H.M. Epstein writes about parenting issues, politics and policy, physical and emotional healthcare, and passions both personal and professional. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) and serves on the Board of Directors of Brightpoint Health, a leading nonprofit provider of high-quality medical and mental health care to people challenged by health disparities in New York City. She also serves on the advisory panels for two major national studies of diagnostic error.
Over the past three decades she has worked in five disciplines, most of them concurrently: consumer advertising, business development, non-fiction writing, theater management, and as a community volunteer.
A graduate of New York University, Helene worked for more than two decades in advertising, strategic and new business development with ad agencies and advertisers of all sizes, and wrote columns and articles for advertising industry publications. That led to over 20 years as a writer and commentator, with articles in consumer magazines, and business and literary publications, under the bylines H.M. Epstein and Helene Kalmanson. (Visit hmepstein.com/portfolio for sample articles and columns).
Helene first became interested in the intersection of parenting and policy when assigned a major feature for Westchester Magazine. “A Parent’s Nightmare” chronicled the arrest of a well-respected Scarsdale couple for allegedly providing minors with alcohol and the issues surrounding underage drinking and the host law. As a regional look at a growing national trend, it became part of a constructive dialogue among parents, educators and the law enforcement community. The website she founded, Underage Drinking & the Law, has provided tens of thousands of parents with access to helpful advice both before and during crisis situations.
Helene has also consistently applied all of these disciplines to her work as a community volunteer. She has served various non-profits and two public school systems as an unpaid consultant, committee member and board member. She also co-founded a tiny classical rep theater company in Manhattan, serving first as their artistic director and later as a board member.
Most recently, Helene lived in St. Louis for almost two years. While there, she served as a board member of the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, as an allocation panelist for the United Way of St. Louis focusing on youth development for youth in crisis, and as a member of an ad hoc group counseling a County Commissioner and several local civic groups, on navigating issues of racial disparity and healing in the months following Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, MO.
Helene is currently working on a narrative non-fiction book about pediatric misdiagnosis. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband. They have one son.
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