Listen Up!

It’s not exactly news that it’s hard to be a woman in a male-dominated workplace. Women’s opinions and ideas can go unheard in meetings and other professional contexts — and often, even well-meaning men just don’t notice. An article that recently caught our eye in New York Magazine’s The Cut shares how one group of women […]

Are you ready to shape the future of health communication?

The Society for Health Communication logo

This post was written by CH alum, Amy Behrens.  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 […]

CH Helps Close the Diaper Gap

Diapers in a shopping cart

In my volunteer work as a doula, I hang out with a lot of babies — and that means a lot of diapers. Sadly, 1 in 3 families struggle to afford diapers, which is very stressful for parents. In the long term, family income, education, nutrition, and health are greatly impacted when this basic need isn’t […]

Self-Care: Balancing Motivation with Skill

Evolving understanding of self-care among individuals

This post was written by Luke Menard.  Proactively engaging in self-care is one of the most important aspects of promoting and improving one’s overall health. Self-care can range from planning a diet or exercise routine to tracking weight or blood pressure over time. Ipsos (a global market research company) — along with the National Council […]

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Morris Zolu, Kaifouba Kamara, and Joseph Walatee with their pictures attached to their protective gear.

Picture this: you’re feeling groggy, foggy, and confused. Your head throbs, your body is weak — you’ve been taken from your home into a strange, unfamiliar place. You look up and see people covered from head to toe in white plastic suits, picking at you with hands and tools, afraid. You can make out a […]

The Whole Story of Health

Narrative Medicine by Rita Charon

“I’m your doctor and you’re my patient — and in order to help you I need to know a great deal about your body, your health, and your life.” This is how Dr. Rita Charon, literary scholar, internist, and founder of the Narrative Medicine Master’s Program at Columbia University, starts every visit with new patients. […]

Sex Ed and Health Literacy

National Sex Ed Conference

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the National Sex Ed Conference, which is dedicated exclusively to sexuality education. It’s the largest of its kind in the United States, and in my opinion, one of the most important public health conferences. My favorite workshops discussed the importance of tailoring sexual health information to meet […]

Focusing on the User with UXPAdc

Photo of a presenter at UXPAdc

Two CH staffers recently attended UserFocus 2014, the annual meeting of the Washington, DC Chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPAdc). Local UX professionals exchanged best practices, lessons learned, and peanut butter cups! Our two big takeaways are: 1. Usability Testing ≠ $$$ When faced with a small budget for usability testing (or even […]

Report from AMWA: Medical Writing, Plain Language, and More!

Mary Ann and Kat presenting at AMWA 2014.

Recently, 3 of us attended the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) conference in Memphis, TN. In between visits to Graceland and tastes of bourbon, we shared our tips and tricks for creating stellar online health content with an enthusiastic audience of writers, content managers, and clinicians. It was great to hear about the efforts they’re […]