We are the 90%

Health Literacy Infographic

According to the most recent data on literacy in the United States, only 10 percent of adults have the knowledge and skills needed to understand important information about their health. Our access to health services and informed health decision-making are dependent on this information. So what about the other 90 percent? We all want – […]

Inspiration and Innovation at UPA Boston’s 11th Annual Usability & User Experience Conference

How can organizations better involve clients in the design process? Are formal written reports the best way to communicate usability test findings? How can we engage new users in mobile and Web-based games for behavior change? These were a few of the questions that were explored at the 2012 UPA Boston Conference. UPA 2012 allowed […]

Health 2.0 at SXSW

This post was written by Perrie Briskin. South By Southwest (SXSW) is a massive three-part conference held in Austin, TX every March. This year, we attended SXSW Interactive’s health track, known as SXSWh. SXSWh was a formidable collision of ideas, hopes, dreams, and action plans for how to utilize technology to make individuals — and […]

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 — […]

Cut Waste, Cultivate Content: On the President’s Campaign to Cut Waste

From an email we received yesterday from WhiteHouse.gov: “There are nearly 2,000 top-level web domains across the Federal Government. While many of these sites provide taxpayers with valuable services and information, this proliferation of separate websites creates unnecessary confusion and inefficiency, wastes taxpayer dollars, and makes it difficult for the public to find important government […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Health in the Palm of Your Hand

17 percent of cell phone users have used their cell phone to look up health or medical information, according to a study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. That number may seem low, seeing as apps and smartphones are all the rage, but the key to this statistic is who makes up that […]

Sharecare: More questions than answers?

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A new health Web site is creating a media buzz, thanks in part to Oprah and her friends. Sharecare.com is developed by Jeff Arnold (founder of WebMD) and Mehmet Oz in collaboration with a handful of companies like Discovery Communications, Sony, and Harpo Studios (Oprah’s production company). It’s an interactive Web site where consumers can […]