Tag: Health Communication

Surgical training goes online

The University of East Anglia is now offering an online course in breast cancer and breast reconstruction surgery.   Eighty percent of the course is taught through online videos and the other 20 percent involves in person practical skills instruction from local trainers. The course also encourages students to learn from one another in online chat sessions.

Providing such a course online means that students don’t have to spend time or money traveling to and from London to receive training. 

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Captain America wants you to call for help

On the brink of defeat by a giant green monster machine, Captain America is saved by the heroic efforts of a nearby boy. Ends up that Captain America saves the boy, though.

Captain America

The Captain America comic titled "A Little Help" by Marvel Comics uses no dialogue to tell a story of a boy who just needs a little help. Will it make a difference with its intended audience? Photo from Marvel Comics and SAMHSA.

He does this not with his strength or fancy shield and cape, but by giving the kid a phone number: 800-273-TALK (8255).

That is the number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. John Draper, director of the Lifeline, wrote in a post on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) website that the idea for a popular comic book hero to promote suicide prevention and awareness came from the industry, not from the government;

“When I was a kid, I loved Marvel comic books.  As much as I indulged my imagination in the workings of superheroes back then, I never could have imagined that, decades later, Captain America would be an ally of mine in promoting SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline!”

But how exactly will a comic book help prevent suicide?

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Bill blogs about vaccine video

We’ve blogged in the past on health communications regarding vaccines about issues such as the misrepresentation of vaccines in the media and polio vaccination efforts in Nigeria.

On Jan. 29, Bill Gates blogged on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation website, announcing that one of the major themes in his 2011 annual letter will be “the miracle of vaccines,” a topic he similarly focused on in his 2010 letter.

His blog post was also the unveiling of a video the Foundation developed on vaccines titled “Vaccines Save Lives” that focuses heavily on polio. The video appears to be an attempt to make the importance of vaccinations more accessible to the general public.

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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

Photo credit: ConstructionDealMkting on Flickr

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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