Who I Am

I’m Joanne Barker and I’ve written about health for more than 20 years, most recently for Tufts University and the MGH Institute of Health Professions. I’ve written for low-literacy audiences, healthcare executives, concerned parents, and a lot of other people as well.

Health communication for the people

From dyslexia to autism, to dental care for rural populations, I write about health issues in a human voice. I love delving into confusing or emotional topics and emerging with explanations that help people understand their options, and possibly themselves, better.

Write it for the web

Technology delivers health information directly into people’s palms. How do you keep them on your site when a world of distractions is one click away? I write for the web without dumbing things down. And if you need an editor who can hone your message for an overloaded audience, I can help.


My creative non-fiction has appeared in Punctuate, The Drum, and Boston Magazine. If I’m not writing, I’m probably out swimming, rowing, gardening, or telling stories at a Moth Storyslam.