Janice Lynch Schuster, an award-winning nonfiction writer, was a senior writer for Altarum Institute from 2008 to 2014. In addition to the expertise that she provided in covering topics such as multiple chronic conditions, aging, end-of-life care, and hospice and palliative care, she has written about many public health issues.
Institute projects included reports and materials written for the assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the build-out of health law enrollment, as well as documents for the forthcoming report card of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Other interests include maternal and childhood health, early childhood development, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and health policy.
Ms. Lynch Schuster is a coauthor of Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness, which received the 2012 book award from the American Medical Writers Association; and is a past recipient of awards from the Society for Technical Communicators, the Plain Language Initiative of the National Institutes of Health, and the Society for Government Communicators. She is adept in many platforms, including traditional print and new media, and is a regular contributor to The Washington Post and an occasional contributor to The New York Times. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
Ms. Lynch Schuster has a BS in mathematics from Guilford College and a master’s degree in fine arts from American University, where her thesis, “When Numbers Breathe,” received the Myra Sklarew Award for Best Creative Thesis.