Archive for the Best Practices Category

Dumb Ways to Die: A Smart Way to Convey a Safety Message

Nov 29

If you haven’t yet seen the recent PSA video from Melbourne Metro Trains, “Dumb Ways to Die,” you’re missing out. This fun, creative, and important train safety warning is taking the web by storm! In only six days after being uploaded to YouTube, the video garnered more than 14 million hits; today that number is […]

The Power of Positive Messages

Sep 26

What motivates you to exercise or eat healthy?  Are you the kind of person who needs a drill sergeant barking orders and insults to motivate you to move?  Does encouragement and reassurance motivate you to say no to that piece of chocolate cake?   While everyone is admittedly different and has their own style when trying […]

Promotores and Community Health Workers: from the Frontlines to the Forefront

Aug 30

In the past couple of years, Promotores and Community Health Workers have been receiving significant attention from public health Federal agencies, especially those interested in reaching and making an impact among vulnerable, low income, and underserved members of the Latino/Hispanic population. More specifically, Federal agencies are turning to these individuals for their unique ability to […]

All (credible) News is Local

Aug 24

Call it the Ron Burgundy effect. Pew Research Center for the People & the Press put out its most recent ratings of believability of news organizations and it’s bad. The average positive believability across 13 news organizations went from 62% in 2010 to today’s low of 56%. To give you some kind of perspective, 10 […]

Back to School Season Brings Challenges Yet Hope

Aug 14

As the beaches empty, the traffic congestion returns to normal, and shopping discounts for clothes and school supplies all signal the end to summer and the start of a new school year, one may wonder what the new school term will bring for many students across the country besides new friends and homeroom classes. With […]

Can I Quote You on That?

Jul 27

A recent article in the Texas Observer brought up the question that I hear a lot in my media trainings: will reporters share their story pre-publication with me? If you’re talking to  the Texas Observer, the answer is an emphatic “no.” If you’re talking to The Washington Post, the answer is “maybe” – an answer […]

Social Media in Disaster Preparedness and Response

Jul 05

If you’ve ever doubted how wired and connected we’ve become, take a look at the faces of people around you as a flight attendant announces that all portable devices must be turned off prior to takeoff.  It’s a scurry to check e-mail or Facebook just one last time.   And as that plane touches down, it’s […]

“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 […]

Donate Life Month-How Behavioral Economics Could Increase Organ Donation

Apr 19

In 2004 my father was diagnosed with acute renal failure caused by hypertension. He was advised to start dialysis and the kidney transplantation process by getting on the National Transplant Wait List.  His transplant coordinator said it could be several years before he received a kidney.  At that point, I made a personal decision to […]

The Role of Promotores in Community Health

Apr 17

Over the last decades, there has been an increasing interest in the development of “promotores,” or community health worker (CHW), programs to improve public health in underserved communities. But, what exactly are promotores and what is their role in these communities? Promotoras/es are leaders, predominantly in Hispanic communities, that provide relevant health information and promote […]