Blogs

Strength in vulnerability: Why advocates must make self-care a priority in 2019

Although BMSG provides research and trainings for advocates to help them become more strategic communicators, we also gain a lot from the groups we work with. This year, the most valuable lesson we learned is about the power of resilience. Read more >


Top 10 public health and social justice media bites of 2018

A round-up of the most quotable, powerful, and memorable media bites we saw this year. Read more >


Join BMSG at APHA 2018

This year, we'll be presenting research on a range of topics, from violence prevention to the child welfare system to racial equity in the news. Check out our sessions and connect with us in person or online using #PHIAPHA and #APHA2018. Read more >


Improving media coverage of violence: What journalists want advocates to know

A new BMSG toolkit and conversations with veteran journalists offer insights into how you can refine your communication strategies and bring public health and social justice perspectives into news coverage of violence. Read more >


8 ways to communicate strategically about proposed federal immigration rule changes

Use these tips to strengthen your op-eds, comments to the Federal Register, and other messages opposing the administration's proposed public charge expansion — and to frame the issue in ways that further public health and social justice goals. Read more >


What can we learn from media coverage of trauma and family separation?

A BMSG analysis shows how the news about immigrant family separation, detention, and childhood trauma stands out from reporting on many other public health issues and offers insights for elevating trauma in other types of coverage. Read more >


On the road toward prevention: What advocates need to know about how sexual violence is framed

New resources from BMSG and our partners at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center examine how the media portray sexual violence, summarize best practices in framing the issue, and offer guidance for elevating prevention in the news. Read more >


Building people power to advance health equity: 3 lessons from community-driven initiatives

A set of case studies from BMSG identifies several key strategies that helped advocates in four California counties overcome systemic social barriers and lay the foundation for health. Read more >


Mapping the road forward: 6 steps for building effective messages about sexual violence prevention

As the #MeToo movement continues and we consider how best to support survivors, we also need to ask how to prevent assault and abuse in the first place. A new messaging guide from BMSG and RALIANCE can help advocates make the case for prevention. Read more >


5 ways that journalists can tell a more comprehensive story about early childhood

Recommendations from a new report on early childhood show how journalists can better illustrate the connections among policy decisions, environments, early childhood development, and health. Read more >


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