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Douglass High School Partners with Department of Communication

Picture from Ida B. Wells lecture with Douglass High students in attendanceSeveral Douglass High School public service and communication-focused students attended the Ida B. Wells lecture in the Art and Communication Building auditorium at the University of Memphis.

The Department of Communication in conjunction with the Loewenberg School of Nursing launched a series of radio messages to help empower individuals to better communicate and make healthful choices.

“We need as much information as we can get to reduce our health risks. We believe that this partnership is an important addition to the ways available to bring health information to our citizens,” said CCFA Dean Richard Ranta. Produced at the WUMR studio on the University of Memphis campus,

“Let’s Talk Health” is narrated by Dr. Gretchen Nordling Holmes, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication, and Lisa Beasley, a family nurse practitioner and clinical assistant professor in the Loewenberg School.

This impactful series features 19 segments, covering health and communications topics such as avoiding colds, the warning signs of diabetes, maximizing visits to the doctor, as well as how health professionals can better communicate with patients.

“Our goal is to promote better health for the Memphis community,” said Dr. Lin Zhan, dean of the Loewenberg School. “Most of our nursing faculty shared their range of expertise, from managing diabetes to coping with depression. It has been such a pleasure to work with Dean Ranta and his faculty. As people take control of their health, they talk and walk, and become healthy.”

During the 19-week run, a new segment is broadcast on WUMR-FM 91.7 at 4:55 p.m. each Monday. Archived podcasts can be found at

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