Tag: Health Communication

Massive polio outbreak in Nigeria prompts new health communication plan

polio vaccination posterHealth communication is recognized as part of the solution to decrease the incidences of polio in northern Nigeria, as reported on chicagotribune.com.

A team of communication experts is traveling to Nigeria this week in order to talk to the Nigerian community and develop better ways to get public health messages about polio vaccines out to community leaders. This team is from Michigan State University and is using a $384,000 grant from the World Health Organization to design a health communications plan.

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Health communication initiative targets heart health through the workplace

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In early November, the American Heart Association hosted Start! Eating Healthy day. The promotion wasn’t your typical individual level behavior change campaign, however. It was geared toward employers.

“We created Start! Eating Healthy Day to help keep your employees healthy….When companies make a pledge to increase their employees’ health, it not only helps the company but it also helps our entire country,” says Ralph L. Sacco, president of the American Heart Association.

According to the American Heart Association, the “workplace is one of the best places for people to improve their own and the nation’s health. And it’s also one of the best ways employers can reap the benefits of a healthy workforce.”

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Back to School: Interdisciplinary Health Communication 101

Two women are seated outside, engaged in conversation.Upstream is your premiere source for discussion, news and information in interdisciplinary health communication.  As we launch into another academic year, we are both building on our past and leaning into the new.  Hence, this is a unique opportunity to reflect briefly on our work as researchers, practitioners, students, and enthusiasts.

What is Health Communication?  What is not health communication? And who are key players in our field?

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