2015 Health Literacy Events

Illustration of heath literacy events.

National events and conferences are great places to pick up new ideas, get perspective and inspiration, and strengthen your health communication muscles. They’re also excellent opportunities to meet other health literacy advocates, swap resources, and share strategies. Here are just a few of our favorite health literacy events coming up this year: Institute for Healthcare […]

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. […]

Lending an Ear to the Measles Vaccination “Debate”


The number of cases attributed to the Southern California measles outbreak is increasing by the day. This is unsurprising, given that measles is one of the most contagious diseases there is. Responsible for an average of 16 deaths every hour worldwide, it’s also a serious one. Measles has one redeeming quality, though: it can be […]

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 […]

SCOTUS Sides with Hobby Lobby Against Women

Supreme Court

Mondays always have the CommunicateHealth team buzzing around, getting a handle on the start to another busy week. Yesterday, many of us did so a little less cheerfully after hearing the Supreme Court’s ruling that Hobby Lobby’s religious beliefs allow them to opt out of covering certain forms of contraception for employees. And yes, that’s […]

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 […]

The 2014 ClearMark Awards

ClearMark Award Logo

Each year, CommunicateHealth looks forward to the ClearMark Awards — the annual celebration of plain language hosted by our friends at the Center for Plain Language. The ClearMark Awards recognize the very best in clearly written, easy-to-understand materials and websites. This year, we’re extremely proud to congratulate the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry […]

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 […]