In this Q&A, Dr. Vicki Alexander, who helped lead Berkeley, California's successful soda tax campaign, discusses the importance of elevating community voices in public health battles and shares lessons for other cities looking to regulate sugary drinks. Read more >
New BMSG research highlights how media monitoring can inform public health efforts on a range of issues from violence prevention to sugary drinks. We'll present findings at this year's meeting of the American Public Health Association. Read more >
How public health messages are framed affects how the public and policymakers understand issues and what to do about them. PreventObesity.net's Inside Track talks with BMSG's Fernando Quintero about the pitfalls of one common type of framing and how advocates can avoid it. Read more >
Public health issues have been a dominant part of the news this year, and advocates played a major role in shaping their coverage. Out of these efforts emerged many memorable media bites. Here are 10 of BMSG's favorites.
Berkeley's landslide victory in passing a tax on sugary drinks, along with other cities' recent efforts to do the same, reveals some do's and don'ts in developing strategic media advocacy campaigns. Read more >
The words we use to describe public health issues can open people up to new ideas or reinforce old ways of thinking, undermining advocates' efforts to make the case for policies that support health. Here are three common phrases that may be doing the latter. Read more >