Melanie Powers

Melanie Padgett Powers is the owner of MelEdits, based in the Washington, DC, area. She is a freelance writer, specializing in writing for membership associations, mostly about health care and public health. She is also a magazine managing editor, magazine proofreader and short-form copyeditor. She is the creator and host of the Deliberate Freelancer and Association Station podcasts and available for podcast creation consulting. Melanie has a journalism degree and was a newspaper reporter in her home state of Indiana before moving on to membership associations

info Subjects


Health & Medicine

notepad Skills

  • Articles
  • Blog posts
  • Conference/meeting coverage
  • Content marketing
  • Editing
  • Feature writing
  • News
  • Profiles
  • Publication management
  • Q&A

star Awards, Honors, Appointments

Associations, Media & Publishing: multiple Gold Excel Awards for The Physiologist Magazine, of which I have been the managing editor since it launched in 2019. 

Associations, Media & Publishing: Gold Award for Feature Writing for profile: “Gene Screen,” published in The Physiologist Magazine.

Selected Work

As author, unless indicated otherwise.


The Physiologist Magazine

I have been the award-winning magazine managing editor of this magazine since it launched in 2019. It is published in print and online six times a year for the members of American Physiological Society, who are PhD researchers and trainees.


Generative AI Meets Scientific Publishing


Newborn Screening: 60 Years and Counting


Public Health Newswire

I manage the blog (Public Health Newswire) for the American Public Health Association on-site at its annual meeting every fall. I assign, edit and post the articles from a small team of reporters, and I manage the overall process. I started out as one of those reporters, and after a few years I was asked to manage the entire process. I also continue to write a handful of blog posts on-site as needed. 


Combating Inflation in Optometry

I write regularly for the American Optometric Association's magazine that goes out six times a year to its optometry members and students. As illustrated in this article, I love combining the topic of business management with health care. 


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