Kidney Disease Research Updates
Nurik Appointed Director of NIDDK Information Clearinghouses
Jody Nurik has been named director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Information Clearinghouses. She will oversee long- and short-range plans and operations for the NIDDK’s three national health information Clearinghouses and manage the Clearinghouses’ support contract. Nurik will also manage the update and production of more than 300 award-winning print and online publications and three national awareness campaigns—bladder control for women, celiac disease, and bowel incontinence.
The Clearinghouses disseminate science-based health information to the public, health professionals, and the media. In 2009, the Clearinghouses handled nearly 79,000 information requests, received 6 million visitors to the NIDDK health information website, and distributed more than 1 million publications.
In 2004, Nurik oversaw the transition and establishment of all NIDDK Clearinghouse support contract operations to Circle Solutions, Inc., where she served as project manager. “Jody is extremely detail-oriented and gifted in big-picture-planning too,” noted Kathy Kranzfelder, director, Office of Communications and Public Liaison, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, and former director of the Clearinghouses. “From inquiry response to materials development to inventory database management to exhibit staffing and scheduling to reporting—the Clearinghouses will definitely benefit from new perspective and deep experience from Jody.”
Prior to joining the NIDDK, Nurik was director of product marketing at Resolution Health/WellPoint, Inc., where she developed and managed health communications for health care providers and the public. In this role, Nurik led plain language initiatives, outreach campaigns, and market research with physicians and consumers to improve content and design.
Nurik has also managed an information center for the Health Resources and Services Administration, also part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and has launched adult and pediatric diabetes disease management programs at one of the largest home health companies in the United States. Nurik began her career as a nurse, moving up to supervise urology units of a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine.
To learn more about the NIDDK Information Clearinghouses, visit www.niddk.nih.gov.
NIH Publication No. 11–4531