On Immunity – wehearthealthliteracy – Medium

Today, dear readers, we’d like to bring to your attention a fascinating book that investigates vaccines and the fears some people have about them. Part memoir, part historical and cultural study, On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss documents the author’s decision-making process as she considers whether to get her newborn son vaccinated as recommended. […]

Photovoice – wehearthealthliteracy – Medium

Here at We ❤ Health Literacy Headquarters, we get really excited about innovative research methods (Design the Box! Collaging! OMG see?!). So this week, we’re plugging another technique that falls a bit outside of the norm. Photovoice, created by Caroline Wang and Mary Anne Burris, is a research technique that encourages members of a community […]

Adventures of a Female Medical Detective

When the weather outside is frightful, we like to get cozy with a good public health book. In this edition of the We ❤ Health Literacy Book Club, we’re curling up with Adventures of a Female Medical Detective by Dr. Mary Guinan, a memoir reflecting on her remarkable career in public health. In 1974, Dr. […]

Feedback Edition – wehearthealthliteracy – Medium

Since the dawn of We ❤︎ Health Literacy, our posts have focused on tips and tricks to help health communicators like you better reach your audiences. But what if we told you that you could apply these same health literacy best practices to interactions at your workplace? Let’s use giving feedback as an example. Here […]

Diffusion of Innovations – wehearthealthliteracy – Medium

Imagine you have come up with an awesome new health literacy initiative. You’ve put in the time planning, developing, and testing it. You’re about to educate hundreds — scratch that — thousands. You can see it catching on: health literacy is taking the world by storm. Now, how do you make your vision a reality? That, dear readers, is […]

An Education in Public Health Messaging

Chances are, dear readers, you’ve seen at least a few episodes of Sesame Street over the years. Some people’s earliest lessons in literacy and numeracy come from Elmo, Big Bird, and Cookie Monster. Sesame Street is famous for finding fun ways to teach kids the ABCs and the 123s — and even lessons in empathy. So, you […]

Teenage Girl in Oregon Contracts Plague – Bubonic Plague – HEALTH

  Oregon health officials have confirmed this week that a teenage girl in Crook County, Oregon, has contracted the bubonic plague. The girl most likely caught the disease from a flea bite during a hunting trip in northern Oregon and is currently recovering in an intensive care unit at a local hospital. The bubonic plague—yes, the […]

7 Questions To Ask Your Employer About Wellness Privacy

If your company hasn’t launched a wellness program, this might be the year. As benefits enrollment for 2016 approaches, more employers than ever are expected to nudge workers toward plans that screen them for risks, monitor their activity and encourage them to take the right pills, food and exercise. This involves a huge collection of […]