Summer Research Program alumni blog – Suraj Arshanapally

By Suraj Arshanapally, Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program alumnus Last summer, I was enrolled in the 2016 Institute of Public Health Summer Research Program cohort. I had the opportunity to learn from two incredible mentors, Dr. Kathleen Bucholz and Dr. Kimberly Werner, within the Department of Psychiatry. As a research intern, I investigated […]

Summer Research Program alumni blog – Amanda Lee

Written by Amanda Lee, MPH, public health research coordinator, Division of Public Health Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine,  Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program alumna When I started the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program in 2015, I had never worked in public health research before. As an undergraduate, I worked in […]

Whither health reform?

Written by Courtnie Phillip, BA in International Relations at Tufts University and participant in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program On July 17th, my phone lit up as a notification from the NYTimes app flashed across my screen. The headline read: “The health bill has collapsed with two more G.O.P. senators opposed. For […]

Enhanced Cultural and Linguistic Services standards: Not just language anymore

In 1997, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) undertook the development of national standards to provide organizations and providers with guidance on the implementation of culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Three years later, the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (CLAS) were entered into the Federal Register [1]. […]

Communication about threats: Keep it simple, visual, and specific

Every day, the general public is inundated with news about potential threats such as tornadoes, food contamination, and infectious disease outbreaks. The media keep the public up-to-date on these threats, both big and small. And while the media can be a valuable tool in disseminating information in threatening situations, they often miss the mark of […]

Creating global health messages that work

One of the key components of any health program is communication. How do we let people know what we are trying to do? How do we get people involved? How do we get people to change? While every potential audience we work with is inherently different, many of the same principles apply when we talk […]

Improve health literacy, save lives

Health Literacy Missouri aims to “partner with health care providers, advocates and organizations who want patients to feel better, systems to work and flow better, and materials to make more sense.” The organization offers a host of excellent resources for individuals, clinicians, and organizations to help improve health literacy.  Their “Learn the Facts” page outlines […]

Resource: Communicating for health

Washington  University’s Bernard Becker Medical Library offers a special program titled Communicating for Health. As noted on their website, this program: Offers customizable presentations, tailored trainings, and consultations in the areas of health information, health literacy, and health communication. Programming can be tailored to fit a variety of audiences, time constraints, learning styles, and areas […]

What you can do to support health literacy

Written by Heather Jacobsen of ClearApple Health Writing Language matters. Just ask the 6.4 million Americans receiving a subsidy to help pay for their health insurance through federal health exchanges. In King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court focused on the meaning of 6 words – “an exchange established by the state” – in the Affordable […]

Clarifying health insurance options

Written by Mary C. Politi, PhD, professor in the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine and Brianna Cusanno, Allegheny College and participant in the 2015 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program “Whitney has three children. Her youngest son has asthma. He sees a doctor (a specialist) and uses an inhaler (a prescription […]