Meet the UHMP Team
Jayne O’Donnell 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.
Reed Tuckson, M.D. is a physician with a long history of interest in advancing the health and wellbeing of children and the American people. Trained as a general internist, Dr. Tuckson’s experiences as the District of Columbia’s Commissioner of Public Health, the Senior Vice President of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, his participation on the Presidentially Appointed National Commission on Children, and his service on cabinet-level committees concerning infant mortality and the prevention of youth violence, developed in him a lifetime commitment to the wellbeing of children. Dr. Tuckson is a recognized physician leader who has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group, and he actively serves on committees at the prestigious National Academy of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Among the organizations whose boards he currently serves are Project Sunshine, which provides supportive services to hospitalized children and their families, and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing humanism in the practice of medicine. Dr. Tuckson is proud to sponsor a health-related creative writing contest conducted through the Departments of English across Historical Black Colleges and Universities.
Faculty and Staff
Cynthia Robinson - Operations Coordinator is the Senior Operations Editor at USA TODAY, where she has been in employed in various roles for 35 years. Her core responsibilities are to coordinate, monitor, and represent editorial interests in all facets of production for all USA TODAY products as needed. Her career is evolving with the media brand into its digital-first approach which focuses on meeting our customer and client needs on multiple platforms. Her primary areas of responsibility are editing news stories for digital-to-print, coordinating, communicating, managing and executing edition workflows, assessing news events and developments, evaluating complex operational issues and production-critical situations, managing advertising adjacencies and special requests, editorial news hole and staying abreast of technology. Cynthia has led planning for the following events: 2012 Democratic National Convention as Command Desk Operations,general election coverage, summer and winter Olympics, music and movie awards, Super Bowl and USA TODAY’S signature Ad Meter, NHL, NBA, and MLBAll-Star and finals and NCAA championship playoffs and finals, NASCAR races, major PGA and LPGA golf tournaments and major tennis tournaments. Cynthia recently joined Urban Health Media Project as operations coordinator and is a member of the Gannett Employee Resource Groups Women Forward and African American Forward. In her personal time, she edits and assists friends and associates with written academic reports, resumes’, references, notices, and other projects. She is the administrator of her family investment club, 3CPM LLC. Cynthia is interested in writing/editing in various platforms, mentoring young people, traveling and celebrating with family and friends and philanthropy efforts.
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.
Andrea K. McDaniels
Andrea K. McDaniels - Program Instructor is a national award-winning health and medicine reporter for The Baltimore Sun, 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.
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.