Dear Reader,

Continuing on with 10th year celebration of the Center on Media and Child Health, we hope you enjoy August's Monthly Meet!

Enjoy your media and use them wisely,
The Mediatrician®

Center on Media and Child Health Monthly Meet

Lauren Rubenzahl HeadshotMeet: Lauren

How long have you been at the Center? I have been at CMCH since September 2007.

What do you do at the Center? I manage the work of the Center, with a particular focus on our outreach projects. My background is in education (I trained as a high school English teacher) and publishing, so I write or edit most of our outreach materials, offer talks and workshops at local schools and libraries, and work directly with teens as often as I can!

What is one of your current CMCH projects? I am heading up development of a Media Toolkit for Clinicians, which will help raise awareness among pediatricians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and others about media as an important influence in children’s health and development. It will also provide them with resources that they can pass along to patients and families.

What is one way you like to use media creatively? I love family stories. Recently, I’ve started collecting current photos and images from my family’s history (like local newspaper articles from 50 years ago, old photographs, census records…), and then posting them to shared sites, where family can comment on them and add their stories. Even just talking about them over the phone has been so much fun!

What is one of your favorite and why? There are so many kinds
of favorite movies to have—it’s so difficult to choose one! As my coworkers will tell you, though, the top of one of those lists of movies (I’m still not sure which list) is The Princess Bride.
I saw it over and over again growing up, to the point where I, like many other people, know the script almost entirely by heart. I enjoy the humor in it, the clever lines and clever characters, and the fun of quoting it with friends and family. 

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