CDC’s Gateway

They call it a gateway to Health Communication and Social Marketing Practice, and it surely is an entrance, starting point, platform, launchpad (ideally not a rabbit hole or a gangplank)  to a teeming intellectual garden of resources.

Have you seen those ironic web pages proclaiming “You have  reached the last page of the Internet. Now go outside and play!”

I doubt you will reach the last page of this site, however you will enjoy the journey. Start here.

Visualization methods

If you like using visuals such as Venn Diagrams, mind maps, and charts of various kinds, you will love learning about 72 methods displayed in the Periodic Table of Visualization Methods. Just before posting this, I took a look at the family of Metaphor Visualization; the Heaven ‘n’ Hell map intrigued me.

I was delighted to find this elegant catalogue of visualizations methods a few years , and the interactive version provides interesting examples of each, using rollovers.  Lengler and Eppler hold the copyright, and a simple search leads you their original paper explaining the various categories.  See the table here.

CDC’s National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media

Well, another August will have passed, and regrettably I will again not be attending CDC’s National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media.

This however ought not stop you!

Here is the website:

I will be there in spirit however, since I am now working on a tool similar to the one presented by Galen Cole last year . See the slideshare:

Galen and “Company” will be presenting again this year; we will certainly find the emerging tools very useful.

BC PHA’s Summer School

It will be a great pleasure to be with old and new colleagues at the BC Public Health Association’s 3rd Annual Summer School.

Here is the link for more information:

This year is focusing on health communication and evaluation. The School has a huge virtual component as there are seven sites participating with real-time videoconferencing (around 200 participants in all), as well as the website postings.

I am delighted to be presenting on best practices, media advocacy and communication resources on July 24 and 25.

It brings back good memories of the Ontario Health Promotion summer schools which were residential and packed with all kinds of learning.  It is great to see adaptations and enhancements.