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When we can anticipate how our communications are likely to be received, we can adjust. Better yet, we can make choices about how to frame our communications that are proven to help get our...

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Reframed Answers to Tough Questions

“Reframed Answers to Tough Questions”, offers guidance on how to respond strategically to FAQs, in order to make the most of these framing opportunities.

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Recommendation #1

Demonstrate your familiarity with the sectors you wish to engage.

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Recommendation #2

Explain the social determinants of health using the Foundation of Community Health metaphor.

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Recommendation #3

Illustrate how the field of public health is transforming to meet 21st century needs.

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Recommendation #4

Leverage allies and public health professionals working in or with other sectors as messengers.

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Foundation of Community Health

A metaphor for explaining how the health of a community is supported by the work of professionals in many different sectors

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GPS Navigation

A metaphor for explaining how the field of public health engages data to support the work of other sectors in innovative and forward-thinking ways.

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Value of Investment

A guiding principle that reminds professionals in all sectors about their shared commitment to using monetary and other resources effectively, and with an eye toward long-term benefits.

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Gaps At-a-Glance

Key differences between how experts in public health and leaders in other sectors think about the topics of health, public health, and cross-sector collaboration.


Toxins and Tension: Media and Organizational Discourse about Public Health

In this report, we identify dominant patterns in media coverage and in the communications of public health advocacy, policy, and research organizations. By analyzing how these practices are likely...


Public Health Reaching Across Sectors: Strategies for Communicating Effectively about Public Health and Cross-Sector Collaboration with Professionals from Other Sectors

With support from the de Beaumont Foundation and the Aspen Institute’s Health, Medicine and Society Program, as part of the Public Health Reaching Across Sectors (PHRASES) Initiative, this...