Writing About Race and Ethnicity

Race and ethnicity introduce themselves to each other, find they are both social constructs, and high-five.

As health communicators, we know it’s our responsibility to choose our words carefully — especially when we’re tackling topics like gender or disability. This goes for race and ethnicity, too. But not to fear, dear readers — we’re here to clear things up! First things first: although they can overlap, race and ethnicity aren’t the same […]

Face Their Fears

A scientist stands at a booth reading "Lend us your shoes (so we can put ourselves in them)" as scientists in the background exclaim "So much empathy!" over a pile of shoes.

As a health literacy superstar, it’s your job to give people the right information in the right way. But sometimes it can be tough to know what the right information is. Seasoned public health professionals would say: when in doubt, look to the data. We say: okay, but don’t stop there. Many public health communication […]

(Online) Video Killed the Radio Star

An online video titled "How to Make Health Videos for Internet" starring Doug Doodleman.

If you’re anything like us, dear readers, you still shudder thinking about the awkward videos from 7th grade health class. You remember them: cheesy tales of peer pressure on prom night that left everyone sweaty palmed and wondering how to apply these lessons in real life. Thankfully, videos about health have come a long way […]

Battle of the Acronyms: STD vs. STI

A Doodle competes in "Wheel of Fortune", considering their next move. The board reads "ST_"

Today we’re tackling a common question: when writing about sexual health, is it best to use “STD” (sexually transmitted disease) or “STI” (sexually transmitted infection)? Sexual health is one of those sensitive topics that health communicators often encounter, so it’s especially important for us to choose our words carefully when discussing it. “STI” has gained […]