Writer & Editor

Andrea KottI am a writer and editor for global health nonprofits, including foundations and major academic medical centers.

With a journalism background and a master’s degree in public health, I educate consumer, clinical, academic, and donor audiences by showcasing individuals, organizations, and initiatives that protect and advance health.

I started writing about health for women’s magazines and daily newspapers during the mid-1980s, just as the fitness boom was exploding. My initial interest in exercise and diet deepened and, gradually, I began writing about eating disorders and depression, substance abuse, domestic violence, sexually transmitted infections, premature birth, and HIV/AIDS.

The more I wrote about these and other health conditions, the more curious I became about the factors associated with their cause and prevention. My curiosity brought me to the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, where I earned my degree. For the past 20 years, I have been combining my journalistic skills and public health expertise to write and edit materials about the health of individuals and communities.

Whether I’m profiling a program for a hospital website or introducing an initiative for a foundation magazine, I capture the human angle that brings critical health issues home.

I work from concept to completion, producing blogs and other Web content, white papers, brochures, newsletters, magazine articles, book chapters, monographs, annual reports, fact sheets, press releases, and op-eds.

Having written for consumer, medical, and academic audiences, I am a pro at transforming technical, clinical-speak into text that is clear, crisp, and compelling. I create materials that are literacy–appropriate, culturally relevant, and geared to the reader-audience.

With my newsroom-training, I can:

  • thrive under pressure
  • collaborate easily
  • work well alone
  • grab any chance to brainstorm
  • respect deadlines and budgets

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My heavy editing hand was often idle on Andrea’s stories—they were that good right from the first draft.  —Donna Moriarty, MPH, Director for College Relations, College of Mount Saint Vincent

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