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Meghan Fitzpatrick: An Eye for Design, a Heart for Service

Communications Lead, Meghan Fitzpatrick develops a wide variety of print, web, and other media products for NWCPHP. She channels her love for community health and service through communication, making each word and design choice count for the greater good.
Meghan Fitzpatrick: An Eye for Design, a Heart for Service

NWCPHP Communications Lead, Meghan Fitzpatrick with dahlias, her favorite flower because of their colors and unique design.

Communications Lead Meghan Fitzpatrick develops a wide variety of print, web, and other media products for NWCPHP. She channels her love for community health and service through communication, making each word and design choice count for the greater good.

January 7, 2015

A peek into the life of NWCPHP Communications Lead Meghan Fitzpatrick can be best viewed through a “service-oriented” lens. Due in large part to her upbringing, her family members are all in the business of helping others—her father is a Catholic grade school principal, and her mother and brother are both nurses. Meghan attended Catholic schools growing up which stressed community service activities.

“I have always found it interesting to look at population health, what we can do to help, and how can we can use different communication mediums to elicit thought, change, and solutions,” said Meghan. “I think that my upbringing helped set the tone for what I wanted to do later in life.”

As a child, Meghan always had an artistic side to her; she was an avid reader, and she enjoyed creative writing. Meghan’s father (also a former English Teacher) was a positive influence on her communications skills, which she has carried with her through college and into her career. “I think he really instilled that innate sense of writing and editing in me at an early age,” said Meghan.

Meghan earned her degree from Gonzaga University in Public Relations with minors in Sociology and Advertising. She subsequently obtained a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington, and a Certificate in Graphic Design from Bellevue College. While in college, Meghan was able explore a variety of courses that tickled her fancy ranging from Art and Chemistry to Subcultures to Vietnam: War-Christian Morality. However, one class she took stood out from the rest. “I took just one graphic design class and that was all I needed to fall in love with it,” said Meghan.

As the Communications Lead, Meghan wears a lot of different hats at NWCPHP, working on everything from writing, to design to website work. “I like that my work touches every part of the center, and that I have an opportunity to work with external partners on occasion.” She enjoys the variety of work that her position brings, and the challenge of working on new types of projects. Recently, Meghan prototyped a smart phone app for breast cancer survivors, and she will be designing the 2015 issue of Northwest Public Health.

Meghan Fitzpatrick paddle boarding

Outside of work, Meghan loves staying active through Zumba, a Latin, dance-inspired fitness program. Though Meghan grew up playing sports such as basketball and softball, she never danced as a kid, but always had a love for music. “At the gym one day, I heard music playing, and I thought to myself, ‘what is this?’ The music was coming from a Zumba class, and after checking it out, I decided to give it a try,” said Meghan.

Now, Meghan can be found passing on her enthusiasm for Zumba and helping others stay healthy as an instructor. She recently co-taught a Zumba class through the University of Washington’s The Whole U program.

As a die-hard fan of the Gonzaga University’s basketball team, Meghan has traveled great lengths to watch them play. She recently watched them play during the “Battle in Seattle,” and has even traveled to Las Vegas and Portland for the West Coast Conference Tournament.

When she’s not indoors teaching Zumba classes or cheering on the Zags, Meghan enjoys the outdoors by paddle boarding. She also has been growing cooking herbs and dahlias, which are her favorite flowers. “I think what I like most about dahlias quite frankly are their colors and unique design!”

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