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ASL interpretation and live captioning in English will be provided. If you would like to request interpretation in another language, please email [email protected], and we will do our best to accommodate.

The Covid pandemic has shown that we all have a public health story to tell. But, when public health comes up as a topic, it often focuses on the big-picture population health angles—like flattening the curve or herd immunity—that can feel removed from everyday lives. Comics offer a way to communicate about public health by spotlighting more personal stories using unique visual and narrative elements. Meredith Li-Vollmer, author of Graphic Public Health: A Comics Anthology and Roadmap, will discuss what makes this medium effective for framing public health issues and helping people make decisions about their health and the health of their community.  She’ll share comics from her work at the health department in Seattle and her collaborations on health advocacy and promotion with indie comics artists.

All attendees will receive a free snail mailed copy of the Cool Work x Interesting People: Graphic Medicine zine.

Meredith Li-Vollmer is a communications manager at Public Health – Seattle & King County and author of Graphic Public Health: A Comics Anthology and Roadmap. In her role at the health department, she has collaborated on comics with many indie comics artists since 2008. Her own comics have been published in The Stranger, Illustrated PEN, and the American Journal of Public Health.  Meredith is a board member for the Short Run Comix and Arts Festival, a public health liaison for the nonprofit Graphic Medicine, and a clinical assistant professor in Health Services at the University of Washington School of Public Health. She received a doctorate in communications from the University of Washington.

This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number UG4LM012347 with the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, Worcester.

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