Other Things We ❤: Plugins

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Today we’re going to tell you about something we really ❤: Plugins (also known as plug-ins, add-ons, or extensions). To be clear, we’re not talking about air fresheners, but rather tiny tools that enhance your web browser. Plugins can help you create better websites for your users — and you know we really, really ❤ that. So if you haven’t … Continue reading

Are you ready to shape the future of health communication?

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It’s official: The Society for Health Communication has launched! The Society is the first professional, member-driven organization to bring together health communication practitioners, students, and scholars from diverse backgrounds — including government, industry, nonprofits, and academia. Maybe even YOU. The Society will serve as a place for all health communication professionals to generate and share best practices … Continue reading

Frequently Asked Question: How do I explain “clinical trials”?


If you’re anything like us, you’re constantly reading up on the latest research in public health and medicine, and you understand the connections between health messages and the research behind them. But your readers, dear readers, may not — which leads us to this week’s topic. You asked, we answer: How do I talk about … Continue reading

Frequently Asked Question: How do I give online instructions?

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Let’s say you’re entering information to set up your personal online health tracker. You’re cruising along checking boxes, when suddenly: “Hover over the options below for mouseover prompts to help make your selections. Then continue by navigating to My Health Goals.” Come again? Unfortunately, there are a lot of confusing instructions out there in internet-land. … Continue reading