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Media advocacy then and now: An advocate reflects on 20 years of using the media to improve public health

How is media advocacy the same and how has it changed in the 20 years since BMSG opened its doors? Our former deputy director, Katie Woodruff, looks back on the evolution and shows what keeps advocates going over the long haul. Read more >


What's stopping California's moms from breastfeeding in the hospital?

Most expectant mothers enter the hospital wanting to breastfeed their babies but leave not doing so. A new California bill would help remove some of the obstacles that are making it hard for many moms to carry out their plans. Read more >


Big Food and Big Tobacco take the long view and so should advocates

To create a favorable political climate and protect their profits, both the food and tobacco industries have devised ways to anticipate -- and counter -- threats. Their tactics, often hidden from the public, reveal an important lesson: Success happens over the long haul -- advocates should plan accordingly. Read more >


Behind Coca-Cola's ties to NAACP

When news broke of NAACP’s recent decision to accept funds from Coke and help fight portion size limits in New York City, many in public health were quick to scold the civil rights group. But there's more to the story than meets the eye, and advocates shouldn't be distracted from real culprit in all this: Big Soda.


How Big Food is targeting my toddler

As a media researcher, I spend my days analyzing the food industry's marketing of junk to children, so I'm uniquely aware of their insidious tactics. But now, as my daughter approaches age 2 and the food industry sets its sights on her, I'm not just studying the problem. I'm living it. Read more >


What Coke's new ads don't tell you

In its latest ad campaign, Coca-Cola claims that it is committed to fighting obesity -- so why doesn't the beverage giant stop targeting low-income children of color? Read more >


Advocates bulking up for the next battle with Big Soda

Will Californians see 14 new soda tax proposals by 2014? Proponents of a soda tax took a bruising last November, but their defeat has only emboldened them to come back and fight even harder. Read more >


The year in public health: Looking back on hard-won progress, looking ahead to new possibilities

2012 was a big year for public health. We saw advances in everything from nutrition to violence prevention to the media's coverage of these issues. What progress will we see in 2013?


Can we prevent another Sandy Hook?

Will the nation's grief and outrage over the Newtown, Conn., shooting finally translate into action to prevent future violence? Or will momentum fade as it did following similar tragedies? A trend emerging from recent media coverage gives us reason for hope. Read more >


The high cost of prison phone calls: Advocates show who really pays

In the midst of the holiday season, advocates are putting a focus on families front and center in their push to reform an unfair and incredibly expensive prison phone call system. Read more >


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