About Amanda

 Amanda Pain’s freelance writing business helps organizations bridge message and mission. Amanda has a dual masters in social work and public health and a bachelors in Journalism. She is currently looking for freelance opportunities to assist clients with writing blogs, newsletters, articles, white papers as well as internal or external reports for organizations solving some of the world’s toughest problems; such as access to health care, immigration and poverty.

Curiosity about the world is something that has always driven Amanda. She values education, new experiences and challenges that allow her to think analytically. Amanda was a Peace Corps volunteer in Uzbekistan after completing her undergraduate degree in journalism. Her experiences abroad strengthened her empathy and passion to help others, and she is drawn to utilize her writing skills as a tool for social change.

Since starting her business Amanda has written blogs, newsletters as well as news articles for online publication (see Portfolio page). Amanda has 15 years of experience working for non-profits and academia. Her last full-time position was as a project manager working on the Global Burden of Disease research study at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). This immense global health study, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, endeavors to measure disability and death from a multitude of diseases worldwide. As a project manager Amanda furthered the mission of IHME by coordinating data collection and analysis, and is co-author on several academic papers for publication in the both The Lancet and JAMA Oncology. Amanda has advanced degrees in social work and public health and has managed quantitative research, international programs as well as academic proposals and grants.

Amanda’s journalism education honed her skills in writing, developmental editing and interviewing. She is comfortable discussing and writing about a variety of topics, and is not afraid of the conflict that can sometimes arise when spreading an organization’s mission or vision. Her ability to see the big picture contributes to her understanding different target audience’s view points.

Amanda cares deeply about people and has worked in a variety of ways to help others, regardless of how challenging the issue. She has worked as a clinical case worker with the mentally ill homeless population. She has done policy and advocacy work on women’s health issues, and rights for domestic violence victims as well as assisted with social marketing platforms to aid in public health campaigns. Amanda has also worked as a field research assistant on an HIV/AIDS study in Malawi, and conducted her own market research for her public health master’s thesis, on whether text messaging would be a successful platform to help people during an influenza pandemic.

Amanda works enthusiastically with people, sets ambitious goals for herself and is inherently a planner. Her educational and professional pursuits have all been carried forward with her values of intellectual challenge, openness to change and optimism for making the world a better place.