Brad Canfield is an award-winning professional writer, editor, proofreader, researcher and communicator with more than 14 years of experience. Having spent 2015 and 2016 working in Africa at a mission hospital, he is now looking to return to professional corporate communications in the US.
Brad holds a Master of Arts, magna cum laude, in journalism and strategic communications from the University of Oregon (UO) and a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in English from Oregon State University (OSU). After working as a reporter and columnist for the OSU Daily Barometer student newspaper, Brad became a reporter for the Lebanon Express newspaper upon graduation. He then joined Samaritan Health Services, a large health-care system in western Oregon, as a professional communicator.
During his 10 years at Samaritan, Brad served as Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator, then as Public Relations and Marketing Manager and finally as Director of Annual Giving and Foundation Operations. In each of his roles he was responsible for writing, editing and proofreading high-level corporate communications pieces. He served as the editor of three of Samaritan’s primary annual publications: the Samaritan Community Health Impact Report; the Samaritan Cancer Report; and the Samaritan Foundations Report. He also served on the editorial team for Samaritan’s flagship quarterly magazine, Heart to Heart, and as a senior proofreader responsible for approving all communications pieces for the health-care system.
Brad is also an accomplished professional communications researcher. His master’s thesis consisted of an in-depth qualitative research project focused on the philanthropic views of young professionals. The paper won the UO’s Best Strategic Communications Project Award in 2009. Brad also conducted numerous donor research projects for Samaritan, including the creation of a ground-breaking donor research system for which he won the Samaritan Innovation Award in 2014.
In addition to the two awards mentioned above, Brad has won several awards for his writing: The Oregon Poetry Association’s First Place Award in both the New Poet and Poet’s Choice categories in 2012; and the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Best Collegiate Columnist Award in 2003. He also received OSU’s Waldo-Cummings Outstanding Student Award in 2003 and was selected for the Ford Leadership Institute in 2006.
In 2015, Brad took a unique opportunity to move to Ethiopia where he helped run a mission hospital and trained Ethiopian hospital employees in communications and leadership. He returned to the US in late 2016 and is now looking to work again as a professional communicator.
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Following are samples of Brad’s professional and academic writing.
Samaritan Community Health Impact Report. pdf
Samaritan’s 2014 Community Health Impact Report. Brad served as the editor and publication manager. He also wrote the copy on pages 4, 10 and 14.
Samaritan Foundation Report 2014. pdf
Samaritan’s 2014 Foundation Report. Brad wrote all of the copy and served as the publication manager.
Samaritan Cancer Campaign 2014. pdf
The public case for support for the Samaritan Campaign for Cancer Care, a massive fundraising effort in western Oregon. Brad served as the editor and publication manager.
Samaritan Employee Impact Report 2014. pdf
The Samaritan Employee Caring Campaign Impact Report. Brad wrote all of the copy and served as publication manager.
University of Oregon Thesis Paper. pdf
Brad’s master’s thesis, which won the University of Oregon’s Best Strategic Communications Project Award in 2009.
Medical School Case Booklet. pdf
An informational piece about the development of a new medical education campus in western Oregon. Brad served as the editor and publication manager.
Samaritan Donor Research Manual. pdf
A technical manual for Samaritan’s RFM+ donor research tool. Brad wrote the manual in addition to designing the RFM+ tool. He received the Samaritan Innovation Award in 2014 for this project.