20th Anniversary Reunion

On September 19th and 20th, 2014, Tufts University and neighboring Emerson College hosted 181 Health Communication alumni, current students and faculty for a 20th Anniversary Reunion Celebration. “Twenty years is a long time in a field so new” said Aviva Must, PhD, Tufts Dean of Public Health and Professional Degree Programs, "our programs continue to define and meet the training needs for health communication professionals."

The weekend kicked off with a cocktail reception at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Guests enjoyed the stunning views of Boston from the 15th floor while reconnecting and reminiscing with former classmates and professors.

“My favorite part of the Anniversary Celebration was meeting alumni,” said Leah Ettman, current Tufts Health Communication student. “As I prepare to start my career, it was helpful to connect with alumni and learn about the work they’re doing in the field. I feel so lucky to have met many of the alumni and get their insight and advice.”

Read more about the reunion activities.

Click on the tabs below to view a summary of the workshops and related PowerPoint slides.

Facilitator: Professor Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi (TUSM Faculty)

Expert Participants: Kristin Erekson (Boston Children’s Hospital, Emerson alumna), Ellen Langhans (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Emerson alumna), and Claire Berman (Harvard School of Public Health, Tufts alumna)

Description: Health communication professionals recognize the influence culture, language and literacy have on our ability to communicate health messages and on people’s understanding of those messages.  In a recent survey of Tufts/Emerson health communication alumni, health literacy was identified as a top priority for health communication professionals today.  This panel of health literacy experts and alumni will discuss the essential tools and techniques used to improve health literacy and make a difference in people’s lives.

Amy Behrens' slides

Claire Berman's slides

Krisitin Erekson's slides

Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi's slides