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 […]
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How social marketers can leverage museums and libraries to affect behavior change in targeted audiences.
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 […]
This morning we welcomed more than 100 social media and health enthusiasts to the Ogilvy Washington office for our social media week panel, The Impact of Social Media in Healthcare. The panelists and audience discussed many facets of the same challenge: leveraging social to improve health. A few highlights and common threads throughout the morning: […]
Cancer: Everything causes it and a cure is always further away than we hope. Public health graduate studies led me to believe (initially) that all public health is about cancer. Though these days I try to worry less about cancer (only because there are so many professional worriers—those whose life pursuit is the cure for […]
In recent weeks, there have been a number of hard-hitting anti-obesity campaigns making headlines. As Trish Taylor described earlier this week, Georgia’s “Strong4Life” anti-childhood obesity campaign, introduced by the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, uses short ads, billboards, and TV spots depicting an obese child and statements including “fat kids become fat adults,” and “it’s hard to be […]
When you’re facing a decision, does the way in which a product is positioned or a question is phrased influence your answer? Proponents of behavioral economics would say yes, resoundingly. Take this example from a study that examined the rate at which people opted to donate their organs in different countries. In some countries the […]
We, as Americans, find ourselves living in a time of astounding debt– $14.3 trillion to be exact. Many Americans are worried about their own financial future and freedom as well as the fiscal outlook of our country. As the Administration scrambles to find a solution, parties are further divided over the ‘best’ way to help […]
Although humans are complex creatures, let’s face it – we are “cognitive misers.” We like to process information simply. And who can blame us, in this day and age of information bombardment, it is natural to place information in silos to help us better digest the content. Sometimes we even ignore information, unless something pulls […]
The recent study, Dynamics of Cause Engagement, revealed that more Americans are involved with supporting our troops and feeding the hungry than any other causes or social issues today. Nearly two in five Americans affirmed to be personally involved with these causes. Health-related issues, such as breast cancer, diabetes and heart disease, also appear near […]