WellCommons editor accepts job at Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Dr. Tapas "Joey" Ghose, of Cardiovascular Specialists of Lawrence, shows WellCommons editor Karrey Britt how a wrist band is used to control bleeding after a diagnostic heart test  is done through the wrist. The wrist band has an air pump that applies pressure based on need. He demonstrated the technology Friday, April 1, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Tapas "Joey" Ghose, of Cardiovascular Specialists of Lawrence, shows WellCommons editor Karrey Britt how a wrist band is used to control bleeding after a diagnostic heart test is done through the wrist. The wrist band has an air pump that applies pressure based on need. He demonstrated the technology Friday, April 1, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Today is a bittersweet day.

I am leaving the Lawrence Journal-World after 16 years in various jobs. I have worked with amazing, talented people who have enriched my journalism experience. I also have had the honor and privilege to tell the stories of people in our community and across the state.

In 2009, I was given the unique opportunity to help launch this innovative community health website, WellCommons. It has been an amazing experience. The site continues to be a success and is receiving national attention. In 2011, it received a national award from Editor & Publisher magazine for best community service website.

So far this year, the site has received 645,000 visits and 280,000 unique visitors, which is up 20 percent from the previous year.

While I won't be overseeing the site after today, I will be using it as the communications coordinator at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. I also will continue to read your posts and comments and look forward to continuing the conversation about how to make our community a happier, healthier place to live.

Dennis Anderson, managing editor, left in foreground, and WellCommons editor Karrey Britt, welcome residents to an open house and celebration for WellCommons, a niche health website, in the News Center, 645 N.H. The event was Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, which also was national Wear Red Day.

Dennis Anderson, managing editor, left in foreground, and WellCommons editor Karrey Britt, welcome residents to an open house and celebration for WellCommons, a niche health website, in the News Center, 645 N.H. The event was Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, which also was national Wear Red Day. by Mike Yoder

If you need assistance with WellCommons, here are a few contacts:

• Alex Parker, online editor, at 832-6356 or aparker@ljworld.com. He can help handle the "technical" stuff.

• Caroline Trowbridge, community editor, at 832-7196 or ctrowbridge@ljworld.com. She can answer questions about content (what you are posting and where).

• Mark Potts, vice president for content, at 832-7105 or mpotts@ljworld.com. He would like to hear your thoughts about the website and what you would like to see changed.

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Comments

ayanders 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Karrey for all of your years of wonderful health reporting to our community. You always had a wide array of interesting and informative stories and were a joy to work with. In addition, WellCommons has become the "go-to" place for local wellness stories and events. I will look forward to working with you in your new role.

Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm very sorry to see you go. Good luck in your new job, but it is going to know who will replace your energy and awareness!

Chris Lempa 2 years, 2 months ago

Congratulations on your new position and on all of the work you have done to make WellCommons and amazing community resource!

danielsdad 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Karrey for taking the time and doing such a wonderful story about my son not being able to receive enough mental health care for all his problems, which now has lead to his death at an early age of 28. Good Luck on your new job.

Danielsdad

Ali Edwards 2 years, 2 months ago

Karrey- thanks for all your hard work on Wellcommons over the past couple years. We appreciate having a forum to post about what interests us the most: health. Glad you'll be staying in the field (and in Lawrence)!

Karrey Britt 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks everyone for your kind words. It was an honor to work with all of you!

focusedonfitness 2 years, 2 months ago

Karrey, Thank you so much for being such a motivated and dedicated reporter and editor. I have enjoyed working with you and am sorry to see you go. Congratulations on your new opportunity. I know you will do amazing things there!

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