My career as a writer, editor, strategist and content creator has always focused on my deepest passion: Helping people live healthier lives. 

My work includes:

  • Print and web content for health and medical clients, custom publishers, government agencies and non-profit organizations
  • Patient education materials
  • Public health campaigns
  • Features, profiles and essays for national and custom publications

I’m also the author of You'd Be So Pretty If:  Teaching Our Daughters to Love Their Bodies -- Even When We Don't Love Our Own (Da Capo Press, 2009), a non-fiction book exploring the powerful effect that a mother’s self-image has on her daughter.

Healthcare Experience

  • Chief, Office of Health Promotion, Rhode Island Department of Health
  • Chief of Strategic Communications and Media Relations, HealthSource RI (state-based health insurance exchange)


  • B.S., S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University


  • Advanced Social Media Strategy, Syracuse University and Hootsuite (2015)
  • Crisis and Emergency Risk Communications (CERC) basic certification, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2012)

Professional Affiliations

  • Board Member, New England Chapter, American Medical Writers Association (AMWA)
  • Member, American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
  • Fellow, Women’s Policy Institute, Women’s Fund of Rhode Island (Class of 2012)
Dara Chadwick
ASJA Member