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Why Michael Brown’s Death is a Public Health Problem

By Fay Gibson on October 29th, 2014

Unsupervised, make-shift play spaces are not uncommon in economically disadvantaged communities. Does this increase the risk of life-threatening encounters with law enforcement? The recent “weekend of resistance” in Ferguson, Missouri, gave me chills. Thousands of people organized in response to the attack on Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was shot multiple times and killed […]

NPR’s Terry Gross on Connecting with Others

By Risa Wilkerson on October 22nd, 2014

If you want to know how to engage in a meaningful conversation with someone you’ve never met, listen to Terry Gross speak. I had the pleasure of hearing her perspectives at the recent Communications Network conference in Philadelphia. As the longstanding host and executive producer of NPR’s Fresh Air, she has earned numerous awards for […]

3 Advocacy Lessons from a Door-to-Door Salesman

By Tim Schwantes on October 15th, 2014

“Hello, my name is Tim Schwantes. I’m a college student who was recently talking with your neighbors about these educational books for school-aged kids. They were really interested in hearing more about how they could help their kids after they got home from school…” This was the beginning of the door-to-door sales presentation I said […]

Exploring New Waters

By Mary Beth Powell on October 8th, 2014

Think you’ve exhausted all options? Reach out to some new players. Stretching beyond one’s comfort zone and into a different field of work can be intimidating. “I try to stay in my lane; I already have all I can do,” explained a good friend of mine, the executive director of a community development corporation (CDC). […]

Infographics: Worth the Effort?

By Sarah Moore on October 1st, 2014

Did you know that the average shelf life of a tweet or Facebook post is less than three hours? Grabbing your audience’s attention is tricky with the ever-increasing speed of information. You have compelling data and a story to tell, but your message can get lost in a crowded feed. How can you make it stand […]