has also won several awards for her work, most notably for her 1996 articles in USA TODAY on the dangers air bags posed to children. That reporting prompted many government actions including the “smart" air bags and warning labels in every new vehicle.
A graduate of University of Maryland’s College of Journalism, Jayne did graduate work at George Washington University’s School of Business. She lives in McLean, Va. with her husband and their teenage daughter. Jayne co-founded UHMP in 2017 with Dr. Reed Tuckson, former D.C. public health commissioner and a longtime health care senior executive, with initial funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
Faculty and Staff
Deborah D'Souza-Vazirani, Dr.PH
Deborah D'Souza-Vazirani, Dr.PH - Operations/Grants Consultant is responsible for the daily operations of UHMP. Dr. Vazirani has proven expertise in the areas of grant writing, program management, and programmatic and financial grant management in the public and private sectors. As a contractor for the Office of Minority Health, DHHS, she provided policy research, and technical writing on a range of government documents and publications. Her work for the past 15 years has focused on health care disparities, and maternal/child health delivery systems. She brings to UHMP her experience as a dedicated healthcare program manager and evaluator specializing in building community-based health initiatives and is passionate about leveraging people, organizations, opportunities and funding to address the social determinants of health.
Deborah received her Doctor of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University and is also a graduate of George Washington University and Trinity Washington University. She is an avid reader and Washington Nationals fan!
Teresa Redd, Ph.D.
Teresa Redd, Ph.D. - Evaluation and Curriculum Consultant is a former Writer-Editor for Time-Life Books. Dr. Teresa Redd earned a Phi Beta Kappa key from Princeton University, an M.A. in English, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Maryland, College Park. For more than 30 years, she taught writing at Howard University, where she attained the rank of Full Professor in the Department of English. During her tenure at Howard, she also directed Howard’s Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Assessment and its Writing Across the Curriculum Program. After retiring from Howard, she founded Redd Ed Consulting, LLC to assist educational programs and institutions with curriculum development, faculty development, online course design, and assessment. It is in this capacity that she has served the Urban Health Media Project, first, as a program evaluator and, now, as a curriculum developer.
Jarrad Henderson - Program Instructor is a two time Emmy-award nominated videographer, award-winning photographer, editor, and filmmaker, who is respected for working strategically and efficiently with creative teams or independently in deadline driven environments. An excellent student and teacher, who often is given the task of training peers and professional leadership teams, his work reflects that harmonious human relationships are the keys to success. His passion for storytelling soon earned him a staff position with the Detroit Free Press, Michigan’s largest media company, where Jarrad was named the 2014 Multimedia Photographer of the Year by the Michigan Press Photographer Association.
After briefly leaving Detroit to work as a Video Producer at Virginia Tech, Jarrad returned to journalism in 2016, accepting a position at USA Today, where he currently works as a Multimedia Producer. Recognized for being a forward-thinking, internet-savvy, digital media and video production expert, Henderson is working on becoming a feature filmmaker and volunteers his time to helping others pursue their dreams of becoming visual storytellers.
Andrea K. McDaniels
Andrea K. McDaniels - Program Instructor is a member of the editorial board of the Baltimore Sun, where she is a former national award-winning health and medicine reporter, with a special interest in urban health issues, trauma and disparities. Her series “Collateral Damage,” about the invisible health impacts suffered by people who live in violent communities, has won several recognitions, including The American Association for the Advancement of Science Gold Award and the Association of Health Care Journalists’ top award for public health reporting.
Since coming to Baltimore in 2001, she covered business for more than a decade before moving to the health and medicine beat, where she writes about the latest medical research, has investigated Maryland’s troubled health exchange and keeps readers abreast of all the latest fitness trends.
McDaniels grew up mostly in Northern Virginia and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has also worked at The Charlotte Observer where she covered race and immigration and chronicled the changing racial dynamics in North Carolina as an influx of Mexican immigrants moved to the area.
Mindy Fetterman - Editorial Advisor is an editor, writer and content strategist who has built on a 25-year career in journalism at USA TODAY to help corporate clients tell their stories and reach audiences directly. Fetterman recently worked as both an editor and writer for Palisades Media Ventures, a WPP company. She produced content for client websites, press releases and thought leadership pieces. She ran a “mini-newsroom” of freelance writers for a major international restaurant company client.
She currently is a freelance writer for both corporate clients, and journalism publications like Stateline, the national news service of The Pew Charitable Trusts, NPR, and AARP The Magazine. Fetterman worked for USA TODAY from 1987 to 2013 and rose to be Managing Editor/Content Strategy reporting to the editor and publisher. She helped build a corporate sponsorship program that increased revenue against editorial products from $300,000 to $18 million in four years.
She had been Deputy Managing Editor of both the News and Money sections, and was in charge of the national staff including reporters in the New York bureau during 9/11 as well as reporters who covered the Supreme Court, FBI and terrorism investigations. In the Money section, her reporters and editors covered personal finance and aviation security.
Previously, she was Business Editor of The Dallas Morning News and The Rochester (N.Y.) Times-Union. Fetterman is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the mother of one daughter. She lives in Alexandria, Va. She used to own a tiny piece of a pretty good little Thoroughbred filly that won at Churchill Downs, which for a Kentuckian was the thrill of a lifetime.
Josephine Chu - Digital Editor is a production associate at NBC News NOW in New York. She received her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cornell University. She has worked for The Cornell Daily Sun, USA Today, MSNBC and Agence France-Presse.
Pooja Singh - Graphics & Social Media Coordinator has an associates degree in pre-medicine, a bachelor's degree in global studies with a focus on health, development and environment, and a minor in biology. During her internship at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project, she was deeply inspired by their holistic approach at developing health in multiple communities. She aims to pursue a master's degree in global health and community development so she can help communities to most effectively develop their health in a comprehensive and sustainable manner.