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Master’s in Health Communication a Laughing Matter for Cartoonist

Master’s in Health Communication a Laughing Matter for Cartoonist

I didn’t expect that grad school would be a step on my path to becoming a better cartoonist, but here I am! I’m finishing up my master’s degree in health communication, and the Tufts program has been exactly what I needed. I’m an indie cartoonist and a member of the local comics collective Boston Comics Roundtable. I’m also an employee at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a few years ago, I started introducing healthcare themes into my comics. Then I attended … Read entire article »

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I’m Beautiful the Way I Am

I’m Beautiful the Way I Am

This fall, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a new public health communication initiative, I’m a Girl. The campaign aims to enhance young girl self-esteem and counter the unrealistic images of women portrayed by media. It’s a collaborative effort of several city agencies including the Human Resources Administration, The Center for Economic Opportunity., The NYC Commission on Women’s Issues, The Administration for Children’s Services, The Department of Youth and Community Development, The Department of … Read entire article »

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Big Data Shows Monday is Key to Health Messaging

New research shows promise about when to disseminate health communication messages for smoking cessation campaigns. The study, published in the Journal of American Medical Association, Internal Medicine shows that people are most likely to consider quitting smoking on Mondays. Tobacco use accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths and 87% of lung cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. Nearly 44 million Americans still smoke. New Monday Pattern Discovered The researchers were comprised of a collaborative group from San Diego State University, the Santa Fe Institute, The Monday Campaigns and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. They looked at Google searches from 2008 to 2012, in six languages (e.g. English, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish). Their findings revealed a weekly pattern in quit smoking search behaviors—a consistent … Read entire article »

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