Archive for the Public Health Category

“China’s Evolving Social Health Initiative: A Metaphor for New China?”

May 01

*The views expressed on this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer.* World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health literacy: The cognitive and social skills which determine the motivation and ability of individuals to gain access to understand and use information in ways which promote and maintain good […]

The Fight Against Polio: Health Communication Lessons from India’s Success

Apr 24

“Polio can be stopped when countries combine the right elements: political will, quality immunization campaigns and an entire nation’s determination. We must build on this historic moment and ensure that India’s polio program continues to move full-steam ahead until eradication is achieved.” – Bill Gates Image credit: Gates Foundation, Flickr Earlier this year, the global […]

A Twist in the Patient and Provider Dialogue

Apr 12

There seems to be a bit of press this month around patients having more to say about their medical care, as in the April edition of the New York Times, “Do Patients Want More Care or Less?” One of the key overall benefits of the Affordable Care Act is that millions of Americans who may […]

A New Look at “Product”

Apr 04

“Public health is everyone’s responsibility and there is a role for all of us, working in partnership, to tackle these challenges.” Andrew Lansley CBE MP, Secretary of State for Health, March 2011 Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in the National Social Marketing Centre’s Behavior Change and Corporate Responsibility Conference in London.  While […]

Sugar: The next public health crisis?

Apr 04

Having worked in Ogilvy’s Social Marketing Practice for almost 12 years on campaigns that address public health issues like heart disease, cancer, and addiction, I was intrigued by the recent 60 Minutes piece “Is Sugar Toxic?” that made connections between the sweet substance and each of these issues. The highlights for me included: Sanjay Gupta’s […]

Deadly Silence: Black women and Breast Cancer

Mar 30

For the past few weeks I’ve been following the ongoing feature published in The Washington Post called Black Women in America, which stems from a new nation-wide survey by the Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation that paints an interesting portrait of the lives of Black women. The survey includes interviews with more than 800 […]

Warning: Your doctor’s BMI may be dangerous to your health

Mar 28

Social marketers realize the power of encouraging behavior change through the doctor-patient relationship.  With health information coming at us from various sources and channels, the doctor, or more broadly speaking, the health professional, continues to be the #1 trusted source for health advice.  And this is a good thing; health professionals are educated, they know […]

The Individual Mandate and Affordable Care Act – A Social Marketing Challenge?

Mar 27

The Obama Administration’s landmark health care reform legislation – the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – is again making headlines this week as the Supreme Court hears arguments challenging its constitutionality. On the agenda today – the individual mandate – one of the most contested and controversial parts of the law. According to the Centers for […]

Museums and Libraries Are Promising Venues For Behavior Change

Mar 19

How social marketers can leverage museums and libraries to affect behavior change in targeted audiences.

Will You Be My Valentine? Only If You Wash Your Hands

Feb 16

Valentine’s Day is over – as shown by the discounted boxes of candy, wilting flowers, and picked-over rows of red greeting cards. What’s not quite finished is the flu season. I recently came across a Valentine’s Day-themed e-card from the American Public Health Association. The text reads: “I wanna hold your hand. But only after […]