Jessica Mark, who joined the Foundation in 2014, brings her extensive experience in communications to her work as a communications officer. She relishes the opportunity to work with other RWJF staff in furthering the Foundation’s goal of working with others to help build a nation where every child has the chance to grow up healthy. “My role is to help unearth and tell compelling stories that bring the vision of a Culture of Health to life,” she says.
Previously, Mark was director of digital content for Home Front Communications, providing editorial support and direction for health and public health projects. In this role, she crafted an editorial strategy for and served as managing editor of NewPublicHealth.org, RWJF’s now-closed public health blog. Mark created a space where public health leaders, innovators, students, and fans alike could find and share stories about how to lay the groundwork for healthier communities. She also led the development of content in all different forms beyond blog posts including infographics, videos, and interactive experiences.
Earlier in her career, she managed healthfinder.gov for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Her work included translating complex scientific and academic materials into digital- and consumer-friendly content with an eye toward fostering health literacy and building social media communities of public health professionals and advocates.
Mark began her career in health communications at Ketchum, a global public relations firm. She worked in Ketchum’s health division, where she developed campaigns to engage people in their health, including an effort to vaccinate more children against the flu and a drive to educate young adults on why they need health insurance and how to use it.
She earned an MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a BA from American University. At Columbia, she worked as project manager in the University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics on research projects in the area of patient decision-making and the use of electronic patient health record data for population health improvement. She currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Communication in Healthcare.
A native of Long Island, N.Y., via Washington, she now resides in New Jersey with her partner and daughter. She enjoys reading voraciously, on the few occasions when her daughter is sleeping, and walking any- and everywhere with her daughter whenever she’s awake.