Day Two of Innovation at DHCX

Before we give our highlights from Day Two of the Digital Health Communication Extravaganza, let’s add our voice to the chorus of attendees who were provoked by Sekou Andrews’ performative speech that closed Day One! Deeply touching (and amusing!), it was a superb example of using storytelling to talk about complex problems and solutions — […]

Extreme Digital Health Communication: CommunicateHealth Reports From DHCX

At CommunicateHealth, we believe that digital health communication is an important piece of the health communication puzzle. So we’re excited to bring you a few highlights from sessions at the Digital Health Communication Extravaganza, where we’ve been soaking up some of the very latest innovations on the topic. It’s only Day One, and we’ve already […]

Rethinking the Food Label

This post was written by Molly McLeod.  All natural!  Good source of calcium! Low fat! Messages on the front of food packages shout at us in the grocery store, convincing us we need not stare at the stark statistics on the back of the package to determine if it’s healthy.  When it comes to making […]

The Social Life of Health Information

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This post was written by CH alum, Amy Behrens.  The report from Susannah Fox at the Pew Internet & American Life Project, The Social Life of Health Information, 2011, is a treasure trove of data for public health and health communication professionals. The report investigates the online health-seeking behaviors of adults in the U.S. There […]

Your Daily Dose of Color

This post was written by Molly McLeod. Nutrition experts recommend eating a variety of colorful foods as part of a healthy diet. But the natural colors of the produce section often compete with the artificial colors of the junk food aisle. Artist Tattfoo designed a public art project to highlight the beautiful colors found in […]

Tell Me a Story

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This post was written by CH alum, Amy Behrens.  It’s easy to get caught up in the latest innovations in technology and healthcare. (Guilty as charged!)  So we really appreciated a recent article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reminding us not to overlook tried-and-true health education interventions. One of these interventions is storytelling. […]

Universal Precautions: Prescription Label Changes

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Prescription labels can be a major source of confusion for the 48% of Americans taking prescription medications every month. That’s why we would like to applaud the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) for proposing new standards for all prescription labels in the U.S. The standards draw heavily from best practices in health literacy and user-centered design. Currently, […]

Older Generations Catching Up to the Millennials

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This post was written by CH alum, Amy Behrens.  A recent report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project offers new insight into online behaviors of each generation.  The most interesting aspect of this report is not how the generations vary, but how similar behaviors are across all generations. Most Internet users, regardless of age, […]

A Teaspoon or Tablespoon of Prevention?

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A new study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) calls attention to the difficulties parents have giving the proper dose of medication to their child. The study looked at over-the-counter medications that came packaged with a measuring device.  Out of 148 medications included in the study, 146 of them had inconsistencies […]

Introducing Healthy People 2020

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The newest edition of Healthy People, officially released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on December 2nd, sets “ambitious, yet achievable” national public health priorities for the next decade. Healthy People establishes national benchmarks and identifies relevant data sources, allowing health professionals and the government to monitor progress over time. One […]