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Chadwick gets new job, at the state Department of Health

March 12, 2012

Dara Chadwick, spokeswoman for the Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island (ESRI) under state Treasurer Gina Raimondo, is moving to a new role. Here’s the release:

Michael Fine, MD, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), today announced that Dara Chadwick has been named to the role of Chief Officer of Health Promotion for the department. In this role, Chadwick … will serve as Public Information Officer and oversee communications strategy for HEALTH. She will join the department March 25.

“Dara brings to this position considerable communications experience, with a particular emphasis on health and well-being,” said Dr. Fine. “A strong communications function is essential to the mission of the Department of Health, and I am confident that Dara will effectively manage both our routine and emergency outreach to the media and the public at large.”

“Making the best health choices for ourselves starts with solid knowledge,” said Chadwick. “I look forward to helping all Rhode Islanders access the information they need to live healthier lives.”

Since January 2011, Chadwick has served as Communications Director for the Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island, a division of the Office of the General Treasurer, and she previously served as Communications Director for the Gina Raimondo for Treasurer campaign. For nearly two decades, Chadwick has worked as an independent writer, editor, and communications consultant. Her work has appeared in numerous local and national publications, including AARP Bulletin, BottomLine Women’s Health, VIV Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Shape, Working Mother, Parenting, Rhode Island Monthly, The Providence Journal, The Pawtucket Times, The Warwick Beacon, and The Jamestown Press. Chadwick is also the author of the 2009 non-fiction book You’d Be So Pretty If…:Teaching Our Daughters to Love Their Bodies – Even When We Don’t Love Our Own, which won the 2010 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

A graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I.NewhouseSchoolof Public Communications, Chadwick is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and a frequent guest speaker on issues related to the health of girls and women. She is a Jamestown resident.

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