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Danielle (Dani) Douglass

Writer, Blogger, PR Hawk

Corvallis, OR

Danielle (Dani) Douglass

I love telling stories, planning events and being involved in work that makes a difference. I've walked many paths in life, including PR pro, teacher, writer and blogger. I'm passionate, energetic and curious. My favorite topics are health and well-being, fitness, food, education, travel, outdoor adventure and ocean sports.

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A Boy's Passion to Save Lives

Twelve-year old Brycen Go has a simple vision of his future. He explains he’d be content living in a one-bedroom apartment with enough food to eat and a job with emergency medical services (EMS).
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Public health comes to life in London

Many facets of life are better understood when experienced firsthand. For a group of public health, kinesiology and biocultural anthropology students, studying abroad in London this past summer did just that. “Our trip to London altered my perspective, specifically regarding the global need of an efficient public health structure,” says Chase Fettig, a public health senior and one of nine students who made the trip.
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A force for good

Seven CPHHS undergraduate students had a memorable summer overseas in Bangalore, India. The students gained a new perspective as they saw public health in action alongside their faculty advisor, Assistant Professor Jonathan Garcia. While on the four-week trip, students earned course credits in public health (H225, H333 and H401) and attended classes at Swasti: Health Resource Centre, which is a non-governmental organization (NGO) located in Bangalore.
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Recipe for success

College of Public Health and Human Sciences nutrition students learned that the recipe for a healthy diet includes simple, economical and nutritious foods. Two groups of juniors and seniors toured Corvallis’ WinCo with Registered Dietitian Shari Steinbach, the Healthy Living Manager for Meijer, a Midwest supermarket chain in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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A welcome ascent

Long gone are Physical Activity Course (PAC) Program instructor Cressey Merrill’s days of traveling to Eugene and then hauling his student’s equipment in the bed of his pickup truck for the trip back to OSU. Thanks to a partnership and support by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences (CPHHS) and the Research Office, the OSU Academic and Recreational Dive Center (ARDC) officially opens on October 14, 2016, with an open house.
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College physical activity expert shares research with Oregon State Senate

It was a whirlwind week for College of Public Health and Human Sciences Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Kathy Gunter. But the physical activity expert walked out of the experience knowing that she and her colleagues made an impact on key stakeholders involved with House Bill 3141. Senate President Peter Courtney sponsored the bill back in 2007, which mandates the amount of physical education programming required for elementary and middle school students.
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Local program empowers cancer survivors to eat healthy

Cancer survivors need many things to thrive — the right attitude, a support system, numerous resources and a healthy diet. Too often, the latter is the most difficult to attain. But thanks to a local program, led and supported by CPHHS alumni and students, eating healthy is now within reach. Two years ago, Samaritan Health Services launched “That’s My Farmer” in Albany to support cancer survivors in learning about nutrition.
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Back to school: activity with purpose

In 1920, almost all U.S. colleges had physical education requirements. By 1970, it was about 70 percent. In 2013, CPHHS kinesiology professor Brad Cardinal and his colleagues published a study that found that number had plummeted to about 40 percent. Oregon State University is included in the 40 percent, requiring undergraduate students to take three fitness credits as part of its Baccalaureate Core curriculum.
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Public health internships span the Beaver State and the globe

Karen Elliott asks students to look within themselves and pinpoint what makes them wake up excited to go to work as she prepares them for internships in Oregon and beyond. As one of the college’s seasoned instructors and undergraduate public health internship coordinators, Karen says it’s fun to work with students every day.
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Study abroad trip to London brings public health into focus

Six College of Public Health and Human Sciences students not only studied abroad in London for three weeks and earned nine public health credits this summer, they were also a part of history in the making. “We were there during a difficult time for the UK,” Stephanie says. “The murder of Jo Cox, the surprising Brexit vote and subsequent political and economic fallout and uncertainty; and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Somme, one of the UK’s deadliest days in war.
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Self-compassion improves physical activity in individuals with multiple sclerosis

Having self-compassion – simply being kind to yourself – can help motivate individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) and promote healthy behaviors such as physical activity. Doctoral student Mara Nery-Hurwit recently defended her dissertation research on this topic and is eager to continue work in this area.
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So much more than summer camp

Thirteen years ago, Isaac Camacho was a camper at the first Oregon 4-H international summer camp. At that time, Isaac says he wasn’t a good student and his teachers didn’t like him. Today, Isaac has finished his master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University and he was recently accepted into Concordia University’s Transformational Leadership Educational Doctorate Program.
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About

Danielle (Dani) Douglass

Hi, I'm Dani and I'm an assistant director of marketing and communications at Oregon State University. I work for the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, which allows me to merge my love for everything health and well-being with strategic communications.

In my former lives, I was a corporate writer at Honolulu's top health insurance company, an elementary school teacher and public relations professional.

In my teaching career, I taught 3rd grade students the fundamentals of writing and enjoyed watching my students develop their writing and grammar skills. I maintained a class website and wrote and received numerous grants for classroom supplies and to take my students on field trips. Instilling a love for writing in my students was one of the most inspiring and gratifying things I've ever done.

During my years in public relations, writing and marketing, I provided account services to numerous Hawaii businesses and government officials. I learned to multi-task, stay cool under pressure, and prioritize deadlines. I also spent a year at Hawaii's State legislature, which provided me with the opportunity to see government in action.

I'm an energetic and driven individual. Meeting new people, seeing new places, and learning new things makes me thrive. I'm a firm believer in doing things that bring you the most happiness. I love being outdoors, eating healthy, being active, meeting people with inspirational stories to tell, traveling overseas, issues related to education reform and finding the best in people.

Outside of work and writing, I enjoy hiking, spending time with my husband and two cats, cooking and creating new healthy recipes, visiting with family and friends, going to the beach, surfing, lifting weights and reading.

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Skills

  • Hawaii travel market
  • Curriculum writing
  • Press releases
  • Feature writing
  • Interviewing
  • Teaching
  • Editing
  • Blogging
  • Writing