For release: October 30, 2012
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901-678-2843
The University of Memphis has launched a series of radio messages to help empower
individuals to communicate and make healthy choices.
“Let’s Talk Health” is a production of the U of M’s Department of Communication and
the Loewenberg School of Nursing. Produced at the WUMR studios on campus, “Let’s Talk
Health” is narrated by Dr. Gretchen Nordling Holmes, an assistant professor in the
Department of Communication, and Lisa Beasley, a family nurse practitioner and clinical
assistant professor in the Loewenberg School.
The 19 segments will cover such topics as avoiding colds, heart disease, asthma, diabetes,
depression, how to get more out of your doctor visit, doctor jargon, and doctor rapport.
They will be broadcast on WUMR-FM 91.7 Monday through Friday at 4:55 p.m. The first
one aired Oct. 29, and a new message will debut each week.
Gretchen Norling Holmes, PhD.
After receiving both a bachelor of science in communication and a master’s in communication
from New York University, Holmes earned a certificate in medical behavioral science
and a PhD from the University of Kentucky. She focuses her research on interpersonal
health communication, specifically patient-provider communication and the development
of interpersonal rapport. Prior to joining the U of M faculty, Holmes served as an
assistant professor at the University of West Florida Department of Communication
Arts and research director for the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information
Service, Mid-Atlantic Region.
Beasley has worked as a staff nurse on a cardiac step-down floor for Methodist Le
Bonheur Healthcare and also as a nurse practitioner in the primary care setting and
specialty care setting for patients with chronic pain. She now works in hospice care
and at a retail health clinic. A faculty member at the Loewenberg School since 2010,
Beasley worked in radio for 17 years before returning to school to study nursing.
Lisa Beasley MSN, NP-C, RN
“The College of Communication and Fine Arts, through its Communication Department’s
area of Health Communication and WUMR-FM 91.7, is very pleased to partner with the
School of Nursing to bring important health messages to the citizens of the Memphis
and the Mid-South,” said CCFA Dean Richard Ranta. “All of us need as much information
as we can get in order to reduce our health risks, and we believe that this partnership
will be an important addition to the ways available to bring health information to
Dr. Lin Zhan, dean of the Loewenberg School, added, “Our goal is to promote better
health for the Memphis community. Nursing faculty, including Dr. Carolyn Simonton
and professors Lisa Beasley and Elizabeth Thomas, have been instrumental in making
this happen. Most of our nursing faculty share their range of expertise, from managing
diabetes to coping with depression. It has been such a pleasure to work with Dean Ranta
and his faculty. As people take control of their health, they talk and walk, and become
More information is available online at www.memphis.edu/letstalkhealth.