New Metrics for New Ways of Doing Business

New Metrics Conference

This post was written by Caroline Conena.  Last week’s New Metrics ’14 conference presented by Sustainable Brands and MIT Sloan School of Management brought together top innovators in sustainable business. For 3 days, I joined their conversation and can confirm that the sustainability movement has taken off — and there’s no going back. Sustainable businesses focus on […]

Putting Plain Language on the Ballot

Image of the Scottish independence ballot

We’ve got a few Anglophile nerds here in the office, and we were a bit obsessed with the referendum on Scottish independence last week. It raised serious issues about cultural identity, the global economy, and the custody of some of the United Kingdom’s shared national treasures. Whatever you think about the outcome — by a […]

CH Team Member by Day…

The Not Ready for Bedtime Players

Providing diverse communities with clear and accessible health information is one my greatest passions. Since joining the team at CommunicateHealth, I’ve realized even more the extent of my interest for empowering people to make healthy choices through effective health communication. And that’s why I decided I wanted to continue this work — even after the […]

Medicare Data Release Spurs Health Tech Innovations

homepage for data.medicare.gov

This post was written by Cassidy Hayes. On April 9, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a pool of Medicare payment data to the public. The data detail a year’s worth of services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries by more than 880,000 U.S. doctors — including the payments that these […]

True Story of a CommunicateHealth Intern: Part 2

Sami in a meeting with Caroline.

This post was written by Sami Cohen. Ever since high school, I have known I want to study public health. While many of my friends aspire to be nurses and doctors that treat sick patients, I prefer to understand why people get sick and examine how we can prevent sickness in the first place. During […]

Reinventing the Health Brochure

Picture of oksbo brochures developed by Marcella

This post was written by Marcella Felde, a CommunicateHealth friend and fellow advocate for health + design. Marcella is currently a Managing Editor at Oksbo and working at the Maranyundo Girls School in Rwanda. At a health clinic, in Save, Rwanda, I sat with Sister Catherine, an A4 sheet of paper, and a folding bone. […]

Medicine, Yes. Cigarettes, No.

A no smoking sign saying "CVS quits for good"

This post was written by Perrie Briskin. Last week, we joined health professionals in applauding CVS Caremark’s decision to stop selling tobacco products at all CVS/pharmacy locations by October 1, 2014. It is a bold statement by the nation’s largest drugstore chain in overall sales. The decision is motivated by CVS’ plans to become more […]

True Story of a CommunicateHealth Intern

Kelsey in a meeting at CommunicateHealth

In October of 2012, I heard about CommunicateHealth. Interested in learning more about CH, I reached out to Blythe, a Senior Health Writer on staff. I was a junior at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. A double major in Public Health and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, I was learning about health disparities that affect my […]

Show Don’t Tell

Image of body maps to show emotions

This post was written by CH alum, Amy Behrens.  If someone is seeking mental health treatment, could it be more helpful to ask where it hurts than to ask how the person is feeling? According to new research on emotions, it might be. A group of researcher asked study participants to show them where they […]