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Christine Giraud

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Health Writer

About Me

Do you need content to attract customers to your brand? Content that will build trust so they come back? If so, we need to talk. I do it all: blog posts, articles, social media, professional profiles, website content, press releases, and more.

My background is in health communication, clinical research, user experience design, and film/video. The unifying thread through my 18-year career has been health and health technology. I've worked directly with clinicians for nine years, learning medical terminology and observing their day-to-day challenges. I'm now adept at synthesizing technical language so that it makes sense to the general reader. 

If you're looking for in-depth, well-researched articles, I'm your writer. I've written for the Boston Globe, Overture Global Magazine, The Paper Gown, Dig Boston, medical journals, etc.

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2018 Farm Bill: Boom or Bust for Mass. Hemp?

For many struggling small farms in Massachusetts, the 2018 federal farm bill could be a game changer. The long-awaited measure, signed into law last month, removed hemp — the nonpsychoactive variety of cannabis — from the federal government’s list of controlled substances. This article covers the opportunities and uncertainties hemp farmers face.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/marijuana/2018/12/31/farm-bill-boom-bust-for-mass-hemp/Qc1takE4IOYuQIQ13yPvzO/story.html?s_campaign=8315

Can Sustainable Cannabis Disrupt Big Agriculture?

On the cusp of broader legalization, local early operators in the Massachusetts cannabis industry are figuring out how to position themselves and their businesses for a potential rush of new regulation, commercialization, and super-sized competition. But they also have an eye on how their lessons learned can help reform and improve other fields of farming nationwide.

https://www.overtureglobal.io/story/can-sustainable-cannabis-disrupt-big-agriculture

Why Are More Young Women Getting Cirrhosis?

In recent years, there has been a growing number of patients in their 20s and 30s, dying from alcohol-related cirrhosis. This alarming trend caught the attention of Elliot Tapper and Neehar Parikh, both hepatologists at the University of Michigan, in 2017. Given that alcohol-related liver disease has traditionally been concentrated in people over 65, the two doctors decided to investigate further.

https://thepapergown.zocdoc.com/why-are-more-young-women-getting-cirrhosis/

Monitoring Health at Home Through Movement

Using low-power radio, the system can track the movements and physical conditions of patients at home, giving doctors and caregivers a rich source of data to help guide treatment and spot problems early. And pharmaceutical companies are lining up to use the system in their clinical trials.

https://www.overtureglobal.io/story/monitoring-health-at-home-through-movement

Candlelight Ganja Flow in Boston

The combination of yoga and cannabis seems like a no-brainer, even to a novice cannabis consumer like me. I know from experience that both can bring us more into the present and produce deep relaxation. That was exactly my experience.

http://theherblifestyle.com/community/candlelight-ganja-flow-in-boston

Super Bowl: Former Pats Player Becomes Cannabis Entrepreneur

Former New England Patriots player Eric Martin didn’t use cannabis in high school. When he got to college, he tried it and quickly discovered it wasn’t just fun—it helped him play football.

https://digboston.com/super-bowl-former-pats-player-becomes-cannabis-entrepreneur/

The Power of Voice in Health Care

Covered health summit on voice technology at Harvard Medical School, August 2018.

http://www.speechtechmag.com/Articles/News/Speech-Technology-News-Features/The-Power-of-Voice-in-Health-Care-126802.aspx

Cannabis Journeys

Profiles of people in the emerging cannabis industry for ElevateNewEngland.com.

https://www.elevatenewengland.com/blog

Medical Cannabis Special: Treating Yourself

Stories of three people who turned away from western medicine and toward cannabis when nothing else worked.

https://digboston.com/medical-cannabis-special-treating-yourself/

MRI Surveillance Following Treatment of Extremity Soft Tissue Sarcoma

The study investigated the utility of surveillance MRI imaging for detecting asymptomatic local recurrences.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jso.23541

The Use of Radiation Therapy in the Management of Selected Patients with Atypical Lipomas

This study analyzed how radiation therapy and surgery best treats atypical lipomas as per rate of recurrence and acceptable morbidity.

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/sarcoma/2013/485483/

How to Become an Iowa Medical Cannabis Patient

Iowa is now allowing limited medicinal uses of cannabidiol at five dispensaries. Medical marijuana has been legal in Iowa since 2014, but this is the first time stores are opening up. This post gives a step-by-step guide for how to do that and promotes one of those dispensaries—Have a Heart in Davenport, Iowa.

https://haveaheartcc.com/iowa-medical-cannabis/

How to Build a Cannabis Greenhouse in Your Backyard

You’ve been thinking about growing cannabis but the idea of growing indoors, without the sun, seems absurd. On the other hand, you’re pretty sure the unpredictability of Mother Nature will give you an ulcer. You also have nosy neighbors who might gasp at the sight and smell of cannabis. What to do?

https://www.leafly.com/news/growing/how-to-build-cannabis-greenhouse-backyard

How to Avoid Pesticides When Consuming Cannabis

Despite its hippie associations and "all-natural" branding, the cannabis industry has been using pesticides for decades. Legal cannabis was supposed to bring pesticides to safe levels but that doesn't necessarily mean consumers will be safe from the negative effects of pesticides — especially since state inspection programs aren't fool-proof, and there is little research on how inhaling pesticides, clinging onto marijuana bud, affect your health.

https://www.civilized.life/articles/how-to-avoid-pesticides-when-consuming-cannabis/

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A CARDIAC REHAB PROGRAM?

You recently suffered from a heart attack – and while it was scary, you’re starting to feel better. You’re following your doctor’s orders by eating heart-healthy foods, exercising, and reducing stress wherever possible. So why does your doctor still think you need a cardiac rehabilitation program? It turns out a cardiac rehab program is valuable for people with a wide range of heart diseases. From chest pains to heart transplants, all conditions in which the cardiac system has faltered.

https://blog.rehabselect.net/who-can-benefit-from-a-cardiac-rehab-program

Do Students Learn About Locum Tenens During Medical and Nursing School?

Barton Associates has a network of more than 270,000 locum tenens providers who go on thousands of assignments every year. The outlook for locum tenens career paths is bright, the temporary staffing industry is worth $3.9 billion and only poised to grow further, the perks are well-advertised, and the demand for quality health care will only increase throughout the upcoming years. And yet, medical and nursing schools do not traditionally introduce locum tenens as a future career option to studen

https://www.bartonassociates.com/blog/do-students-learn-about-locum-tenens-during-medical-and-nursing-school

Old Mills Get A New Lease From Cannabis

Massachusetts is home to dozens of old textile and paper mills that once thrived, making the state a manufacturing powerhouse. By the 1950s, those industry jobs moved south and the mill buildings deteriorated from decades of neglect. Many have been repurposed as apartments or smaller businesses. Some have been torn down. But one unlikely industry is bringing them back: cannabis.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/marijuana/2019/02/19/old-mills-get-new-lease-from-cannabis/Ev7Dy3XHIfw3501zwhdpdL/story.html

How to Understand What's Important in Your Analytic Reports

Your next meeting starts in fifteen minutes. You have the latest analytic report in your hand and need to get the gist of it fast. What is the most important information you need to understand? This post explains what parts of analytic reports are most important to understand.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1n_-OrQiMYFun_ZraL-WMoGH6ZBBBmpym/view

What is Medicare and how can it help my loved one?

How to help relatives access Medicare.

https://www.ianacare.com/blog/what-is-medicare

Employee Health Return to Work Strategies

How to make workplace safe from COVID-19.

https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/541637/Orbita%20White%20Paper%20Guide%20%20-%20%20Employee%20Health%20Return%20to%20Work%20Strategies.pdf?__hsfp=2683762904&__hssc=26229346.3.1591632951171&__hstc=26229346.f4d8e56ca821bc3d100db174e3931d88.1591632951170.15916

MEDCITY INFLUENCERS, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, HEALTH TECH

How chatbots can help screen for COVID-19.

https://medcitynews.com/2020/04/beyond-screening-how-covid-19-chatbots-support-patient-navigation-and-health-checks/

How CIOs Can Support Front-Line COVID-19 Response

Ghost write--how conversational AI can alleviate overwhelmed health care organizations.

https://blog.orbita.ai/how-cios-can-support-front-line-covid-19-response

2020: Access To Care Through The Digital Front Door

Conversational AI easing the patient journey.

https://blog.orbita.ai/2020-access-to-care-through-the-digital-front-door

What The Growth Of Google Assistant Means For Your SEO Strategy

Ghostwrite--voice search

https://blog.orbita.ai/what-the-growth-of-google-assistant-means-for-your-seo-strategy

Experience

Blogger

Writing profiles of people in the emerging cannabis industry for Elevate New England. https://www.elevatenewengland.com/blog

Company: Elevate New England

I worked there from 1/2018 until now

Globe Correspondent

Writing journalistic content on a freelance basis.

Company: Boston Globe

I worked there from 12/2018 until now

Content Marketing Writer

Writing blog content for cannabis dispensaries.

Company: Foottraffik.co

I worked there from 12/2018 until now

Freelance Writer

writing social media posts

Company: Happify

I worked there from 3/2020 until now

Freelance Writer

writing about health policy

Company: Ianacare

I worked there from 7/2020 until now

Features Contributor

Wrote two feature stories published 11/19/18: "Can Sustainable Cannabis Disrupt Big Agriculture?" and "Monitoring Health at Home Through Movement."

Company: Overture Global Magazine

I worked there from 9/2018 until 11/2018

User Researcher

Contracting as needed for Boston startup. I have developed personas, comp analysis, analyzed interviews, wrote and analyzed user survey, planned and implemented UX testing.

Company: Savepoint

I worked there from 1/2017 until 8/2018

Freelance Writer

Wrote an ​article about Voice of Health Summit, at Harvard Medical School.

Company: Speech Technology Magazine

I worked there from 8/2018 until 8/2018

Chart Abstractor

Data abstraction, quality control, feasibility testing of modules, maintaining regulatory compliance.

Company: Flatiron Health

I worked there from 5/2014 until 6/2018

User Researcher

Conducted user interviews, developed personas, created content audit, sitemaps, wire framed.

Company: Smartbug Media

I worked there from 4/2017 until 6/2017

Clinical Research Coordinator, II

Managing three database repositories and one multi-center national data registry of cancer patients receiving radiation. Responsibilities: chart abstraction, consenting patients, database development and design, running queries, quality control, developing standards of procedure, data maintenance, maintaining regulatory compliance, supervision of interns.

Company: Mass General Hospital

I worked there from 1/2011 until 4/2014

Study Coordinator

Management of a research study evaluating a tele-device to improve medication adherence. Responsibilities included staffing, supervision and evaluation, monitoring workflow, planning and facilitating meetings, overseeing participant recruitment and data collection, maintaining regulatory compliance, developing standards of procedures, purchasing materials and services, quality control, acting as communication liaison.

Company: Boston Medical Center

I worked there from 3/2009 until 1/2011

Social Marketing Project Coordinator (Consultant)

Coordinated two teams to create media collateral for ads about prescription drug abuse. This involved developing a work plan, planning and facilitating meetings, messaging, consensus- building, developing and administering tools for analysis, qualitative data analysis, creating and updating the wiki website, developing and pre-testing ads, working with vendors, creating media materia

Company: Somerville Cares about Prevention

I worked there from 3/2008 until 10/2008

Communication Specialist

Organized a social marketing campaign aimed at preventing youth from accessing alcohol. Responsibilities included planning and facilitating meetings with coalition members, developing surveys, audience research, data analysis, messaging, developing and disseminating website and media collateral; developed and implemented a strategic communication plan; organized seminars and workshops.

Company: Cambridge Prevention Coalition

I worked there from 1/2006 until 12/2007

Peace Corps Volunteer

At NAFTI, taught documentary film class to college students. At AED, with a consultant, developed the Ghana AIDS Commission’s five year behavior change health communication strategy for 2006-2010. This involved: arranging focus groups and recruiting participants from vulnerable populations.

Company: National Film and Television Institute and Academy for Educational Development

I worked there from 10/2003 until 11/2005

Program Associate- Media, Arts and Culture

Reviewed proposals and recommended funding; communicated with grantees throughout the grant period regarding the substantive, administrative and fiscal content of their proposals; recruited and managed consultants; gave technical assistance to grantees as needed.

Company: The Ford Foundation

I worked there from 9/2000 until 8/2002

Freelance Writer

Write news and editorial articles (700-2200 words).

Company: DigBoston.com

I worked there from 1/2018 until /

Freelance Writer

Wrote article (1200 words) on uptick in millennials dying by cirrhosis since 2009.

Company: https://thepapergown.zocdoc.com

I worked there from 8/2018 until /

Freelance Writer

Writing about conversational AI-white papers, blog posts

Company: Orbita.ai

I worked there from 8/2018 until now

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