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Risky Drinking film posterHow to Make a Public Health Documentary: HBO's "Risky Drinking"

Thursday, December 15, 2016
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Nearly 70% of American adults drink and nearly 1/3 of them engage in problem drinking at some point in their lives. Produced by HBO Documentary Films in association with the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), "Risky Drinking" is no-holds-barred look at a national epidemic through the intimate stories of four people whose drinking dramatically affects their relationships. Through immersive storytelling, expert commentary and animation, this 85-minute film offers a new perspective on alcohol use disorder, as it falls along a broad spectrum of risk and includes life-saving information about what can work. The film aims to provoke a much needed conversation about how to identify risky drinking and to suggest alternatives to the one-size-fits-all treatment approach that prevents many people from seeking help. After the film, Perri Peltz (MPH '84) led a lively discussion about the ethical responsibilities of a documentary filmmaker. She commented upon the perils of addiction, the subject screening process, and her own ethical approaches to morally ambiguous boundaries.

Lunch & Learn with Dr. Altman, Kaiser Family FoundationLunch & LEARN: A health policy agenda beyond the aca

Thursday, October 27, 2016
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In his lecture, “A Health Policy Agenda Beyond the ACA,” Dr. Drew Altman spoke of the partisan divide within healthcare reform and conflicting health policy priorities by policymakers and politicians, the media and the American people. As an expert on health communication, he also discussed the media and its inaccurate portrayals of the ACA. Dr. Altman is President and CEO of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. The Kaiser Family Foundation serves as an independent and non-partisan source of research, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media and the general public. Dr. Altman is an innovator in the world of foundations and a leading expert on national health policy. 


live recording: dr. tom farley on person place thing with randy cohen

Thursday, January 28, 2016
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In this live recording of  episode of Person, Place, Thing (the public radio show), Emmy Award-winner Randy Cohen will ask former NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley about a person, a place, and a thing that are meaningful to him. This live show featured accompanying live music with Kevin Nathaniel Hylton. Tom Farley, MD, MPH, is the CEO of the Public Good Projects, a media effort to improve the health of the nation. From 2009 to 2014 he was the Health Commissioner for New York City. In those years, he advocated for innovative public health policies in New York City, including making the city’s parks and beaches smoke-free, raising the legal sales age of tobacco to 21, and restricting the burning of air-polluting fuels to heat buildings.  


Food for Thought: Healthy Choices or Billion Dollar Burden? Framing the Debate Over Menu Calorie Labeling

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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James Colgrove and Rachel Shelton, both professors in Sociomedical Sciences, discussed the preliminary results of a content analysis conducted under the purview of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, examining public comments submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in response to proposed menu labeling regulation. In their close read of 64 comments from industry groups and 33 from public health groups, Colgrove and Shelton identified two divergent ways of framing the debate: public health used the language of social justice, prioritizing collective responsibility and cooperation, while industry emphasized the values of market justice, placing a premium on individual liberty and economic opportunity.


Lunch & Learn: Digital Media Strategies for Social Change

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
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At-risk teens often use risk behaviors to stand out. In turn, they need custom-targeted, culturally appropriate messages and strategies that appeal to their identities and values. This workshop will review how you can truly understand your audience’s identities and share innovative strategies to evaluate your program reach. Tyler Janzen, Senior Director of Client Services, leads the Social Branding team at Rescue Social Change Group. Tyler will discuss interventions designed to reach teens at the local, state and national level. This presentation will explore how messages are tailored to the unique values of each crowd, and how digital and social media can be targeted to their unique interests. Peer influence is one of the most influential factors in teen risk behaviors. However, peer influence is rarely included in behavior change programs because can be an allusive variable to depend on. The concept of “peer crowds,” organizes American teens into five “crowds” that share similar interests, lifestyles, influencers, and habits. Each peer crowd has a unique set of values that can be used to create more effective messages and intervention strategies to influence risk behaviors.


Lunch & Learn: Health & Wikipedia

Monday, October 19, 2015
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Everyday, millions of people search online for health information to answer questions such as: Should I give my daughter antibiotics for her runny nose? Could my headache be a brain tumor? When should I get my first colonoscopy? Like it or not, many people use a quick Internet search to seek health information, and Wikipedia entries are frequently the first results. This Wikipedia tour explores how the public uses Wikipedia to retrieve health information and guide their healthcare decisions. Students, professionals and academics in all health-based fields can contribute to to make sure these Wikipedia entries are accurate and understandable. Lane Rasberry is the Wikipedian-in-Residence at Consumer Reports. As someone who shares Consumer Reports’ mission of empowering consumers to become better informed about decisions they make, Rasberry edits Wikipedia health content to ensure that it is current, accurate, and science-based. * Correction Notice: The HIV/AIDS article has the paper printed equivalent of 400 pages of discussion and edits on issues like the credibility of sources, not 1,500 pages. Related articles including the one on the HIV virus present additional lengthy critiques on overlapping topics.