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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 >


Facebook's other problem: How the company blocks the spread of legitimate stories

In its effort to prevent the proliferation of fake news, does Facebook, at times, swing too far in the other direction? Read more >


How California health departments are advancing health equity: Lessons learned on community, collaboration, and communication

New case studies show how much progress California health departments have made toward addressing racial and health inequities through innovative solutions, community power-building, and effective communication. More >


5 ways advocates can use Twitter to elevate the link between racism and childhood trauma

Trauma and racism are closely linked, but is that message coming through on social media? A new analysis from BMSG reveals gaps in conversations about these social justice issues and highlights opportunities for making the connection clear. Read more >  


How has news coverage of gun violence changed since Columbine?

BMSG's head of research, Pamela Mejia, discusses what aspects of coverage have changed — and stayed the same — since Columbine, what details are often missing from the news on gun violence, and how journalists and advocates can do more to show that prevention is possible. Read more >


The forgotten victims of officer-involved shootings

As other forms of gun violence dominate the news, officer-involved shootings remain underreported. Read more >


Beyond reading, writing and arithmetic: Lessons in media advocacy from a first-grader

After a 6-year-old learns about the importance of civic engagement, her mom reflects on even bigger lessons — for her daughter and herself. Read more >


5 steps public health can take to tell the health equity story of opioid use

It's being described as a public health crisis, but is news coverage of the opioid epidemic advancing public health goals? Read more >


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