Emily Paulsen

With more than 25 years of experience covering health, medicine and health policy for government contractors and agencies, associations and publications, Emily Paulsen is skilled at navigating complexity, cutting through jargon, and delivering authoritative, effective, and clear articles, white papers, blog posts, reports, and more. She works collaboratively with clients and teams to come to consensus and arrive at communications solutions that meet their needs. Her clients include divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services (such as the Administration for Community Living and several institutes, centers, and offices within the National Institutes of Health), nonprofit associations (such as the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the National Academy of Medicine), and healthcare organizations (Duke Health, Mayo Clinic).

In addition to running her business, Emily has served on the board of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and is currently serving as president of the organization. Under her leadership, ASJA has transitioned from management by a large consultancy to overseeing a direct-hire executive director, nimbly adapting to changing market conditions.

Emily is a three-time winner of an International MarComm award for writing (platinum in 2021 and gold in 2022 and 2023) and a winner of the 2022 ASJA award for business-to-business communications.

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Fitness & Nutrition
Health & Medicine


Health equity, patient experience, patient communications

notepad Skills

  • Blog posts
  • Books
  • Case studies
  • Communications strategy
  • Content marketing
  • E-books
  • Editing
  • Feature writing
  • Ghostwriting
  • News
  • News releases
  • Publication management
  • Technical writing
  • Speechwriting
  • Social media
  • White papers
  • Web copy
  • Annual reports
  • Articles
  • Conference/meeting coverage
  • Ideation
  • Op-Ed
  • Profiles
  • Project management
  • Q&A

notepad Writing Credits

Nonprofit associations: National Academy of Medicine, American Hospital Association, American College of Radiology, American Psychiatric Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, URAC, Commonwealth Fund

Healthcare Organizations: Duke Health, HCA Healthcare, Dignity Health, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

News organizations: Medscape News, Fierce Healthcare

Government Agencies: National Institutes of Health Office of the Director, Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), Office of Research on Women’s Health; Health Resources & Services Administration Office of Rural Health Policy; Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Alliance to Modernize Healthcare and Office of Minority Health

notepad Book Credits


Fun with the Family in Pennsylvania (Globe Pequot Press, first edition 1996 – fifth edition 2005)

Country Living Handmade Candles (Hearst Books, 1998)

The Living-At-Home Program: Innovations in Service Access and Case Management (Springer Publishing, N.Y.,  October, 1991)


The Call of Everest (National Geographic Books, May 2013)

The Body: A Complete User’s Guide (National Geographic Books, October 2014)

American Medical Women Association’s Complete Family Health Book (St Martin’s Press, 2001)

Good Housekeeping Illustrated Guide to Women’s Health (Hearst Publishing, 1995)

Reader’s Digest Book of Great Health Hints and Handy Tips (Reader’s Digest Books; 1994)


star Awards, Honors, Appointments

2023 ASJA Outstanding Content Award, B2B

2023 and 2022 Gold Award, International Competition for Marketing and Communication Professionals

2021 Platinum Award, Print/Writing,  International Competition for Marketing and Communication Professionals


Telehealth: Addressing Our Nation's Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Challenges

During the COVID-19 pandemic, providers across the country turned to telehealth to serve their patients’ needs. While telehealth encounters rose in most specialties, in the field of behavioral health, the revolution was particularly dramatic. This area of health care has experienced longstanding challenges, including access to affordable, quality care. Did moving to telehealth open new possibilities for addressing those challenges? We asked some experts for their take.


Unconscious Bias In Academic Medicine: Proceedings of the Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Forum

While academic medicine has made progress against overt discrimination, there is another threat to achieving a more diverse and egalitarian health care system: unconscious bias, or, in other words, the prejudices we don’t know we have, yet all of us do.


Do you have an elevated heart rate when sick? Here's why

I regularly write branded content for HCA's websites.


Early signs of mental illness: How to identify and respond to them

Just like knowing CPR can save lives during an emergency, knowing signs of mental illness can enable early intervention that improves quality of life and potentially prevents self-harm.


Talking to Patients About Semaglutide for Weight Loss

Medical director of the Duke Lifestyle and Weight Management Center shares his perspective on important factors for shared decision-making conversations about semaglutide between PCPs and patients.

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